Mindful Living with Natasha Rix – Mindfulness Course Night Four

groundedPre-Mindfulness 6 week Course in Tauranga
I have intended to participate in one of Natasha and Grant Rix’s introductory classes for the past 5 years (since we moved back home to Tauranga and I saw a flyer for their mindfulness courses at Playcentre). A generous handful of my closest local friends have completed the course and LOVED it. They’ve talked gently to me about how it’s positively influenced their lives.

Some say these courses on mindfulness with the Rix duo have saved their marriage. Some say it helps them be the calm, peaceful, loving person they want to be around their children. Others say Natasha (Mindful Living) provides a ‘How to’ to lead a happy life.

Stay tuned for a weekly update of my experience with Natasha and the mindfulness for well-being course (an introduction to meditation) in our bountiful Bay of Plenty.

Post Night 4

I’ve had to go back to my notes this week – has been a full one, and my brain hasn’t seemed to have retained all it often does.
I feel moved to tell you about The Venus Project (even though i haven’t looked far into it). I watched a London Real interview with Jacque Fresco. I blogged about it (go here if you wanna read it) yesterday too (a rare procrastination blog). Oh I just clicked on the site – its bi-line ‘Beyond Politics, Poverty and War.’

Anyhow, attempting to stay focused.
Husband says all good business stays focused.
His quote for the week:B7MepRuIQAEAZVp
My new mission is to collect anecdotal specimens of business/productive/creative women and men who started ‘business’ offering MANY things.
His point is a business will succeed if it’s focused and offers one clear ‘something’ (service, product…)
He believes once that business is established it can offer multitudes of ‘somethings’.
I operate the other way round.
wild & grace = blog = writing + photography + events = festivals, workshops, micro, macro etcetera.
Am i a product of my conditions?
Multi-tasking mother, creative (maternal & productive), desperately inspired, moved, motivated by…much.

Focus: Post Night 4
15 minutes before school & kindy pick-up and toddler wake-up.

Here are some tips that stuck (out) for me during Mindfulness Night 4:
* Focus on the breath in – to become more alert – during meditation if i feel myself feeling sleepy.
* Focus on the breath out – to become more settled – during meditation if i feel myself feeling agitated or restless.
* Become more mindful of what ‘is’ rather than ‘resisting’ it.
* When we ’tilt’ our CHIN UP it’s arguably impossible to ‘feel down’.
* When we ‘hang our head’ and ‘cast our eyes to the floor’ it’s arguably impossible to ‘feel uplifted’.
* Become specific and discerning of our experience. How do i feel right now? What emotion? Where do i feel this? Are we sure it’s that emotion – what’s beneath the first emotion? Where am i holding tension? Am i breathing?
* Am i grounded? What does the sensation of my feet on the ground feel like? Can i ‘anchor’ myself? Does this have an effect on how i feel?
* Can i be Curious, Open, Accepting, Loving towards myself, towards others, towards this experience, towards how i feel, towards this environment?

We were encouraged to check this out:

This week’s homework:
A catchy two sided table.
One page – Pleasant experiences record.
T’other – Unpleasant.
Squares to record time/place, situation, body sensations, narrative, emotional response.

Interesting to note the unpleasant experience was easier to remember and somehow i felt more motivated to write about it.

Time to wake toddler up.

If you’d like to check out Mindful Living and the courses they have on offer, click here for their facebook page.
Their website is: http://www.mindfulliving.co.nz/

Mindful Living is based in the Bay of Plenty and is a husband wife dynamic duo.
This is what their About Page says:

Our vision for Mindful Living is to provide individuals, workplaces and organisations with practical mindfulness skills and strategies for increased wellbeing in our daily lives.

We have been studying and practicing mindfulness and meditation since 1999. We have been teaching in Tauranga since 2008, giving classes that are relaxed and inclusive, encouraging enquiry and personal growth.

We are graduates of a unique three-year mindfulness teacher training study and meditation programme, run through the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre under the guidance of our principal teacher Tarchin Hearn (a master of mindfulness with over 40 years experience). During this period of intensive training we lived as part of a mindful community from 2005 to 2007 exploring mindfulness through Body, Speech and Mind.

In addition to completing numerous periods of intensive deep retreat work, we continue to study with experienced mindfulness teachers and attend practice retreats. We are committed to living and parenting mindfully, and helping others awaken to the fullness and richness of life unfolding now.

Grant is the Mindful Aotearoa Operations Manager for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and creator of the Pause, Breathe, Smilemindfulness in schools programme. Natasha is a Mindfulness Strategy Consultant to the MHF and trains and supports mindfulness facilitators to deliver Pause, Breathe, Smile.

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