Here are some commonly asked questions.
What is mindfulness? Is it religious? Is it meditation?
Mindfulness has nothing to do with religion. It provides science-based tools that are often used for clinical applications in medicine and healthcare.
Mindfulness trains our minds to pay attention to the present moment, without judging the experience. The formal mindfulness practices participants learn through our mindfulness courses include body-scan meditations and awareness of breathing meditations, while seated on a chair or cushion. However, there are also informal mindfulness practices, whereby participants learn how to bring attention and awareness to their day-to-day activities and interactions. The ultimate aim is to teach us to respond to our experiences in a beneficial way to enjoy a happier life
Will I be required to sit on the floor to meditate during your mindfulness course?
No. You will not be required to sit on the floor. Participants will be seated on a chair for the formal meditation practices. However, you may choose to sit on a cushion instead for the sitting mindfulness practices.
You may also use a yoga mat for the lying down yoga exercises and mindfulness practices. We provide all the equipment that you need and will work closely with you to help you adopt the position most suited for your practice.
I’m new to mindfulness. Should I attend the Mindfulness Foundation Course (MFC) or the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course?
The MFC is a 4-week course.
The MBSR is a more intensive 8-week course (including a 1-day retreat) and is highly participatory and structured.
You are welcome to attend either course as a beginner. Some participants have attended both courses at different times and have found them to be extremely helpful in achieving their goal of enjoying a happier life.
What is the difference between Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course?
MBCT is an adaptation of MBSR that uses the same basic format and structure. Both courses include 8 weekly classes (with 1 full-day retreat). The classes include psychoeducation, formal meditation and movement practices, teacher-led discussion and inquiry, and daily home practices and exercises.
In MBSR, participants learn to recognise habitual, unhelpful reactions to difficulties and learn instead to apply a curious, accepting and non-judgemental attitude to all experiences, including difficult sensations, emotions, thoughts and behaviour.
MBCT replaces some of the content of MBSR to focus on specific patterns of negative thinking that people with depression are vulnerable to, but which we all experience from time to time. It was developed to reduce future episodes of depression in people with a history of recurrent depression. The key difference in MBCT is an explicit focus on addressing low mood and negative thoughts early in the program so that participants gain experience and confidence in recognising these symptoms and responding skilfully.
I’ve already graduated from the MBSR course. Is there another course I could take to deepen and continue my mindfulness practice?
Yes. You could sign up for our Mindfulness Foundation Course which covers other areas of mindfulness practice and develops your knowledge on the cognitive science behind mindfulness.
You would also benefit greatly from signing up for a residential retreat. Brahm Centre offers 3-day and 5-day retreats. Participants have reported that our retreats have been transformative experiences for them as they experienced deep healing of both mind and body.
Mindfulness for youth and parents / guardians: Can my child (kid / teen) attend your mindfulness course alone?
If neither parent / guardian has completed Brahm Centre’s Mindfulness Foundation Course, at least 1 parent / guardian will need to sign up for it simultaneously (option available on the same registration form). This is important for the whole family to gain the maximum benefit from the mindfulness courses for kids and teens.
Mindfulness for youth and parents / guardians: My child has special needs. Can he / she attend your mindfulness course?
If your child has, or may have, an autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, behavioural issues etc., please write in to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a phone consultation for us to better assess the suitability of our mindfulness course for your child.