Find a Mindfulness Course Now…
What is mindfulness and what are the benefits?
Mindfulness is the art of being present. You learn to witness your thoughts, rather than being trapped by them, you learn to befriend and feel your emotions more.
Meditation is sitting still and undistracted, focusing on your breath or body sensations. This regulates your nervous system. Your breathing deepens, your heart rate slows and your blood pressure drops.
Mindfulness courses use a combination of mindfulness and meditation.
How does mindfulness work?
Mindfulness and meditation reinforce feelings of safety and OKness. We witness our thoughts rather than being imprisoned by them and we start to befriend ourselves and our full emotional life.
From a neuroscientific point of view, the “fight or flight” part of our bran (the amygdala) which causes over-thinking, panic, feelings of being our of control and so on, is less likely to be activated. If it is activated we have a greater capacity to recover quickly and and to self-regulate our nervous system.
By regularly practising mindfulness we find we have more tools and resources available to work with and lessen the negative impact of stressful challenges in our working, family, personal and everyday life.
Like any skill, the more we practice mindfulness and meditation, the better we get at it. Like learning to drive, over time, our ability to be mindfulness becomes almost automatic and feels very natural.
Our brain literally re-wires itself through a process called ‘neuroplasticity’ and we find we experience greater degrees of relaxed self-awareness, calmness and an ability to navigate life challenges where we still feel centered, grounded and empowered.
What are the benefits of mindfulness and meditation?
✅ Reduced stress, anxiety and worry
Mindfulness has been shown to assist in reducing stress and anxiety over time, with regular practice.
✅ Better sleep
Many people find that they sleep better when formally practising mindfulness meditation. Their body and mind relax making it easier to fall asleep.
✅ Greater self-acceptance and self-love
A core component of mindfulness is learning to love, forgive and accept those parts of ourselves we find unlovable, unforgiveable and unacceptable.
✅ Healthier relationships through reduced reactivity
With mindfulness we find we are not just more accepting of ourselves, we are more accepting of others. We find we can listen more effectively and be more patient. This means we are less likely to react to situations that trigger us, fostering improved and healthier relationships.
✅ Greater feelings of joy and freedom
When we feel safe and our nervous system is regulated with mindfulness meditation, we naturally feel spacious, open and connected. This in tern leads to greater feelings of joy and freedom.
✅ Increased self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Mindfulness means we become more aware of psychological habits and patterns we have that may do harm to ourselves or other people. As we become more aware of these and also the damage they do, we naturally start to let go of them, just as we naturally remove our hand from a hot stove when it is causing us pain.
What the experts say…
“ The research tells us that practising mindfulness does have some benefits for mental health wellbeing and for managing depression and anxiety.” — Dr Grant Blashki GP – Beyond Blue Australia
“Multiple scientific studies have demonstrated effects of mindfulness on wellbeing, as well as effects of mindfulness on brain function and brain structure. The neuroscience community accepts these facts. There is no debate surrounding the potential for mindfulness to deliver positive benefits for individuals and organisations.” – Dr. Bechara Saab, PhD Neuroscientist, Mobio CEO
“Mindfulness is a proven technique to support your mental health and wellbeing. Research has found that mindfulness can help you feel calmer, bring clarity and enhance your creativity and awareness.” – beyondblue.com.au
“Mindfulness has been shown to benefit our brains to such an extent that we can feel calmer, more aware, have an increased ability to focus and concentrate, remember things better and feel happier.” — NZ Mental Health Foundation Press Release July 2012
How do you learn mindfulness and meditation?
There are plenty of books and free Youtube videos about mindfulness and meditation and how to learn it. We believe the best way to learn mindfulness and meditation is in a real life, live class with an experienced teacher. The reasons for this are:
✅ Learning requires inspiration and support. By being in a class with fellow learners you get supported by their presence and inspired by their and your own experience.
✅ Make sure you learn right. Although mindfulness and meditation are simple, there are still right and wrong ways of doing it. If you learn the wrong way, you won’t get the benefits. By learning in a group environment with an experienced teacher you can be sure you will learn the right way to practice mindfulness and meditation.
✅ Personalised instruction. By being in a live class with an experienced teacher you have the chance to ask them anything you like so that you receive instruction and guidance specifically related to your own situation and practice.
Learn Mindfulness and Meditation With Mindfulness Works.
Australia’s number one in-person mindfulness and meditation course.
✅ Full length 4 week course
In-person and local or Zoom based options, 4 x one hour classes.
✅ Practical and non-religious course
No religion. No dogma. No funny positions.
✅ Designed for absolute beginners
Feel safe knowing you are with other people learning from scratch
✅ Exclusive 46-page guidebook
Includes weekly assignments, in-depth articles and a reading list
Includes FREE 4 week subscription to CALM premium app
Course includes a free 4 week subscription to the full version of CALM. Calm is the #1 sleep app on the planet.
Get benefit or get your money back
Attend all 4 sessions of the Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation course and if you don’t receive any benefit or feel you have not got value we will refund you in full. You even still get to keep the course guidebook.
Find and book mindfulness and meditation courses
Feedback from course participants
“Using mindfulness to help me better manage unrelenting anxiety, obsessive worrying & sadness. I have found that using the apps is helpful when having a stressful day, & I intend to keep practicing daily. Thank you.” — Cecily Wilson
“Mindfulness is now my go-to tool when I’m overwhelmed or need to re focus.” — Biljana Rufati
“Huge reduction in anxiety, calmness of mind and body and empowerment over my symptoms.” — Jo Kirwan
“Am so glad I did the course and would recommend it to everyone. ” — Rosie Smith
“Thank goodness I came across Mindfulness Works. I have learnt so much in a year and have the happiest, authentic and content that I have ever been. By learning acceptance without judgement has been an eye opener for me.” — Rebecca Young
“Since doing this course, I have been sleeping much better, I feel much more in control of my emotions, I have enjoyed ‘noticing’ my own state, but also it has transferred to everything around. This means I am re-enjoying many things that I had been taking for granted.” — Sandy Good
“The course was very relaxed and friendly, and full of useful practical advice that recognised the limits to time that everyone faces. Also I liked the mix of people attending, with a range of different reasons for being there.” — Rosie Cree
Mindfulness Works is the largest mindfulness training organisation in Australia. Over 15,000 people have completed the Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 4-week course.
Mindfulness Works is committed to:
- Providing accessible and affordable mindfulness courses.
- Offering a diverse range of experienced and skilled mindfulness trainers.
- Providing courses in a practical format with exceptional supporting resources.
- Improving the mental health of all of us and fostering self-love in all.
- Supporting our facilitators with options for further professional development.