The OMC is offering free daily online mindfulness sessions (Monday to Friday each week). The practice sessions are intended for anyone new to mindfulness and for those who would like to connect with others to maintain their practice.
In addition, on the first Wednesday of the month we host a guest speaker, a mindfulness teacher and / or researcher from around the world. The monthly guest talks are free to join, and are open to all those who feel they would benefit, meaning you do not need prior mindfulness experience or practice to take part.
The monthly guest talks will be available as a free podcast shortly after for anyone who missed the live session or wishes to practice again.
Mindfulness is full of confusing paradoxes despite the simplicity of practice instructions. Watch your breathing, discern if you are mind-wandering, but don’t judge yourself for doing so. Let the mind become quiet, like ripples fading to stillness on the surface of a pond, but accept that you may experience the opposite of relaxation and stillness. Become an expert in what is happening in your body in each moment, but don’t compare yourself to others – mastery is an illusion or trap. Is there a perspective that lends consistency and clarity to these seemingly contradictory instructions?
Drawing from emerging behavioural and neuroimaging research, this presentation will outline the difficulty of understanding what it means to bring acceptance to our most challenging moments, explore what aspects of breath awareness are actually important for wellbeing, and illustrate how the brain can become quiet without becoming disengaged- a more subtle quality of attention. It will be argued that these tensions in mindfulness instructions are actually essential for effective mindfulness training, and that scientific research can add another access point to understanding the challenging dynamics of mindfulness practice.