The Loving Awareness Meditation Course

Hi, welcome to my podcast channels. I am Robert Mitchell. I teach meditation and mindfulness in London, England. I am the Founder of Bromley Mindfulness and the Author of The Meditation Course, an online course consisting of regular live streamed meditation classes.

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Episodes

2 days ago

In this episode (recorded at a guided meditation class on Sunday, 25 September, in The Meditation Course), I explain how to refocus your awareness away from a repetitive and unhelpful narrative.   The 15-minute talk explains One of my personal practices that I use to exit from unhelpful mind loops. Where thoughts actually originate. The origin of our inner narrative and how it has become unhelpful How the common fallacy that worry and stress are useful is not true. The meditation teaches How to use the Breath to intervene in the persistent, repetitive and unhelpful mind loops. To learn more practices like this, join us up to four times each week live for the same price as a weekly Starbucks latte. https://meditationcourse.live  

5 days ago

This is a recording of the second class I taught in September on imposter syndrome - September 22, 2022. Imposter Syndrome is not feeling good enough for something you are qualified for through experience or knowledge.Imposter syndrome is almost universal. In this class, I explain what Imposter Syndrome is, how it comes about, and I teach the practices we can use to neutralise it.

Tuesday Aug 23, 2022

"Acceptance is allowing yourself to feel however you feel in the present moment." - Eckhart Tolle. The neutral spot meditation is an ancient practice designed to help meditators to sit with uncomfortable emotions and, over time, become comfortable with them. As I explain in the podcast, you mustn't use this as a way of sitting with emotional overwhelm. If you're feeling overwhelmed, choose another time to practice this or try another practice. This practice isn't about "facing your fears" Tony Robbins style; it is best used when you have low-level background anxiety. I have had positive feedback on the practice from students with chronic pain. There are no guarantees, but the overall response is that it reduces the experience of the pain by about 2 out of 10. There is little doubt that meditation is a form of habituation for uncomfortable emotions, and this practice encapsulates that. (Habituation is getting used to something.) Essentially, we are becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable. All meditation practices that work with emotions must be treated with care. Your expectation should be that you feel better or more neutral at the end of the meditation than when you began. If you are getting no benefit, then don't do it. Check out the Four Rules of Meditation for guidance here: https://www.meditationcourse.live/the-four-rules-of-meditation-2/ If you find these podcasts useful and you would like to join us for up to four online in-person guided meditations each week, subscribe to The Meditation Course for the same price as a weekly Starbucks latte: https://www.meditationcourse.live/#/portal/signup  

Friday Aug 19, 2022

This is an introduction to Stress Management, Resilience and Mindfulness.I explain what Resilience and Stress are.I demonstrate Mindfulness experientially.I explain the strategy you can apply to use the skills I teach, and I guide some introductory practices in all three of these areas.   You can join our regular live Guided Meditation Classes (usually four classes each week) by subscribing to The Meditation Course here: https://meditationcourse.live  Or if you want to learn hire to build your Resilience and manage your stress Join my Stress Management And Resilience Training classes here: https://bromleymindfulness.org.uk/smart-day-workshops

Friday Aug 12, 2022

Connection has my meanings for meditators. there is connection to  to the Present Moment, the body, the Mind, thoughts, emotions, others and many different sorts of focus, awareness and an awareness of our location in space-time.  In this class we explore the fundamentals of connection with questions and practices designed to answer them  pleased  to be back on Spotify. I was dropped due to my fully formats not being what they wanted.  Many more classes to come for you guys!  If you’d like to listen in subscribe at https://meditationcourse.live  Froma Class taught in Bromley on Thursday 11 August, 2022.

Saturday Jul 09, 2022

No skill is of any value if you don't have the Presence of Mind to use it. Our minds, the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we are told Our modern minds are filled with an interplay of narratives. The inner narrative (the story of our lives) combines with the stories of others, the contrived theatre of the news cycle, and the melodramas of celebrities. To escape, we don't need another foreign holiday; we need to learn to train our minds. Our culture is in denial of the existence of the mind The idea of training the mind is taboo. When did your teachers speak to you about training your mind? It's not on the curriculum. The mind is only part of the cultural narrative as something that becomes broken and needs to be fixed by experts with drugs! Resilience is how we cope with adversity. At the heart of resilience is mental focus. If our attention is constantly drawn to a disempowering narrative, we lose hope and optimism, and we compromise our natural inbuilt inner strength. I teach practices that will help you let go of disempowering and unhelpful narratives and return to Presence. What is Presence? Presence (sometimes called mindful awareness) is a natural state of mind. It is driven out of our experience in the modern world. Presence is the legacy of our ancestors' connection to nature and each other. An invasive media cycle plants new wants and needs in our distracted minds through viral newsfeeds, advertising, PR, product placement and influencers. This cycle of "news, information, and entertainment" distracts us from the present moment with empty promises of security, pleasure, comfort and happiness. "Being associated with happiness helps build stronger emotional connections between consumers' memory structures and the brand," - Steve Hastings, a marketing expert on Marketing Week Feb 2014. This is how they manipulate our minds. It's wrong because happiness is how we experience, not what we experience. Happiness is experiences we need less of over time to feel good. Consumer Culture sells us experiences we need more of over time to feel good. https://www.meditationcourse.live/presence-mindfulness-and-resilience/

Saturday Jul 09, 2022

In this class, taught in person in Bromley on Tuesday, the 5th of July 2020, I explained how using the foundational meditation technique of focusing on the breath works to build our resilience. We then practice following the breath and we also do two noting practices that are essential mental training to build resilience. I explain how the Following The Breath practice works to calm the mind. Meditations: Following The Breath Noting Thoughts Noting The Quality Of Thought Learn more by joining our mindfulness and Resilience training here: https://www.meditationcourse.live/tag/unit-g5-resilience/

Saturday Jul 02, 2022

The class on Saturday morning of 2 July was on Mindfulness, Interoception and Resilience.Interoception is the sense of the internal state of the body.Interoception is the process that helps us recognise physical sensations and emotional feelings.To learn more, search for interoception on Wikipedia for a clear and well-researched article.Mindfulness meditation slowly introduces us to this interoceptive sense of the internal state of the body and over time, our interoception grows.There is plenty of evidence that interoception is associated with high resilience and better mental and physical health outcomes.This particular mechanism to resilience from mindfulness, therefore, becomes easy to identify. In this podcast, I explain this and I teach the two main interoceptive techniques, following the breath and a body scan.In the talk:- An explanation of interoception.- How interoception is a way to be aware of and interpret our emotions.- How our culture interferes with our awareness of our internal state.- How mindfulness meditation reconnects us to our internal state.- The benefits of connecting to our internal state. Meditations are:1. Mindfulness meditation increases interoception.2. Increased interoception builds our resilience.  

Saturday Jun 25, 2022

Another class from the #Resilience series taught in Saturdays 25 June 2022. Whatever we believe, humans are not designed to live in an ever-changing world.Great changes bring great adversity which then becomes a test of our resilience. Predicting that there will be change is much easier than predicting what those changes will be, and which effects they will have. Rather than trying to guess what to prepare for, now is an opportunity to build universal skills to help us to cope with whatever arises. For the meditations in this class we go on a journey of opening our awareness and noticing the flow of Time and life that is always with us and which we have learned to ignore.  

Tuesday Jun 21, 2022

Now is the time to learn resilience. "Don't wait until you are about to jump out of the plane to weave your parachute!" - Jon Kabat-Zinn.

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