8 Week Mindfulness Training 2.0 (Advanced)

8 Weekse Mindfulness Training voor Gevorderden in Den Haag, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Wassenaar, Laren, Den Dolder

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You made quite a lot of steps in recognizing, acknowledging, and accepting your thought patterns during the Mindfulness Training 1.0. You just don't know quite well how to let go or tranform those negative thought and behaviorial patterns. Nothing is oppressed but accepted first and only then transformation can happen.

Transformation = bending the negative thought and behavioral patterns into neutral or positive patterns. In order to transform it is necessary that you will first explore yourself sufficiently. This is a different form of meditation than the concentration meditations, such as the bodyscan.

The other meditation method is called: analytical meditation in order to gain insight (vipassana meditation). You will explore your own physical and emotional sensations and thought stream. It is necessary to first well develop your ability to concentrate and visualise in order to open your mind and explore further.

The next step after the 1.0 training, the mindfulness 2.0 training, is composed out of 50% selfexploration and 50% transformation techniques. The Buddha has refined these techniques in the 6th step to enlightenment. He works with the 4 transcendant virtues: equanimity, love, compassion and joy and with the 6 paramitas: ethical disciplines, generosity, patience, enthousiasti inzet, meditation and wisdom. By practising these positive virtues on yourself and others your negative thought and behavioral patterns will diminish and the positive virtues in yourself and others enlarged. Your sense of happiness will increase and your sense of suffering will further diminish in comparison to the first mindfulness training.

The last chapter of the workbook covers the third form of meditation: samadhi meditation. To stay in this non dual state you will first need to get rid of your negative thouht and behavioral patterns and your process of attracting and repelling. This chapter only is described to make you aware of the final goal, but is a training on its own.

The mindfulness workbook is written by Hans Kloosterman in 2014.

Methods: Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Chi Kong, concentration meditation on the breath, on an object outside of you and on an object placed in your mind ( guided meditations), analytical meditation and samadhi meditation

Why participate? 

Experience more calmth and peace 
Cooping better with stress 
Enhancing your concentration 
Enhancing your energy level 
Less worrying and over thinking 
Burn-out prevention
More aware of choosing during work or at home 
Sleeping better
More self exploration
Transformation of disrupting emotions such as fear, anger, inpatience, jealousy, etc.

You will learn to meditate on your own and gain techniques to take on an objective stance regarding thoughts, feelings, and physical experiences in order to gain insight in the cause and effect of your own behaviour and that of others. By practicing and developing and learning new techniques you will grow and will be able to coop better with difficult situations, problems, challenges from a relaxed position. You enlarge your awareness and through that your experience of time and happiness.

Meditation cushion, blankets and mats are present.

The group
Minimum of 8 participants, maximum number is 12.

Intake per participant
After signing up you will receive an intake form. Please fill this in and return it a couple of days before the training. This intake form consists of questions about learning goals, health, experience, etc. By using that info the training can be custom made to your needs. On request a telephone or personal interview can take place.

Silence & concentration
During the training you will speak to a minimum level until you are explicitly asked by the trainer. This is in order to create an environment in which the participant can concentrate on his or her personal experience. This approach is part of the training. (Mindfulness of ‘thoughts’, the intention of the questions mindfulness of 'speach'. ) Every participant can ask for a 15 minute one-on-one during the training in which questions can be asked.

Training & practice outside the training session
During the 8 weeks it is expected that you meditate every day and have the necessary means to do that such as a meditation cushion or bench for support. The largest part what will be learned takes place outside the sessions! It is recommenced to log your mental development by making a short note of your experience after every meditation. Each week there will be supporting excersizes. You will be busy with excersizes around 30 to 60 minutes each day.

Clothes during meditating
You are recommended to wear comfortable clothes that are not tight around the legs and bottom. Furthermore it is wise to wear enough clothes in layers. Some people get cold during meditation.

Themes during the training
Week 1 - What is mindfulness? What is meditation?
Week 2 - How to break your think and thought patterns?
Week 3 - The 5 poisons of the mind
Week 4 - Fear – How to transform your fears?
Week 5 - Anger – How to transform your anger?
Week 6 – Developing of the 4 transcendent virtues in your mind:: equanimity, love, compassion and virtue
Week 7 – Developing of the 6 qualities in your mind: ethic discipline, selflessness, patience, enthousiasm, meditation, wisdom!
Week 8 - Samadi meditation – developing of the non dual state in your mind!

In the end this should be the result



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