A MINDFULNESS COURSE
Since 2000, the number of scientific studies on mindfulness has increased significantly. As a result of these studies, valuable insights about both the effects of mindfulness and the underlying mechanisms have emerged. These studies have shown that the effects of mindfulness cannot be simply attributed to relaxation but involve complex processes like attention regulation, emotional coping, observation and time perspective.
This training was developed to systematically increase mindfulness not only through mindfulness practice but also by covering the underlying mechanisms of mindfulness. For instance, in addition to practicing meditation, this training also answers questions like: “What happens when I meditate?”, “Why does meditation help reduce the impact of negative thoughts?”, “Why should I become aware of judgments I make?”. Understanding the underlying mechanisms makes it easier to apply mindfulness in a wide range of contexts and counteracts the misconception that mindfulness is a trick or technique, rather than a way of being.
Mindfulness involves directing attention to the experience in the present moment and a non-judgmental awareness of that experience. Mindfulness is not about controlling thought which is impossible, it is about noticing what thoughts come up and returning back to the object of focus.
Research has consistently shown that mindfulness is an important predictor of well-being. Mindfulness has been associated with higher levels of life satisfaction, more positive affect, less negative affect, sense of autonomy and competence. Higher levels of mindfulness have also been found to be associated with various positive psychological outcomes, such as lower levels of neuroticism, depression, and anxiety as well as higher levels of self-esteem, vitality, and authenticity.
Mindfulness has 8 foundational pillars. IntentAct X teaches what they are and how to put them to practice.
- Attention and the Now
- Habit Loops
- The Ego