8 Week Mindfulness and Compassion Training for Edinburgh University Students (UG/PG), Mary Bruck Centre/KB House tbc, Wednesday, 03. October 2018

Mindfulness refers to ‘kind-awareness’. It is about living fully in the present moment. This means paying deliberate attention to what you are doing, as you do it, without judging or trying to change the experience. Mindfulness and compassion increase moment-to-moment awareness so that we can notice and change ingrained automatic reactions. This enables the individual to respond creatively to stress and difficulty with more choice.
This Mindfulness and Compassion training offers an excellent foundation for understanding and practicing mindfulness and kindness meditation both in a direct practical way and also within a group setting. It can offer an insight for many in cultivating a different kind of relationship with oneself and others and enhance your experience of living and being compassionately in the world.
Who is the Course for?
Please note that this training is offered to all the students from The University of Edinburgh. Please bring your Student ID Cards on week one.
Led byDr. Avinash Bansode (Honorary Mindfulness Chaplain) and Rev Ali Newell (Associate Chaplain).
Dates and Time: 10:30am – 12.30pm (2hrs),
Each Wednesday starting 26th September 2018 and ending on 14th November 2018,
Session I: 3rd October
Session II: 10th October
Session III: 17th October.
Session IV: 24th October
Session V: 31st October
Session VI: 7th November
Session VII: 14th November
Session VIII: 21st November
All Day Session: As part of the course there will be a full away day at the start and end of the course.  The date, times and location for the day session will be provided in week one.
Venue: Mary Bruck Centre/KB House, King's Buildings

Donation cost: £20 (total) for 8 weeks (included Course Manuals, Meditations Links for Home Practice and All Day Retreat). The standard costs for the training are £250, however, this course is hugely subsidised by the University of Edinburgh to benefit students.
This Mindfulness and Compassion Course helps you to systematically develop the skill of being present with your experience. The eight-week course aims to assist you in dealing with what can be stressful for you and helps you to take better care of yourself and get the most out of your life. The majority of people completing this programme report lasting physical and emotional/psychological benefits including:

An increased ability to relax;
Greater energy and enthusiasm for life;
Heightened self-confidence;
An increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term busy-ness and stressful situations;
Balance and resilience in life and work situations.

Students will be supported throughout the course to incorporate a mindful and compassionate attitude into their daily life. The calming and focusing qualities of mindfulness help reduce stress and enable us to become more patient and present in the learning environment and with the students and staff with whom we work. Calm stability can positively affect cognitive functions like attention and memory and lead eventually toward greater understanding and wisdom.
Mindfulness and self-compassion can also assist with academic work e.g. the need to plan, set goals and priorities, and move back and forth between tasks. Mindful Compassion for others enriches and enhances relationships. It also helps us address issues of pain and suffering in our families, communities, and world without becoming overwhelmed.
Privacy Note: Please note that all data and information that you share with the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, researchers and facilitators will be kept private and confidential. To apply for this course please complete the application form through Eventbrite. The information you provide will be used by the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy to select participants, administer and facilitate the course. If you apply for the course you will also be invited to take part in a research project evaluating the impact of the mindfulness courses. This will be conducted by Dr. Amanda Martindale and her research team at the Moray House School of Education. The email address you provide on your application form on Eventbrite (preferably your University student email address) will be passed on to the research team so that they can invite you to take part in the research. Unsuccessful candidates will be invited to join the control group. All participation in the research is entirely voluntary and full details will be provided in the invitation email. No other information from your application will be passed on to the research team.

Wednesday, 03. October 2018, Mary Bruck Centre/KB House tbc, 8 Week Mindfulness and Compassion Training for Edinburgh University Students (UG/PG)

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