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Interpersonal Mindfulness Practice (IMP) Course-
Cultivating presence in relationships
With Catherine Sutton supported by Josephine Lynch
This course is for people that have already completed either a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course (MBCT) or a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR).
The course is created on a foundation of mindfulness that allows for a greater awareness of how we relate to others, communicate and interact.
Our lives are webs of social relationships and communication. In all relationships we find both joys and tensions. We often wish that things could be different, easier, more of this and less of that and all this brings stress, suffering and it effects how we interact.
Often we function in our relational lives on auto pilot, not really noticing how we are being pulled by likes and dislikes, assumptions, comparisons and judgements.
Developing interpersonal mindfulness skills leads to being more fully present and caring with others and oneself. The outcome of this is clearer communication and greater understanding of the effect of all our interactions – those that pull us into stress and those that give joy. In this programme you will be encouraged to find skilful ways to relate differently in the challenging relationships and to find ways to enhance those that give greater contentment.
The programme is based on the practice of Insight Dialogue which is the work of Gregory Kramer.
The objectives of the course are:
The course is very experiential and practical and is for 2.5 hours from 6.3o to 9.00 for 8 consecutive weeks. There is also a full day on the weekend at the end of the 4th week.
The 6 Interpersonal Mindfulness Practice guidelines will be explained and practiced week by week. In order to understand and experience these as useful supports there will be different contemplations each evening that will be explored with a partner in a meditative environment. With the support of the guidelines as you interact, you will begin to experience the value of bringing these into your relational life. There will be a mixture of teaching, interactive dialogue, silence, reflection and mindfulness practice each evening. There will be some exercises/ reflections to do between classes which will encourage you to embed the guidelines into your interpersonal interactions.
The Interpersonal Mindfulness Guidelines supporting this work are:
Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply, Speak the Truth.
Catherine has done many years of study and practice with Gregory Kramer (on whose work and study this course is based) since 2006 and has been given certification to facilitate this Interpersonal Mindfulness Programme. She has hosted Gregory to teach in Ireland in 2011 and 2012 and she has done many weeks/months of retreat with him over the last 12 years.