Live Online Mindfulness Course: Mindfulness for Modern Life

         

Four Week Course: Mindfulness for a Modern Life with Dan Peppiatt

21st November – 12th December 2023

Tuesdays – 7-8pm GMT


Modern life is exhausting – that’s for sure. Join Dan Peppiatt for this four week course to explore a variety of mindfulness tools that help us to live a more balanced and happy life.


Every day we are confronted with a million tiny experiences that as a human animal we aren’t really equipped to deal with. We slowly become overloaded, stressed and anxious about the environment we find ourselves in because there is so little that the thinking mind can find certainty in – and all animals crave certainty above all other things.

How might we deal with this situation? What practical tools might we employ to rebalance what seems to be a very unbalanced state of mind?

Dan Peppiatt has been exploring this for the past 30 years.  As a sufferer of long term anxiety and bouts of depression Dan is only too familiar with the feeling of being ill at ease with the world around him. However, through over half a lifetime of exploring meditation and mindfulness type practices he has found some simple and effective ways of shifting this perspective and stepping away from the obsessions with a problem solving mind that seems to be causing so many problems itself!

Dan has worked with every age and ‘walk of life’, from 5 year old kids, through to Forbes list personalities and Olympic athletes. From Dan’s experience he is certain that every single person shares exactly the same basic fears, worries and misunderstandings.

Throughout these four sessions, Dan will explore what these common misunderstanding and fears are and then explore a variety of tools that can be accessed to create a more balanced and contented life 🙂


What will you get out of this Mindfulness for Modern Life Course?

  • This Course will help you to learn more about your mind
  • You will learn practical mindfulness meditation tools and techniques
  • There is plenty of time for asking questions directly with Dan and the welcoming community.
  • You’ll learn tools for your toolbox to help you to deal with challenging situations and enjoy the present moment even more

Who is Mindfulness for Modern Life for?

  • This course is suitable for all everyone! No experience is necessary.
  • It is ideal for anyone who is curious about deepening their meditation practice
  • It is also perfect for those who have started the practice of mindfulness but come across hurdles and would appreciate the support of a community to reignite their practice.
  • It is supportive for people who suffer with any depression or anxiety
  • It is great for people with a curiosity to get to know themselves, their mind, and their reactions better

These one hour sessions will run every Tuesday at 7pm (GMT) for 4 weeks from 21st November 2023.


The Schedule

Week 1 – Tuesday 21st NovemberWhat is mind and what is the point of meditation and mindfulness?

In this first week we go straight to the heart of what this is all about. What is the mind? What is a thought and who is doing the thinking? If I really control my thoughts then surely I could just decide to think more positively, less anxiously, stressfully or simply block whatever type of thoughts I don’t enjoy?

We know that this is not the case though and this is where understanding is so important before we simply start to try out random meditation practices without any background to their purpose.

In this session we will introduce mindfulness and one of its more unusual practices which is mindfulness of thoughts and feelings. So much can be revealed via this tool and it can really open our eyes to what is going on in our lives and our heads!


Week 2 – Tuesday 28th NovemberThe Quiet Spaces in Between

So much of our lives are occupied with our thoughts, plans and worries. In fact because they always seem to be there we can mistake ourselves very easily to be out thoughts themselves. 

Yet behind this mental activity and between it there is an eternal stillness and peace that we can learn to touch at any moment.

In this session we explore:

  • Are my thoughts an endless chain or are they actually a continuous series of separate and discrete moments?
  • Practices to observe where thoughts appear from and where do they go afterwards?
  • What happens when I look at the stillness behind the thoughts? Can I learn to rest in those peaceful spaces?

Week 3 – Tuesday 5th December Take a breath and balance your nervous system

We take thousands of breaths each day and are barely aware of a single one – unless we are exercising, asthmatic or maybe feeling sort of breath due to anxiety, stress or panic.

