Do you ever feel like you’re going through the motions? Like you’ve become a passenger in your own life, just going along for the ride? It’s hard to say when it happened, but somewhere along the line, when responsibilities started piling up, you stopped feeling like you were in charge. At first, it just felt like it was time to put others first and step up to the challenge, but deep down? There’s an unsettled feeling, a quiet resentment. You’re frustrated and often find yourself on edge with your loved ones. When you do manage to have some quality time with them, it doesn’t feel how you thought it would because you’re not really always there. I mean, you’re physically there, but your mind is all caught up in worry about all the other things you should be doing. Everyone has stress, and this is just the way it is, right? Everyone feels this way, and looks for relief through shopping, food, Facebook...you name it.
What if it didn’t have to be this way?
What if you could feel like you’re in control of your life again?
What if you could climb into the driver’s seat?
What if you could make more conscious decisions?
What if you could stop living on autopilot?
Imagine knowing that you have the skills to calm yourself after a stressful day.
Imagine feeling more well-rested and present.
Imagine actually being present with loved ones...and not taking your frustrations out on them.
Imagine having the ability to relieve stress with healthy habits that work.
Imagine feeling grounded and centred, even in the midst of a busy office, subway, street, or family function.
You’re invited to take control. Mindfulness for Busy People is an introductory course in Mindfulness and self-compassion that will give you the tools you need to come home to yourself. This 4-week program includes:
- online community to experience the journey together
- meditation library of varying lengths - 7, 15, 30 minutes (total of 12 meditations)
- weekly videos
- everyday mindfulness activities
- workbook for self-reflection
- live meditation calls - Monday evenings from 6-6:30pm EST (except Monday, May 22) and Thursdays from 12:15-12:45pm EST
- course runs from May 7 to June 3
- meditations are yours to keep
Every Sunday, you’ll receive a video lesson along with 3 recorded meditations. The video will teach you the fundamentals of mindfulness and support you as you embrace this new habit, and the recorded meditations are there to guide your practice. You’ll receive a 7-minute, 15-minute and 30-minute version of the week’s meditation so that you can choose the length of practice that fits your schedule. Throughout the week, you’ll receive a daily e-mail with educational tips as well as everyday mindfulness practices. This will help to keep your Mindfulness practice front of mind so you can stick with it. We’ll meet online twice a week for a live meditation practice, along with a chance to ask questions and share your experience. All live meetings will be recorded, so if you can’t make it, there’s no need to worry. You’ll still have access to the content. Our experience also includes an online forum, where you’ll be able to respond to thought-provoking questions and share the journey with the other women in the group.
This program is specifically designed for people who are busy. In as little as 7 minutes a day, you’ll begin to feel lighter, and more in control of your thoughts, emotions and decisions. You don’t need to participate perfectly - participants enjoy the benefits of the practice even when they’re not able to completely stick to their plan.
You deserve this. Lasting change happens from the inside out. When you meet yourself where you are, when you drop judgment and allow yourself to be just as you are, everything becomes more clear. You can drop the armour. You can take off the mask. You can soften towards yourself and recognize your very real experience. Because this is where our power lies - in the present moment. When we become more skilled at coming back to it, we effectively build a road back to our power.
Past participants share their experience:
"This was my most successful practice of getting to mindfulness. I found it very accessible, throughout the day. After taking the course, the state of mindfulness feels more accessible to me - it really does. I’m very grateful for that. The everyday mindfulness practices come back to me on a regular basis, and so I can inject mindfulness into my daily life more often, because it makes me feel good. The accessibility of that state is so valuable - I call on it more. When I’m super irritated on a phone call, or when I travel, I can call into mind that full body awareness and I key into relaxation more easily. I key into letting go of the stress and tension more easily. The thing that I love about Mindfulness is that you can do it anywhere. You can do it in your high heels or in your PJs. The breathing anchors you back into de-stress mode, and reminds you that you’re ok, and your shoulders fall and you relax. Showing people how accessible it is can be a real gift to those who are busy. My travel schedule interfered with my ability to participate fully, and it was still deeply helpful for me. I don’t feel like I gave it my all, but I still ended up with profound results. I would recommend this course to people who are stressed and not taking time for themselves. People who have been through a lot - things like parents dying and the challenges that come with kids growing up - would greatly benefit from this course. It’s perfect for women who have a lot of demands on their time who don’t necessarily practice a lot of good self-care." - Christine
"Before the course, I was dealing with stress at work and at home. With so much going on in a marriage with young kids, it’s difficult to stay open and grounded and not let everyone’s stuff become a battleground of misunderstanding. It can feel like you’re not able to connect anymore. This course showed me how meditation opens you up again, allows you to come back to yourself. I reconnected with gratitude and started focusing on the things that mattered most. Everything just clicked. I’ve meditated before, but the format of this program - the fact that you could choose the length of meditation you wanted to practice, as well as Brigid’s support through the discussion group - helped to keep me on pace, committed and motivated. I am now able to reset more quickly when things are feeling off. I have more of a voice. I’m able to speak my mind. This practice is so far-reaching. It has touched every area of my life. I would recommend this course to everybody! I honestly don’t know who wouldn’t benefit from this." - Nicky
