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Online – Inquiry in MBCT
March 11, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
Inquiry skills are often perceived as the most difficult teaching skills to learn, yet periods of inquiry in MBCT sessions have great potential for enhancing participants’ learning. Inquiry is sometimes described as a crucible where participants’ learning history, current concerns, and experiences during mindfulness practices combine with the teacher’s embodiment of mindfulness, understanding of MBCT theory, and relational skills to enable learning that is potentially transformational. This foundational masterclass will demystify this process through a variety of teaching methods. Topics include: The purposes and intentions of inquiry How understanding conceptual underpinnings of MBCT facilitates skilful inquiry. These underpinnings include: The four elements of inner experience (thoughts, emotions, body sensations, and urges/ impulses) The vicious flower conceptualization of reactivity The sequence of the eight sessions and the implications of this sequence for how inquiry is managed throughout the course Layers of inquiry, including: Direct experience Reactions to or relationship with direct experience Learning points: Consideration of patterns – common to all or particular to the individual Invitations to notice, explore, experiment What and how of skilful inquiry Exploring what to say and how to say it The importance of the teacher’s embodiment of mindfulness, supported by ongoing practice, that facilitates bringing particular attitudes to the inquiry process: Genuine openness and curiosity about participants’ experiences Warmth, kindness, and compassion towards participants and themselves Willingness to trust the process and allow learning to emerge without striving or forcing Balancing this with clarity about the intentions of each session and each practice Teaching methods for this day will include presentation, discussion, viewing of video clips, practice of inquiry skills with peers, and contemplation and discussion of what has been learned.