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If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Jean-Paul Sartre said: “Hell is other people!”

How often do we feel this during times of challenge, conflict and turmoil in our relationships – with partners, kids, family, friends and co-workers? What can mindfulness practice offer in terms of increasing awareness of unhelpful patterns in ourselves, and also in terms of finding skilful actions in our relating with others?

Mindfulness training increases our self-awareness, helping us make a distinction between our direct, "in the moment" experience and our judgments and interpretations of these emotional and bodily states. This clarity enables us to more easily break the cycles of automatic reactivity and undo the grip of negative stories and rigid beliefs about ourselves and others, based on past negative experiences. We have the potential to disengage from the inner critic and become more self-compassionate, and to see others with more curiosity and compassion too.  We get more comfortable with hearing and seeing with fresh ears and eyes.

Making changes in our relationships often involves being less defensive, more honest and assertive.  Mindfulness training can help us explore and practice these uncomfortable new behaviours with a little more grace and ease.  

Come and explore what an 8 week mindfulness training course can offer you.


We love giving discounts to Health Care card holders and others in genuine financial difficulty. To keep the books balanced, we appreciate you paying the full fee if you can afford it!


How can the MBSR course help me in my relationships?

Over the eight weeks in the MBSR course - through practice, experiential exercises, reflection, discussion, poetry, stories and theory, and sharing in the group - we will be:

  • Developing awareness and insights into our own style of relating
  • Developing healthy emotional regulation strategies
  • Using the body and mind as resources in moments of tension
  • Developing a greater understanding of the origin of one's own suffering in relationships
  • Exploring the kinds of meanings and thinking we bring to everyday exchanges that are perhaps not so helpful
  • Bringing mindfulness principles more consciously into your relationships 
  • Cultivating steady empathy, compassion and positive regard for ourselves and others, especially during difficult times


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Mondays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
The Buddhist Library
90 Church Street, Camperdown
Bondi Junction (Night)
Tuesdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Loft and Earth
70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Bondi Junction (Day)
Wednesday 10:00am - 12:30pm
Loft and Earth
70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Thursdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
139 Artarmon Rd, Artarmon
Northern Beaches
Mondays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club
Surfview Road, Mona Vale
Armadale (Day)
Tuesdays 10.00am - 12:30pm
Chi Flow Yoga  
Suite 3A 727 High St, Armadale
Moonee Ponds (Night)
Wednesdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Moonee Ponds Mind Body Health
23 Gladstone St, Moonee Ponds
Hawthorn (Night)
Thursday 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness
16 Trinity Place, East Melbourne

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