"The benefits were nearly immediate. I am present more now than I’ve ever been; I attribute this in large part to the course providing the framework for the practice - the what, how, and why. I have been able to sense why and when a stress response if arising (not always but much more than before) rather than just getting swept up in it. When I’ve felt anxious, I’ve used it as an invitation to mindfulness meditation and in every instance it has quelled the anxiety and regulated my state of being to a more balanced state. It has muted the instances where I’ve been quick to judge myself, it’s no longer a default response. I am now able to disassociate from my thoughts in observation of them and explore them. Invariably I can do the same in my judgement of others. The course has shifted for me knowing something intellectually (e.g. benefits of mindfulness, of meditation of the role of the ego, etc) to knowing it and experiencing it as a spiritual practice; wholeheartedly. I feel more connected to myself than I have in years. And so I am more connected in all of my relationships as a result. I can now experience pain as a part of me rather than something that is ‘other’, an obstacle. It, like me, required compassion. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to feel more balanced in their own bodies and minds as well as in their relationships." - Josée
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Mindfulness Meditation Library (yours to keep) - 12 guided meditations (4x7 minutes, 4x15 minutes, 4x30 minutes)
- 4 Foundational Videos (yours to keep)
- Worksheets to help you deepen your insights each week
- 7 live 30-minute calls for meditation & discussion - Mondays (except Monday, May 22 - holiday in Canada) from 6-6:30pm EST and Thursdays from 12:15-12:45pm EST
- community connection & support through the course forum
- BONUS: Sign up by May 1 to receive a free, 30-minute integration call with Brigid
Are all the meditations different?
Each week covers a different theme. The 3 meditations for that week build on one another, so they’re essentially the same, but different lengths. The longer ones go deeper into the same theme.
What if I fall behind?
No worries, no judgment. There’s nothing to catch up on. There is no remedial meditation. Simply start afresh when you can. The materials are yours to keep, so you can implement them at any time.
How much time will this take every week?
There’s a lot of flexibility here. The videos are between 5 and 10 minutes each, and the meditations are 7, 15, and 30 minutes long. You can stick with the shortest option if that’s what works best for you, so if you really wanted to keep it low-commitment, you could spend less than 10 minutes a day on it. I do recommend meditating daily if you can, since the benefits are cumulative and you’ll likely experience better results. You might choose shorter ones during the week and longer ones on weekends. At the same time, past participants who missed a week or meditated 4 times a week still said it made a big difference in their lives. I encourage you to meet yourself where you are, and allow it to fit your lifestyle.
How does it work?
Every Sunday, you'll get access the the video and meditations for the week. I recommend watching the video right away, downloading the recordings, and downloading your worksheet for personal reflection. You'll own the recordings, so you can listen to them on any device. You'll receive daily e-mails with interesting facts about mindfulness and everyday mindfulness practices to help deepen the experience. Live meditations take place twice a week.
Can I keep the recordings of the meditations?
Yes! You’ll have a library of 12 meditations of various lengths to come back to and support your practice going forward.
How long is the course?
The course is 4 weeks, running from Sunday, May 7 to Saturday, June 3, 2017.
Is it hard?
Yes and no. This program is designed to be very doable, so in that respect, it’s easy. Meditation itself can be challenging, but you’ll find that the way I explain the concepts along with the tone of the meditations really supports you in the moments that feel challenging. At the same time, Mindfulness can bring our stuff to light. It helps us to be honest about where we are, and to see ourselves and our struggles clearly. That can be uncomfortable, and it requires some emotional labour. In week 3, we purposely meditate on discomfort, practicing being present with it. We build our self-compassion muscles so that we can be present with our lived reality. That does mean recognizing and sitting with whatever emotions come up, like sadness, anger, jealousy...you name it. Most people feel quite relaxed during the meditations, but the practice certainly does wake us up. It’s best to be aware of this as you embark on the program and practice self-care by only signing up if you feel that you are ready.
When are the live calls?
Live meditations will happen on Monday evenings from 6-6:30pm EST (except Monday, May 22) and on Thursday afternoons from 12:15-12:45pm EST. You can attend one or both according to your schedule.
What if I can’t make the live calls?
No problem. All live calls will be recorded and shared with the group the following day.
Can I get a refund?
Due to the digital nature of the products, there are no refunds for this program.
Who is this course best suited for?
This course is best suited for busy people who are new to meditation, or for those who would like some support to recommit to the practice.
Who shouldn’t take this course?
Those who have lots of experience with meditation might not get as much out of the experience. Any practice takes time to integrate. If you’re looking for a quick fix, or something you only need to do once, this is not for you. This practice invites you to deepen your relationship to yourself, so if you’re not ready for that, this course may not be the best fit for you right now.
Honour your wisdom, and follow the resonance.
Brigid Dineen is the Life Coach for Lasting Change. She believes that it's time to insist on our individual and collective well-being. Brigid helps busy people learn to say no without feeling guilty so they can reclaim their time, energy and peace of mind. Her own challenges with depression, anxiety and personal boundaries led her to dive deep into the study of mindfulness, yoga and personal development. She now shares these powerful tools with others so that they too can build a life that resonates.
Contact Brigid at email@example.com