What is it?
The Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) is an 8 week experiential mind training course. During the course you’ll learn the skill of paying attention to what is happening, in the moment, as you begin to develop your own daily mindfulness practice.
The MBLC is taught with a compassionate attitude towards being with the mind. A way of kindly approaching and turning towards our experience. This present moment compassionate way of being is available at any moment, for anyone! Yet, it is not easy to remember, learn about, or practice, on our own.
The MBLC provides a foundational training that can help you to create more mind space and ease (mind-fullness) by exploring the following weekly themes:
Week 1: Start where we are
Week 2: The body as a place to stay present
Week 3: Introduction to mindfulness support
Week 4: Working with distraction
Week 5: Exploring the undercurrent
Week 6: Attitude
* Optional day retreat
Week 7: Self acceptance
Week 8: A mindfulness based life
Who is it for?
The MBLC is ideal for beginners, and also for people who have experience of mindfulness, particularly if your personal practice has lapsed or is difficult to maintain.
The MBLC is generally offered within a group environment, as it can be very helpful to feel the support of a group as we learn about the mind (common mind) and begin to learn more about our unique patterns of mind behaviour. There’s something comforting in knowing that we are not alone with mind challenges, and celebrating the journey as we turn more kindly towards the mind.
If being in a group brings discomfort, the MBLC can also be offered on a 1:1 basis.
Aims and benefits
The aims of the course are to help you to develop an in-depth experiential learning of mindfulness, and to build the foundations of a sustained personal mindfulness practice. A practice that you can apply in your daily life. A kinder way of being.
There are many potential benefits to this kinder way of being including: an increase in focus, brightness, clarity of purpose, playfulness, creativity and inner peace. A more balanced mood, improved sense of well-being, and a healthier mind.
For many people, the surprise is not only what is increased, but the behaviours of mind that are lessened. Less anxiety, reactivity, inner criticism, negative emotional states and self judgement.
Included in the course
- 8 week course – 2 hours per week
- Support between weekly course sessions if needed
- MBLC manual. Available digitally: print, or audio.
- Access to the Mindfulness Associations meditation app. You don’t need to wait for this. It’s free and available via the link above.
- Follow up session
Introduction session: This will give you a feel for what to expect from the weekly sessions that follow. It includes 2 mindfulness meditation practices, an outline of what mindfulness is and its benefits. There’s no obligation to continue onto the full course after the introduction.
8 week MBLC sessions: each week builds on the previous week as you are guided in exploring the weekly themes. This includes: mindfulness meditations, presentations and exploration, gentle enquiry of the experiential experience of ‘being’ instead of ‘doing’. The (guided and self) enquiry process can help us to better understand what is happening as part of the common mind experience, and our unique mind and behaviour patterns. Enquiry helps us to discover what mindfulness essentially is…
Noticing what is happening, as it’s happening, no matter what it is, with a kind and curious attitude.
Home practice: you will be encouraged and supported to practice the formal and informal mindfulness meditations shared during the course, in your daily life. The practice time builds gradually: beginning with 10-15 minutes practice each day and increasing the practice each week up to 30-45 each day by the end of the course.
Home practice is an essential part of the course. It supports the central aim of the MBLC: to develop your own personal daily mindfulness practice, so that it becomes easier to remember. A kinder way of being with your mind each day, and not something else to do!
Follow up session – typically 1 month after the course. This explores how your personal practice has been going, and offers supportive ways of re-connecting with your personal motivation for practicing.
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“I have just completed an 8 week Mindfulness Course led by Maria. I can honestly say that this has been a fascinating, inspiring and life changing experience.”Alison – MBLC participant
“I have already told so many friends and family about Maria and the Mindfulness Based Living course and could not recommend it more.”Blair – MBLC participant
“Our sessions were filled with laughter, joy, tears and love and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the group”Fiona – MBLC participant
“Although I had practised meditation for a number of years, I had lapsed and found it difficult to get back in to it. I did the MBLC with Maria 3 years ago and can’t explain what a difference it has made. Mindfulness is now part of my daily routine and I couldn’t manage without it.”Katie – MBLC participant