We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.
– Brene Brown
This workshop offers an introduction to the experience and practice of mindfulness and self compassion. It’s a day out of your usual routine to come together with other members of the community to experience simple ways to relax, discover a sense of inner safety and learn how to work with your mind and nervous system to embody a greater sense of peace. It is specifically designed for residents of Mt Tomah, Bilpin and surrounds.
As a community we’ve all been impacted over the last couple of years by the fires, the pandemic and, indirectly, by the recent floods. Whether the impact for you has been direct or indirect, it can be easy to think you’re the only one experiencing unexpected effects and that you ‘should’ be coping differently. Things like a flat mood, a sense of going through the motions, experiencing anxiety or fear, feeling out of control and/or sleep disturbance are all natural responses to what we’ve been through. You are not alone.
A sense of connection to others in the community can be therapeutic in and of itself. Coming together to learn and experience simple and accessible supports that you can weave into your day anytime and anywhere, that are portable and free, is empowering. You will discover things that you can do for yourself, not as a replacement for professional support but to work alongside it if it is in place. Things that will help you release from stress in a healthy way.
Using these tools of deliberately intervening with the mind can, over time, develop a greater sense of self reliance, a return to joy and a greater sense of inner peace in addition to a greater recognition of our common humanity.