Quiet the self-help mind and start meditating
For whom is this course?
This course is suited for anyone who likes to build up a meditation routine. You don’t need to have any meditation experience.
- Language: English
- Price: 120-195 euro (you pay 195 euro. 75 euro you can earn back by meditating)
- Location: Granaatstraat 38, Amsterdam
- Number of sessions: 5
- Dates & times: session 1 (November 25, 19.00-21.30), session 2, 3, 4 (December 2, 9, 16, 19.00-20.00), session 5 (December 30th, 19.00-21.00)
- Group size: 6-8
What you will learn
At the end of this course:
- you will have built a steady meditation routine
What we will do
During the sessions
- new meditations
- reflection on the experiences
- opportunity to ask questions
Between the sessions
- home exercises which you do alone
- home exercises which you do with some other course participant
Structure of the course
– session 1 (duration 2 hours): getting to know each other + practising first set of meditations
– session 2, 3, 4 (duration 1 hour): sharing about the experiences + practising new sets of meditations
– session 5 (duration 2 hours): evaluating your progress + how to keep your routine after the course
Session 2, 3, 4 and 5 are optional. It’s no problem to miss one ore more of these sessions while continuing the program.
There are daily home exercises. You will need about 15 minutes for them every day.
Why this course
Three simple questions.
1.Is lowering your stress levels/boosting your energy a priority for you?
2.Do you believe that mindfulness meditation can help you with that?
3.How much time did you spend the last 4 weeks a) doing (mindfulness) meditations and how much time b) reading self-help books/watching youtube video’s/listening podcasts of for example Osho, Brene Brown, Katie Byron, Tim Ferris, Anthony Robbins, Deepak Chopra or Mooji or visiting the School of Life?
Read on if lowering your stress levels/boosting your energy is your priority. If mindfulness is your tool of choice (for now). And if you recognise that you spend quite some time reading/watching/listening to important life lessons, but somehow getting yourself to meditate seems to be the difficult part.
This program is designed solely with one purpose; offering the ideal circumstances to let you build a steady meditation routine.
How? Not by teaching you any (life) lesson. Osho, Brene Brown, Mooji and many others are in my opinion very wise persons with valuable lessons to teach. I love to listen to them myself. I wouldn’t question their wisdom.
Just if you want to lower your stress & boost your energy through mindfulness meditation, then you will get there through actually doing mindfulness meditation.
And that’s hard.
Our minds are incredibly creative in obstructing personal change. If you’ve ever tried to start meditating or keep a meditation routine, you will probably recognise one (or more) of these thoughts:
This is how minds work. And you’re not the only one. The simple act of doing nothing for x minutes every day is difficult for probably everyone (except for some enlightened guru’s). It’s hard for me (I’m a mindfulness trainer). I even heard an important authority within the mindfulness world share with me in a workshop a couple of weeks ago that even after teaching mindfulness for 25 years, she still finds it hard to stick to her routine.
This program is designed to deal with that it is difficult. And it’s designed to deal with the feelings of shame/guilt which often arise at times when we don’t get to meditate.
Meditation-wise there’s nothing new in this program. You will do the same kind of mindfulness meditations which you can find in mindfulness courses or in the headspace app. I also don’t have any important life lessons to share. What’s special about this program is that it is designed to offer the ideal circumstances to get you into your meditation routine.
I’ve composed a program based on (partially scientifically proven) motivational techniques and my experiences with teaching mindfulness courses. Another source of inspiration was my own habit of procrastinating.
In this program we will work with motivation, not with shame or guilt. Therefore an important ground rule is that there are no obligations in this program. And you don’t need to feel shame or guilt when it’s hard to find the motivation. That’s how minds work, and we will deal with that.