This course is run by renowned five-time author and international teacher Suryacitta Malcolm Smith. Suryacitta is known for his simplicity and clarity of teaching.
"Suryacitta, probably the best mindfulness teacher in the UK." Ed McBain
This is not just another mindfulness course. Its purpose is not just to tell you about mindfulness but to support and encourage the transformation of yourself, and thereby your relationships.
Mindfulness is often taught as a way to fix your life as though life were a problem and it can be fixed. The problem is not life but the fact that our minds are confused. Because of this basic confusion, we suffer in many ways. One way, for example, is that without fail, have a very fixed picture in our heads of how life should be. Not only that, we also have a picture of how we believe we should be and how other people should be. This is the problem. Life will never meet our picture of it for very long because life is unpredictable and uncertain and when it doesn’t meet our demands we get upset, angry, sad, frustrated and so on. We cling to our limited and fixed view of life and this is the problem.
On this course, Suryacitta will show you how you create and cling to your picture of life, and more importantly how through mindfulness you can begin to let go of this picture. Once you begin to see your picture as a simply a picture, you naturally relax, and are able to enjoy the richness of life and be at ease with the unpredictability of it.
During this course, Suryacitta takes profound truths of life and makes them accessible and easily understandable for all. The teachings are simple, direct and practical without jargon and unnecessary complexity.
On completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of completion from Mindfulness CIC Suryacitta's non-profit mindfulness company in the United Kingdom.
WHO THE COURSE IS FOR
The course is suitable for complete beginners who are interested in learning mindfulness from an experienced practitioner and teacher.
It is suitable for those with a practice who feel stuck and want to shift their practice to a deeper level.
It is suitable for anybody wanting to learn mindfulness then to move onto Suryacitta’s How to teach mindfulness with confidence and ease teaching training programme on Udemy.
The course is organised into eight teaching sessions with a guided meditation for each. The themes covered include:
The Jewel in the ice - we start the journey with a beautiful image, that of a jewel in a block of ice. The jewel representing your essential nature of ease and joy. And the ice representing your barriers to accessing this precious jewel of joy. Suryacitta shows how to melt the ice and gain access to your birthright of joy and ease.
Being at Home - Your body, this present moment is your true home, however, most of the time you are away from home living in your head. Suryacitta shows you how to live “at home” and to wake up to the life which you have here and now.
Living in the Present - Building on session two and including a number of tools and techniques for everyday life you will be shown what living in the present moment really is and how to do it.
Calming the Chattering mind - Your mind engages in meaningless chatter all day long often leaving you feeling anxious, edgy and exhausted. During this session you will find out why, but more importantly what you can do about it.
Dancing with Dragons - Here you will be shown how to ‘meet and greet’ your difficult emotions and how to soothe them with very simple techniques and kindness to yourself.
The ABC of Mindfulness - This is Suryacitta’s own favourite session and often leaves students speechless. During it, Suryacitta shows you the secret to a happy life and it's not what you think it is.
Compassion Meditation - During this session you will be introduced to what compassion really is. Compassion is not being overly nice and always agreeable. True compassion’s sole intention is to relieve the pain of ourself and others. Suryacitta will discuss compassion and introduce you to compassion meditation.
Maintaining Practice and what next - In this session Suryacitta will remind you of the key elements of the course and how to establish a regular practice. He will discuss any obstacles you may encounter on your journey. He will guide you towards overcoming these obstacles. He will also let you know what else is available such as his excellent mindfulness teacher training course on Udemy - How to Teach Mindfulness with Confidence and Ease should you wish to go on to teach mindfulness yourself.
THE COURSE IS FOR YOU IF:
You want to learn mindfulness from a teacher with over 30 years of experience
You want to know how to apply mindfulness in every area of your life
You want to bring about change in your close relationships
You want to know why you have a busy, chattering mind and how to calm it
You want to know how to work with difficult feelings and emotions
You want to know what it really means to live in the present and how to do it
You want to learn mindfulness not just with concepts but via stories and metaphors
You want to be surprised by mindfulness and not bored by it