The IMP course brought real clarity into my thinking. It’s given me a sort of humorous
courage to tackle life and admit to myself my feelings, successes and failings.
I feel much freer. The course has been so helpful to me I highly recommend it...
The work in pairs/triads was very powerful!!!
I have noticed for the first time that being with people, even stranger, is better than being by myself. It is a huge shift after a lifetime of avoiding others and stating a preference for being on my own. Perhaps the biggest benefit is giving me some concrete tools, which have been practiced in the class, that I have control over – I don’t have to passively seek acceptance from the other person, but instead can present myself, as I am...
I was particularly aware of my distress, but this course enlarged my ’toolkit’ to deal, cope and live with this distress. Using or work alongside the IMP guidelines enabled me to structurally access ways to handle my and other person’s distress. For me it is a great starting point which makes me wanting to explore more...
Becoming aware of how I can actively shape the way I am interacting with people is quite powerful...
The practice helped me to get a certain understanding of how I am behaving, acting, listening. I am now more responding than just reacting on autopilot, which improves the quality of any relationship...
The guidelines are powerful as a standalone practice but make even more sense when practiced together; they are a real gift. The space, content and facilitator are very competent... I am very impressed with the way the course is designed and delivered...
The way others seemed to ’see’ me made me feel better about myself and I was moved and delighted to have permission to ’see’ them. I have been struck by how vulnerable people are (and how alive)...
Voices previous IMP Group participants
Susann Herrmann, Dipl. Psych. (MA)
Co-Founder of London Meditation
trained by Florence Meleo-Meyer & Phyllis Hicks
As we make our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Wherever you are is the entry point.
It is this long listening that gives rise to the sunlight of speech.
Clarity arises when the mind is energetic, mindful, calm, spacious (Pause – Relax – Open) and unattached (Trust Emergence).
The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind... (which) includes everything within itself.
It is always rich and sufficient within itself. You should not lose your self-sufficient state of mind. This does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a ready mind.
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?
There is a certain kind of peace that is not merely the absence of war. It is larger than that...
The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one.
Interpersonal Mindfulness Programme
IMP – Cultivating Presence in Relationship
The Interpersonal Mindfulness Programme (IMP) is the foundational meditative approach of our Coaching Programme and consists of eight weekly 2 1/2 hours evening sessions and a one-day retreat (on a weekend) between session four and five.
It is sourced from a collaboration between The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Metta Programs.
Our lives are webs of social relationships and communication.
In all relationships, we find joys and tensions, the wish that things be different, appreciation, longing and suffering.
Often, we function in our relational lives as if we are asleep; being pulled by likes and dislikes, assumptions and judgments.
Developing interpersonal mindfulness leads to being more fully present and caring with others and oneself.
What is Interpersonal Mindfulness (IM)?
IM is based on the interpersonal meditation practice of Insight Dialogue, developed by Dr. Gregory Kramer.
IM utilizes a distinct method of cultivating mindfulness, concentration, and insight.
This method is based on practicing the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue (pause, relax, open, trust emergence, listen deeply, and speak the truth) while contemplating with a partner or group essential truths of life.
The contemplation topics are universal and can be found in each person’s own experience.
This programme offers an opportunity to deepen meditation practice in the place we most often forget it: our social interactions.
- To deepen the practice of mindfulness meditation.
- To learn guidelines for increasing awareness in our interactions.
- To recognize habitual ways we react to stress and anxiety in relationship.
- To cultivate wholesome, and release unwholesome, mind states and actions.
- To learn ways of listening to oneself and others more deeply.
What to expect?
This programme re-establishes and builds on the skills and practices introduced in the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR).
Participants will cultivate the natural wisdom of awareness while listening and speaking. This dialogic meditation practice encourages deep work with interpersonal stress as we confront conditioned, limiting ways of thinking and speaking, pause in stillness, and bring compassion to ourselves and others.
The way the form is offered allows participants to have the direct experience of pausing out of habitual patterns of reactivity while face-to-face with another person.
Because the contemplations are carefully guided and timed, participants are able to observe the mental and emotional habits that are usually lost in the flow of stressful or even pleasant communications.
As practice deepens, calm concentration improves and insight and loving-kindness arise naturally.
Each class will include silent, dialogic and loving-kindness meditations, body awareness practice and group discussions.
The Interpersonal Mindfulness Programme is open to MBSR and MBCT graduates and individuals who have a meditation background.
Susann Herrmann, CPsychol./OccupPsychol. (MA) trained by
- Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, LMFT
Director of Oasis Institute
for Mindfulness-based Professional Education and Training,
Center for Mindfulness,
University of Massachusetts Medical School.
- Phyllis Hicks, D-Min, NCLPC
Senior Insight Dialogue Teacher Metta Programs
Susann has been meditating for more than 21 years and deepens her regular meditation practice each year by attending various retreats including attending Insight Dialogue Retreats with Dr. Gregory Kramer.
The Penthouse (Flat 8), 89 – 95 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7PP
(Street-map please see here).
Dates for spring group: 7x Sundays & 1x Monday
Mar 26, Apr 02, Apr 09, Apr 23, Apr 30, May 07, May 14, May 15 (Mon)
plus an ’all-day’ retreat Sat May 06 (2.00 - 9.00pm)
Time: Sun/Mon 6.30 - 9.00pm (please arrive between 6.15 - 6.30pm)
Cost: £ 350 including Home Practice Manual
If you have any questions please call 020 3137 1358 or send an email.