What is the course about?
This course is a practical introduction to the techniques of meditation using mindfulness and compassion and is derived from the Buddhist traditions. Practise this simple method of taking more control of your mind, to make it work for you rather than against you. Discover the mind's natural capacity to enjoy life more fully, by learning how to live more in the present.
What will we cover?
You will learn a variety of practises and principles of meditation including body awareness, mindfulness of breathing, cultivation of compassion and walking meditation. We also touch on mantra and formless meditation. You will learn how to work with difficulties in meditation and to cultivate the benefits of meditation. You will be expected to commit to practising between sessions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise the principles of meditation and mindfulness
- Apply mindfulness in daily life
- Practise meditation effectively and regularly
- Recognise a positive change in the way you experience everyday life.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners to meditation and those who want to renew or refresh their practise. You are required to read short sentences, follow verbal instructions and extract information from handouts.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Down-to-earth discussion and exercises
- Guided meditations
- Practical demonstrations with handouts
- Group discussions
- You will be expected to practise between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Choose other health related courses from our Health & Lifestyle programme.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details