Mindfulness Vs Meditation
Mindfulness is about
- Being present in the moment and paying attention to our day to day experiences (rather than focusing on the past or the future).
- Observing our senses, thoughts and emotions without judgement (helps cultivate stillness, peace, acceptance, clarity and focus).
- Becoming more self-aware by noticing our internal thoughts, feelings, emotions and responses to them (enabling more thoughtful choices, decisions & actions).
- Was traditionally used to reach a state of higher consciousness with good health just being a side effect.
- Has become an effective technique in treating a wide range of physical, mental and emotional stressors.
- Has many methods, techniques and styles – some specific to a spiritual or cultural tradition, time period, text, teacher or individual philosophy.
- Is a mental discipline.
- Is just one way to practice mindfulness – you don’t have to meditate to be mindful, but you do need to be mindful to meditate.
What we do
Mindfulness & Meditation in the Workplace
My Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation workshops provide the basics of mindfulness meditation from the benefits and science behind it, how it works, posture, positioning, breathing techniques and body relaxation.
I can also run a 4, 6, or 8 week Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners Program for more indepth training on using mindfulness and meditation to reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm and increase clarity, focus and productivity.
These workshops and programs can be held in your workplace or a venue off site, as well as virtual options. They can be tailored to your industry and demographic.
Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners Program
Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners is a program for beginners or those wanting a more in depth guidance and knowledge of mindfulness meditation and support to establish a practice. Participants will experience a variety of techniques including breathing exercises, body relaxation, pain management, sensory awareness, managing thoughts and emotions and how to incorporate these practices into their daily lives to develop physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. This program is available in a variety of options:
- An Online Course you can do in as little as 31 days
- 4 week program I teach through Mindfulness Works
- Monthly Mindful Mondays classes at the Maroochy botanic gardens (part of the Sunshine Coast Council’s Healthy Sunshine Coast – Join the Movement Program)
- A tailored 6 or 8 week program that can be run at your workplace or for your group, face to face or online via a Live Weekly Webinar
- 1:1 Mindfulness Coaching – email Michelle
Mindfulness & Meditation for Kids & Teens
My Mindfulness and Meditation Workshops and Programs can be tailored for kids and teens from 11yo (e.g. grade 6) and upwards.
They can incorporate mindfulness, meditation and yoga techniques. These all assist with managing stress and emotions, promoting relaxation and restful sleep, as well as increase self esteem, focus and concentration.
- Sunshine Coast schools (e.g. as part of a My Journey or Health and Wellbeing subject)
- School camps such as Camp Alex (just request one of my mindfulness sessions on your camp program)
- 1:1 calm tools coaching
- Meditations for kids on my Teachable page (recommended for kids age 8-14)
- DIY Meditation for Kids Kit from the online shop
Walking the Labyrinth
The labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in many religious traditions in various forms around the world. They are a circuitous pathway with usually the same entrance and exit. Circles signify elements such as unity, harmony, symmetry, connection and wholeness. Labyrinths differ from a maze in that they have one way into the centre and one way out, with no tricks or traps, just twists and turns. Walking a labyrinth is about finding your way, whereas walking a maze is about losing your way. They can be used for various purposes such as:
- A mindfulness/meditation tool, e.g. walking meditation
- Seeking an answer to a question or solution to a problem
- Reciting a mantra or prayer
- Letting go of a negative emotion or practising forgiveness
Read my blog post on Labyrinths for more information on their history, uses and tips for using.
I am a trained and certified Veriditas labyrinth facilitator and you can experience walking a labyrinth in my Mindfulness for Calm, Clarity and Connection workshops. They also incorporate mindful breathing techniques for calm and finger labyrinths for single pointed focus and clarity. These workshops are offered once a month at the Maroochy Botanic Gardens or can be held at your workplace, school, etc. Check the Events section of my Facebook page for upcoming dates.
Mindfulness meditation is about being aware of the present moment. By focusing on the here and now, we are able to suspend our thoughts, feelings, experiences and judgement, to bring about a sense of peace, clarity and self-awareness.” (Michelle Eckles)
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