Mindfulness

Mindful ME bases all of our workshops, experiences and sessions on a practice of mindful awareness. As leaders of teaching this approach to conscious living in the region, Mindful ME run not only multiple Mindfulness Practice workshops that introduce new practitioners, but also reinspire those who would like to delve deeper in our Mindfulness Maintenance and Continuity of Practice 4 week workshop as well as in our Mindful Living community workshops.

Our workshops are rooted in the practical experience and application of mindfulness and give participants the tools to cultivate the skills that reduce anxiety, stress, pressure and help us increase our ability to focus, manage life’s challenges and take pleasure in the joy of living.

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now, without wishing it were different.” – James Baraz

There is compelling and ever-growing evidence that shows the benefits of mindfulness on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Instead of feeling overwhelmed with the daily stress, panic, depression, pressure and anxiety that impacts many of our lives, make a choice of self-compassion and take time to enjoy one of our workshops.

How to Learn Mindfulness

We encourage our first time participants to join our month long Mindfulness Practice (part 1) workshops or our Workplace Mindfulness experiences or become part of a Mindful Living community that support each other in applying these learnings in practical ways in everyday life. We also run a 4 week Practicing Presence (part 2) course which serves well as a follow up to the first 4 weeks. For those interested in Mindfulness specifically from a parenting perspective we also offer two Mindfulness programmes, Mindfulness for Parents (part 1), and Parenting with Presence (part 2) alongside our age specific workshops. Keep reading below for more details.

Private sessions

You can learn more about mindfulness in one on one private sessions.  Each session is 75min long and will be tailored to your needs and questions. You can have as many sessions as you like although we recommend at least 4 sessions over the course of 4 weeks to get started. Private sessions are also a wonderful way of extending and deepening your mindfulness practice once you have completed our open workshops. A great benefit of doing the private sessions is that you will be able to book in at a time that works best for you!  Each individual session costs AED700 (AED2800 for 4 week programme). Contact us here to begin.

Mindfulness Practice (part 1)

Our open Mindfulness Practice Workshops are held on Monday nights from 7 – 9pm. During the COVID-19 lockdown we will be using Zoom to facilitate this workshop online.

The Mindfulness Practice course is designed as a personal journey of self-discovery and awareness as well as a practical learning of what mindfulness is and how to build a sustained personal practice.

Investment: AED1300 per person for the full 4 weeks (this includes unlimited refresher attendance. This means that you will always be able to be part of future sessions at no extra cost. If you attend the workshop online during the lockdown you will be able to attend in person once these resume)

Contact us here to sign up or ask any questions about this workshop.

Next workshop dates
  • June 2020
    • Tuesdays from 7pm – 9pm: 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th July

Practicing Presence (Part 2)

For those of you who have enjoyed the 4-week Mindfulness workshops, have committed to your practice and have asked for more, we are delighted to invite you to participate in the next steps- weeks 5, 6, 7, and 8.

This series of workshops is for those who have been practicing Mindfulness in their daily lives and are ready for a deeper understanding and commitment in their practice.

The workshops will focus on:

  • The questions, delights and difficulties that arise with mindful awareness
  • Sharing our insights and our tough times
  • The need for reflection, time and space,
  • Notions of judgment vs discernment,
  • Self-criticism and self-rejection, fear and anger,
  • Learning flexibility, stamina and curiosity,
  • New tools and shared learning to enhance and grow our daily practices through community.

We welcome you warmly and suggest you add these dates to your diary now to ensure your place as this workshop will fill quickly.  Sign up here.

Unfortunately due to the lockdown there are no upcoming sessions.

Mindfulness for Parents (part 1)

Many parents want to be more patient around their children but struggle in the moment to maintain this.  Whether it’s a toddler tantrum, stubborn child or difficult teenager, when we are faced with big feelings and challenging behaviour it can feel impossible to remain calm and role model the emotional management skills that we are so keen for our children to learn yet still struggle to practice ourselves.

