Mindfulness for the New Year

Ask yourself these questions for 2017:

  • Do I want to cope more effectively with stressful situations?
  • Do I want to develop my awareness and concentration?
  • Do I want to develop a calm and peaceful mind?
  • Do I want to increase my ability to relax?
  • Do I want to develop greater energy and enthusiasm for life?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these, consider registering in the six-week Mindfulness for the New Year course offered by First Met on Tuesday evenings, beginning January 17, 2017, from 7-8:30 p.m. 

In this course, you will learn how to develop your awareness and concentration, your attentiveness, your ability to reduce anxiety and to cope with stressful situations and your ability to relax and develop self-compassion and compassion for others.

Event Dates:
  • Jan 17, 24 & 31
  • Feb 7, 21 & 28

Note: there is no session on Feb 14

This participatory and practical course includes:
  • Guided instruction in selected mindfulness practices such as mindful breathing, body scan, mindful sitting, mindful walking, mindful movements and befriending meditation
  • Group discussion aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Daily home assignments to bring mindfulness into everyday life

The course will be offered by Wally Lazaruk, PhD, an education consultant and Certified Professional Coach. Wally received professional training in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) developed at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He worked as an intern with the Center for Mindfulness, University of California, San Diego and received training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions and answers about mindfulness.

For more information and to register, please email Sharon at office@firstmetvictoria.com or phone 250-388-5188, extension 221. The deadline for registration is January 11, 2017.

The Mindfulness for the New Year course will be offered at a cost of $75.00. Fees will be used to fund Spiritual Care and Wellness initiatives at First Met.

Please send cheques, payable to First Metropolitan United Church, to 932 Balmoral Rd., Victoria, BC, V8T 1A8, Attention: Sharon.