In a first step, people get to discover the existence of mindfulness and become curious, intrigued and hopeful about possibly having found a profound path to healing. They start to read, ask people about it, listen to podcasts and watch videos to familiarize themselves with what it might be all about. I call this the stage of being a ‘mindfulness newborn’.
In a second step, they want to pursue a first deeper immersion into the actual practice of it and decide to invest more energy and time into it by taking a beginner’s program such as for example our extended MBSR program or MBCT program. They have now become ‘mindfulness toddlers’.
Some decide to then take it a step further as they desire to go all the way and make mindfulness such a solid way of life that it becomes their unshakeable way of being. They embark on a deep journey of becoming ‘mindfulness teens’ and eventually ‘mindfulness adults’ of different degrees of expertise. The program we offer for this stage of mindfulness development is the Mindsight Intensive, which requires a substantial commitment of energy, time and money.
Through the Mindsight Intensive a community of dedicated mindfulness practitioners has grown, whose interest lies in fully exposing themselves to learning all about the complexity of reality, the brain and the mind. Paraphrasing the words of one of these students, “In the past I suggested you keep it simple. Having recently attended a talk on mindfulness, I suddenly discovered how woefully lacking in substance I found it, including the fact that I even knew parts of the brain the speaker did not identify. I now realize I wanted your course to be too simple. By defining the gold standard you spoiled me. I was wrong about dumbing it down and you were right about not to.”