The skills of mindfulness teach us how to notice our triggers, to be more aware of our own big feelings and then how to manage them so we don’t explode them onto our children or teens and are able to regulate our emotions so we can co-regulate with them.  ⁠

As parents we can all get stuck in repeating the patterns of our own childhood, unconsciously parenting in the same way or so desperately trying to avoid repeating existing patterns that we don’t even realise we are just creating new patterns that our children will themselves get stuck in.  The only way to avoid this is by being present in ourselves so we can be present in our parenting – conscious of our feelings, our thoughts and therefore able to choose our own, authentic behaviours.  Mindfulness teaches us the skills to be able to practise presence, to be more patient, aware of our feelings, non-judgemental and less attached to the type of parent we should be or what our child should achieve so that we can allow ourselves and them to be exactly what we are meant to.⁠ During this time of lockdown, many of us will be struggling with our own stress, anxiety and frustration, resorting to strategies such as avoidance, over-controlling, anger and focusing on the future in order to cope.  Our children and teens are currently observing all of us at close quarters, their own coping strategies are being learnt, developed and practised at the moment and these will be influenced most by the adults they are currently living with.  At times of stress, we often fall back into old patterns of behaviour, the ones we learnt as children from our own parents and as Eckhart Tolle tells us, “The deeper cause of family dysfunction is not the parents’ lack of knowledge or education but their lack of awareness.  Without a conscious parent, there can be no conscious parenting!….when there is no mindfulness you relate to your child….through the conditioning of your mind”.⁠Our greatest support during difficult times is our ability to be aware – of our feelings, our thoughts and our behaviour, to be aware of what is happening inside us rather than outside us and to know that whatever is happening in the world around us, if we are conscious we can still choose what we do and what we say.  Mindfulness provides us with the skills and practice to develop this consciousness as well as the tools we can use to bring this awareness into our daily lives and teach it to our children. This course is now being held online using Zoom it runs over 4 weeks for 2 hours per session and once you’ve attended you can come back anytime for free refresher, including in person workshops once these resume. You will learn the theory and practice of mindfulness- both informal and formal and how to incorporate it into your life and parenting.  It’s suitable for parents of children any age from pregnancy up to adulthood and a great way to learn and improve emotional regulation, compassion, listening etc.

Next workshop dates
  • July/August 2020
    • Saturdays from 2pm – 4pm: July 18th, 25th & August 1st & 8th

If you’d like to register please contact Jo on email at joanne.mindfulme.me or WhatsApp on +971509506526.

Parenting with Presence (part 2)

“When you parent with presence you can turn the way your children challenge you into a mirror that allows you to become aware of your own hitherto unconscious patterns.  And by becoming aware of them, you can begin to transcend them”.  Eckhart Tolle
 
This workshop follows on from Mindfulness Practice of Parents and will allow you to deepen awareness of your parenting journey and the teaching your children offer you.  We will continue to explore the practice of mindfulness, providing further teaching and opportunities for your meditation practice as well as strategies for responding in the moment to the triggers and challenges of parenting.  Here is your opportunity to learn from Jo’s experience of raising 3 children whilst practicing Mindful Parenting herself, as well as years of expertise gained from working with children, adolescents and parents for almost 20 years as a therapist.  This is your chance to explore the following questions for yourself:
 
  • How did I learn to parent myself and my children?
  • How can I become conscious of my parenting triggers?
  • What does it mean for me to be on this journey?
  • Will I ever stop parenting?
  • What do I still need to learn about myself as a parent?
  • Why does it feel so hard sometimes and what can I do?
  • Why it can sometimes feel lonely or scary to parent consciously
  • How can I teach my partner to parent with me?
 
To Participate in this workshop you will already have a Mindfulness practice as part of your life and have attended a mindfulness workshop either with us at Mindful ME or elsewhere.  If you haven’t attended a workshop with us before please contact Jo directly to discuss your practice and whether this workshop is the best way to support you on your current journey.  
Next workshop dates

July/August 2020

  • Saturdays from 2pm – 4pm: July 11th, 18th, 25th & August 1st

If you’d like to register please contact Jo on email at joanne.mindfulme.me or WhatsApp on +971509506526.

 

Here is what some of our community members say about their experience of the Mindfulness Practice:

” Attending Helen’s mindfulness workshops always helps me take my mindfulness practice to the next level” – Karim

“Mindfulness practice is to be the best version of myself – the true me, just by being me.” – Britta

“The workshops taught me to breath and to find space inside” – Darren

“This workshop has been an eye-opening experience. I loved every minute of it. The knowledge gained has made me tap into parts of me I never knew existed. Thank you!” – Yasmeen

” I feel I’m not getting irritated as easily as before “

” I’ve seen a huge improvement in my state of mind “

” Learning the techniques is amazing – very calming “

” A very inspiring and eye-opening experience “