Weekly Update 19th November 2022
Welcome to this week’s update: a summary of everything we’ve shared on social media throughout the week.
DAILY SIT SCHEDULE
Week commencing 21st November
To register, click on the image. If you have already signed up to either the daily sit, the keynotes, or the social evening, there is no need to register again. Please just use the link given to you post-registration.
SHARING FROM THE OMF
With thanks to academics in the field, we are sharing research with the OMF community. You can read more from a 2022 paper -Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction vs Escitalopram for the Treatment of Adults With Anxiety Disorders by clicking on the image.
Our quote this week comes from Joseph Goldstein. Goldstein has been leading insight and loving kindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.
This week’s book reading is the poem Birdwings by Rumi. Very kindly read by our Assistant to the CEO, Ellie Dobson-Gomez. To listen to Ellie reading the poem, click on the image.
Here are the courses we highlighted this week. Click on the image for more information and to apply.
There are four more opportunities to start a Mindfulness for Life course in December. Mindfulness for Life (sometimes referred to as MBCT-L) is a course designed to cultivate mindful awareness of our body, emotions and mind so that we can live our lives with a greater sense of wellbeing, kindness and resilience. It is an evidence-based course, developed in the light of research at Oxford University and other leading research centres. It has two main intentions: to offer you some skills to meet life’s challenges and difficulties, both internal and external; as well as skills to develop more awareness and appreciation of the pleasant moments in life that we can often overlook. In other words, to respond more skilfully to all of life’s inevitable ups and downs. For more info and to apply, please click on the image.
Are you a MBSR teacher interested in training in Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L)? We have a teacher training start in January 2023. For more information and to apply, please click on the image.
We are also offering an opportunity for MBCT teachers to train to deliver the Mindfulness for Life curriculum. For more info and to apply, please click on the image.
Letting in the Light – this new one-day workshop aims to help mindfulness teachers develop their capacity to build positive emotion experience through up-regulation of the positive valence system using mindfulness techniques (both in group delivery formats and as one component of individual treatments).
New workshop: Mindfulness-informed Cancer Care. This experiential training is for those currently working with people with cancer, who have some experience / interest in mindfulness, and would like to explore what this might offer them and their work.
RETREATS & PRACTICE DAYS
We are running an online day of practice on Sunday 18th December 9:00 – 14:00 UK Time. This will offer an opportunity to deepen your mindfulness practice in a supportive online group setting. It is suitable for those with an existing mindfulness practice. It also forms part of what the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) outlines as continued professional development. For more info and to apply, please click on the image.
KEYNOTE & SOCIAL EVENING
We have great news to share regarding the November social evening and the last keynote of the year. We are delighted that Shannon Harvey, multi-award winning director, has agreed to give our December keynote. The title of Shannon’s talk is My Year of Living Mindfully (What Happened Next). In preparation for the keynote, November’s social evening will be a showing of Shannon’s film My Year of Living Mindfully. Please note the longer session time to give us chance to watch the whole film together as a community, hosted by Liz Lord. We hope you are as excited as we are. To register for the events (if you haven’t already), please sign up by clicking on the image.
We are excited to announce that OMF teacher and supervisor, Liz Lord, has represented us on BBC Radio. She spoke to BBC Radio 5 live about the OMF and its work, including how mindfulness can support us in today’s world. This was to celebrate the launch of our new daily lunchtime sit. Listen to Liz’s interview by clicking on the image.
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