The Integrating Awareness Meditation (IAM) course is typically done in stages, so that you get to practise for a while and absorb what you have learned, before you go on to the next, deeper stage. This page holds information about the next scheduled 4-hour Traditional Mindfulness Meditation course (IAM – Stage 1).
A large research project at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, which analysed 47 randomized controlled trials with a total of more than 3,500 participants, found that practising mindfulness meditation for half an hour a day can improve depression with 10-20%, and anxiety with 5-10%. This is similar to what previous studies have found to be the effect of anti-depressant medications.
This is the Special Early Bird Offer: Attract Your Perfect Partner (full-day workshop); Life with a Purpose (full-day workshop) and Traditional Mindfulness Meditation (half-day course), all inclusive for $325, if you register for them as a “three events combination package”.
From a physics/mathematics perspective the present moment has no duration. But if this was also our experience, then we would not be able to experience time passing. The experienced, “psychological” present moment lasts on average 2-3 seconds. Nevertheless, people who practice mindfulness meditation have a strong capacity for stretching their present moments, and therefore perceive time to pass more slowly.
Newsletter issue, May 2013; The scientific community is increasingly becoming interested in the benefits from mindfulness meditation practice. Here are some some intriguing findings that may interest you.
Research has shown that “mind-wandering” decreases happiness, but also that the practice of meditation over time has the effect of reducing the mind’s wanderings, and furthermore that long-term meditators have more developed connections between brain regions involved in self-monitoring and cognitive control.
Scientific research has discovered that meditation has actual, measurable effects on the body that relate to both physiological and emotional-psychological healthy functioning. Such effects have been found not only on long-term meditators, but also on people who have done short meditation courses.
Breathing-mindfulness is the most fundamental of all mindfulness meditations. It can be practised at any time in any place – as long as you are still breathing. This article provides simple instructions for the practice.
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