CAUTION: Although mindfulness meditation is beneficial for most people it is not a substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment. An intensive meditation retreat may not be suitable for persons with psychological or psychiatric disorders. If you are currently receiving treatment for any psychological or psychiatric disorder, or have a past history of mental health disorder, you should obtain professional advice prior to participating in the retreat.
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I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening
to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.
Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the
best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their
lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.
Ingrid (GP), 2018
Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.
Lee-Anne , 2018
It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds
on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening.
And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the
same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course
Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future.
I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life.
Roz , 2018
Practice as resting (in the flow of our inner life)
We work so hard at everything. And anything can become one more task to do – including our mindfulness practice.
I have been undertaking an experiment lately (as part of that broader experiment we are all involved in – otherwise known as life!) where I am trying to
find a wiser relationship with my to do list. This list can take many forms, usually along the lines of planning, organising, anticipating, speculating,
- that is it involves lots of thinking!
“I am shocked by the ignorance and wastefulness with which persons who should know better throw away the things they do not like. They throw away experiences, people, marriages, situations, all sorts of things because they do not like them. If you throw away a thing, it is gone. Where you had something you have nothing. Your hands are empty, they have nothing to work on.