Weekly programs

MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS MANAGEMENT (MBSM)

8-week course starting on Wednesday September 12, 2018 from 7:30 to 9 pm.

Explore Joseph Emet’s book on Stress Reduction and Mindfulness
with a Foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh (Penguin/Random House)

SOME OF THE TOPICS COVERED IN THIS COURSE:
Instructions for a 5-minute basic meditation practice:
There is much material about meditation in books and on the Internet. Much of it is not essential! This practice distils the necessary elements of meditation and presents them in a user-friendly way. Short meditation periods are a help for not getting caught up in the stresses of everyday life.

Understanding stress: Why it occurs and builds up during the day. What we can do to avoid this build-up.

Sleep issues: Joseph’s book on sleep (published by Penguin/Random House) has been translated into 11 languages and won the COVR award for the best self-help book of 2012. It has a foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh.

The art of being centred: The various sources of stress, such as workplace, relationships, family, and time related stress do not affect us as much if we do not take things personally.

Cultivating positivity:  Negative emotions are sources of stress, although we are not always aware of them. Exploring step-by-step processes for building a more positive mindset.

The difference between Insight and Mindfulness: Our insights guide our life. Mindfulness allows us to apply our insights and values to each moment of the day. Without mindfulness, they can remain ‘on the bookshelf.’

Mood regulation:  Mindfulness allows us to notice the first signs of stress. Without that awareness, we get more and more stressed without noticing it. This topic is fully discussed in Joseph’s latest book, Finding the Blue Sky (Penguin/Random house). FTBS has won the Nautilus award as one of the best self-help books of 2016.

Letting go: Practices for relinquishing our drive for control. This drive fuels stress. Respecting the limits of our control. The positive emotions of Confidence, Courage, and Hope allow us to feel comfortable in the areas that are beyond our control.
A new version of the Serenity prayer.

Journaling: This is a good way to avoid brooding and ruminating, for it helps us to move on. Journaling also fosters creativity.

Each session will include one or two practice periods, time for questions and sharing, and time for supplementary topics depending on the needs of the participants and the questions that come up.

Q/A: I will have to miss one session. Should I still take the course?

Not everyone manages to attend all 8 sessions! Illness, work and family obligations often get in the way. We deal with this by having a review of the last session at the beginning of each new session.

Is there still room in the course? Yes. When the course is full, it will be announced prominently on this page.

English or French? In the past some sessions have been in English, some in French, and there have also been many bilingual sessions where each person spoke in her language of choice, and the teaching was in both languages. It depends on who signs up. In the last session all participants were French speaking. If after the first session you find that it does not work for you because of language issues, your deposit is refunded.

Please do not wait until the last minute to sign up! It is not rare to get half a dozen requests during the last week.This makes things difficult, as space is limited. Please send a 100 dollar deposit before the last week to:

Joseph Emet
43 De Breslay ave.
Pointe-Claire, Qc. H9S 4M8
This is also the location of the course.
The total fee for the course is 200 dollars.
Inquire about discounts for second timers and full time students.

Deposit checks will be refunded until the last week befire the start of the course.