Yet the breath is our gateway to balancing the nervous system, it is the single easiest way in which we can shift from a state of stress and alertness to relaxation and calm.

You don’t need to indulge in any over powerful, Wim Hof style forced breathing – just simple breath awareness and small shifts.

In this session we will explore some of my favourite tools to rebalance the nervous system quickly and efficiently as well as mindfulness of breathing.


Week 4 – Tuesday 12th DecemberYou Can’t Do Happy, You Can Only Be Happy

Everyone wants to be happy, I think you’d struggle to find someone that wants to be unhappy – even if their strategies for finding happiness might on the surface seem counterproductive, nobody does something if they dont get some degree of satisfaction from it.

Yet our efforts to unravel greater happiness seem most often to be around doing things to try and bring about that situation.

What if the happiness that we thought we kept touching was actually just a temporary relief from a more constant underlying unhappiness or unease? What if we are really yearning for a much deeper peace and contentment and that is why we never seem to find a happiness that sticks?

In this session we explore the ideas above and see if they relate to our own life as well as looking at some of the modern scientific research that confirms ways in which meditation literally rewire and reshape our brains.

Of course there will be plenty of time to try things out and ask questions too!



Dan believes that you can’t teach yoga or meditation; you can only facilitate other peoples’ journey to find a perfectly organic way of practicing for them, something that he calls ‘Yoga Like Water’. He is just as likely to be found experimenting with these concepts free-diving; surfing; on a slack-line or rock face as in yoga. You may wish to check out Dan’s Ten Day Breath Challenge here.


Can’t make it live?

The weekly recordings will be available for 14 days after each session, so you don’t have to miss out!


Cost

We know that some of you are facing some real cost-dilemmas and we know that sometimes our wellbeing practices are the first to suffer when life gets hard.

We want you to know that we are there for you.

Therefore, we offer our MFML workshops and courses on a ‘Pay As You Can’ basis.

There is a suggested price, which we ask you to pay, if you have the means. The suggested price is the ‘true cost’ of running this course, and this is £70.

If finances might get in the way of you joining, you can pay what you can afford, and therefore you are still able to join. This is based on the Buddhist system of Dana. Having said that, the minimum that we can accept is £30, because like you, we are also struggling and have costs to cover. 

Those of you do have the means, please do feel free to pay more than the suggested price. We want so much to continue to support you for years to come with online workshops and community gatherings. However, we can only do that if we continue to have your support through tougher times.

Please do get in touch if you have any queries whatsoever about the workshop, about payment, or any concerns at all. We really love to hear from you.


Questions?

If you have any questions about these sessions, drop us a message on support@movementformodernlife.com



Terms & Conditions

The live courses are for your education and your enjoyment only. You are participating in the live classes at your own risk. You are encouraged to to take breaks when needed and/or when in doubt, don’t do sequences that you are even a little concerned about. If you have any health condition, please seek medical advice before taking any form of exercise. If you have any concerns, please let us know before the class starts.

If you feel unwell in any way or if you experience any discomfort during class, please stop the class and consult your health practitioner immediately. Remember that yoga is mostly a journey off the mat and into life, and it is a journey about taking responsibility for our own actions and cultivating self-knowledge. Only choose exercises which will nurture and support you, and please take responsibility for yourself and your current abilities during your practice. Remember that each day is different, and even if yesterday you were able to perform a movement, that is no indicator that the same exercise is possible today. Please move within your comfortable limits and if you’re in any doubt whatsoever, please seek medical advice.

We are not medical practitioners and we do not seek to offer medical advice. Please consult your healthcare practitioner before starting any new exercise. This is particularly important if you have any limiting condition or are, pregnant, nursing, regularly taking medications, or have any existing medical conditions. We do not accept any liability whatsoever for any injury or damage, either during or after this event. Your participation in this event is entirely voluntary and at your own risk, and you agree to abide by the T&Cs of Movement for Modern Life.

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