Sunday 2 July: Tawa All Good Colourers, at the Community Centre 10-12.
Wednesday 2 August, learn to crochet at Tawa Community Adult Education
Monday 7 August: 8 week Rewire Your Brain for Happiness.
Tuesday 15 August: Creative Mindfulness.
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I had a fun week, teaching mindfulness at Tawa College to teenagers and at the community centre to a younger age group.
I explained to the teens about how thoughts, feelings and actions relate to each other in every day situations. When I asked them if that was already known information, I was so surprised that this basic understanding of our wellbeing, was missing!
So one more time:
Our daily life is a string of situations up on situations. In every situation there will be thoughts popping up in our minds, we feel things in our body, have emotions and we will do something. Or we will avoid doing something.
This determines whether we are on an upwards way, in our spiral of well-being, or on a downward way.
By becoming more mindful of ourselves, and how we react in daily situations, we will get more insight in why we feel the way we feel. And that gives us the opportunity to make changes to what we think, what we feel and what we do so we make sure we get on the way up in this spiral.
This week take some time, to have a good look at where you are on this spiral. At the bottom, half way up, or are you generally feeling all good, standing at the top of your spiral??
Can you think of changes you can make, to keep going upwards? Or to stop from going downwards?
Have a great week, remember to register for the 8 week mindfulness that starts next term, (the above is part of this course). This is a great course for teenagers too! And not just for women 🙂
💜Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
ps, quiet for the storm. Tawa College session about mindfulness last Monday.
16 May: Creative Mindfulness. Down to earth and friendly weekly classes to learn mindfulness and be creative. Crochet, zendoodle, colour, knitting, origami, no artistic talents needed! So you look after your wellbeing in a fun way and stress less!
28 May: All Good Colourers, a monthly koha meet up for adults to colour, doodle and chat.
7 August: 8 week Rewire Your Brain for Happiness, MBSR training. This succesful mindfulness training is for beginners and for those who have done a short training before. Integrate mindfulness into your daily life and get 10+ downloadable exercises to practice at home. Down to earth class.
It was mother’s day yesterday, and as every Sunday I Skype my mum. We talked about how we both often feel amazed by time. We’re both feeling at least 20 years younger than we are!! So the good thing is that we both feel young at heart 💖
It does make me think though, are we not accepting that we are aging? Are we avoiding, looking the other way? I like to think we are not!
We are just chosing to live in the present, not thinking to much about what is ahead of us, and taking in every day with joy, not counting the days.
Every now and than we look back in awe and maybe sadness, realising that so many years flew by, just like that! And that’s ok too, it’s ok to have all different feelings about that, however not lingering there too long maybe.
It’s by acknowledging and accepting that change, time passing, and growing older is part of life, and inevitable, that helps us to move on again.
So this week take a moment to reflect on your life, the years that have been and your plans for the future. How does it make you feel? Can you accept that change, time passing and growing older is part of life? Are there things you want to do, or that you are going to do differently in the future?
For the next school term I will give two new courses that I’m very excited about!
18 October, Tuesday evening starts the Mindfulness Crochet for Calmness course.
Crochet is a great activity that settles your mind and is relaxing too. Crochet and the repetitive movements help the brain make more serotonin, which helps to decrease feelings of depression.
We will learn how to crochet and how to practice mindfulness, we will work on making a crochet mandala.
This is a special project for me, as we will make the mandala that is designed by Dutch crocheter Marinke who passed away because of her depression. I made the mandala (in the profile picture) last year for a project in the USA to raise awareness for depression.
This is a 4 week course and I hope to repeat it every term to enable you to work on more crochet projects.
On Tuesday evening at the Tawa Community Centre, $95, starts 18 October and includes materials and take home crochethook.
And after that fun, relaxing and creative course I will run the Mindful Eating course!
Starting 15 November on the Tuesday evenings. Learn to change your relationship with food into a happy one!
Use Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MBEAT) to regain the joy in eating, while empowering yourself to eat more of the good, and less of the bad!
This is a 4 week course, $95, looking forward to see you here!
At last holidays! My kids have been ready for weeks for this 🙂
I’m running the holiday workshop Wednesday, ages 6+. We will be colouring/doodling/making quotes and making letters for the Love Letters project.
8-Week Rewire your Brain for Happiness, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, starts in two weeks!! Looking forward to it already! Thank you for telling everybody about it, I love my ambassadors ❤
➡️This week, the only thing I want you to do, is to ask yourself as you get ready for the day, “What is it, that I need today?” Being mindful of you, how you are doing, and what you need to be physically and mentally healthy is super important! And put this on your agenda for the day. This can be going for a little walk, meeting up with a friend for coffee, or some down time with netflix, anything that is good for you will do!
This week builds upon last week’s workout. If you’re not feeling the way you want to feel, first you can calm yourself down by focussing on your breathing.
The next step you can take, is to notice your thinking. Often what we feel, is caused by what we think. When you learn to be more mindful of your thoughts, you will discover the thoughts and regular patterns of thinking that cause unwanted emotions. For example thoughts that start with “I should” of “I should not” give you stress. Or you might have other unhelpful thoughts.
So this week, try to get some insight in your unhelpful thoughts and thought patterns.
It is important to realise that when things happen, emotions will happen too. It’s normal to feel upset when sad things happen! That’s when you need comforting.
Have a great week!
Like the picture? Lovely gift from a friend! Who are you going to spoil this week?
This week I confirmed the mindfulness for busy parents classes at the Petone Comunity House as well as the Mindful doodle & colouring workshop. Very excited about new locations and working together with the local community centres!
Next schoolterm the 8-week training has been confirmed to start at the Norhtland Memorial centre for a second time. Lower Hutt and Linden still have to be confirmed but I’m optimistic about sorting this out the coming week.
I had a day a the Tawa Community Market and had some interest in flyers for all my classes which is great too.
Working at the moment on Mindfulness for seniors and extending even more in the corporate market, building my Easy Now Empire as my children call it 🙂
In May there will be a morning and evening class starting in Tawa. It’s not too late to join!
In the training you will learn about living a mindful life, being in the here and now and not so much worrying about the past and the future. Being kinder to yourself and creating more joy in your daily life. And most of all, you will practice different kind of concentration practices. You can discover what works for you, when it works for you, and what doesn’t work for you, as you know yourself best!
To help you practice at home you will also get all the Easy Now Mindfulness meditations to put on your i-pod, phone or computer!