The Scientific Benefits of Contemplative Christian Practice
Walking away from self-criticism and judgement into the healing presence
Research over the past decade has convincingly demonstrated, that the potent yet gentle way of being, known as ‘mindfulness’ has a transformational effect on peoples’ lives.
Results from a recent study show that participants of an 8-week mindfulness course revealed structural brain changes including increased grey matter density in the hippocampus, known to be essential to learning and memory and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness training teaches us how to create mind-space, a perspective that allows us to see beyond the automated patterns of behaviour that are often driven by underlying negative core beliefs, perceptions and inherited epigenetics.
Mindfulness trains our mind to harness the brains natural capacity (neuroplasticity) for structural re-configuration.
Mindfulness fosters openness; space, heart and mind. Open space allows for insights to form on the edges of awareness that sow ‘seeds of doubt’ into the logic of the old system. Mindfulness readies our neurological soil for restructuring (Skeates, 2012). The dynamics of our brain can then go to work, re-arranging neurological clusters and old world representations, into new mental states.
Waking up from a life on auto-pilot, intentionally paying attention to the information around us; thoughts, emotions, body sensations, God”s presence, allows us to sculpt our lives into a flourishing state. Early Christian teachers taught their disciples to develop nepsis – a Greek word meaning to be wakeful, vigilant, mindful and attentive to what is inside and around; encountering God in many different ways.
We invite you to come and join us for a seminar during which, international teacher, Pauline Skeates, will explore mindfulness as it pertains to Christian faith practices. There will be opportunities during the workshop to put what you learn into practice and experience for yourself the many, well-researched benefits of mindfulness practice.
What a fantastic way to set yourself up for a great 2018!
This seminar will be an excellent opportunity to deepen your faith, to find gratitude, relief from distress and freedom from ego-driven activities. You will learn attitudes of love, respect and non-judgment.
Here is what awaits you at the seminar:
- Learn how to flourish and live a more abundant life
- Learn how to apply mindfulness principals that will help with your overall physical health and psychological well-being and gain insights on how to maintain a balanced, holistic lifestyle.
- Learn the neuroscience behind what makes mindfulness so useful.
- Reduce stress chemicals/ Activate success chemicals.
- Increase energy levels.
- De-activate the inner-critic and become a kind observer.
- Increase resilience.
- Strengthen relationships by learning the quality of presence in non-judgmental and accepting interactions with others.
Find inner-peace as you connect deeply with the healing presence of God.
The following are some of the researched outcomes of mindfulness:
- Body regulation.
- Attuned communication: 2 systems are allowed to become part of one resonating whole.
- Emotional balance: we have a subjective experience of the world described as meaning and richness. Too much becomes overwhelming. Too little leads to depression. Optimal flow/emotional balance.
- Fear extinction/fear modulation: modifying a learned fear reaction.
- Response flexibility: pausing before acting, putting a space between impulse and action.
- Insight: autonoetic consciousness or self-knowing awareness. How we explore our memory of the past, the present and anticipation of the future.
- Empathy: the capacity to put yourself in the mental perspective of another.
- Morality: the notion that we can imagine an action that is for social good.
- Intuition: this is the way non-verbal information processing of experiencing.
Note: Seven of the mindfulness factors are proven outcomes of secure attachment (Siegel, 2009).
With as little as 8 minutes of mindfulness per day, you can stress less, breathe freely, and re-wire your brain for successful, sustainable, healthy living.
Mindfulness: The Scientific Benefits of Contemplative Christian Practice
DATES/DURATION: 2-3 February
Freedom From the Shadows – Registration of Interest
Join to get monthly info, tips,
and life skills to help you not just survive, but THRIVE
BEFORE NOV 15th
price includes lunch
room & board excluded
AFTER NOV 15
FROM NOV 15th
price includes lunch
room & board excluded
Frequently asked questions
TERMS OF SERVICE
Event Cancellation Policy
- For cancellations made prior to 7 days from the event start date, the refund given is 90%.
- For cancellations made from 7 days prior to the event, the refunded amount is 50%.