5 Circles Mindfulness
Gaining Mindfulness: the 5 Circles
Gaining Mindfulness: the 5 CirclesGaining Mindfulness: the 5 Circles
5 Circles Mindfulness
You don't have to dread it. You don't have to avoid it.
When we’re afraid, something happens. In this course, you learn what it is, how to stop it, and how to prevent it from starting.
To overcome fear, learn how to prevent panic. Then become certain you won’t panic. Certainty is confidence.
Have you heard enough science and flight statistics to make you grumble? We will never say, "Don't panic," or those other things nice people say to try to help you. "Convincing you" is not part of this process.
You just need to know the steps. One of them is feeling safe. Another is asking all your questions. Another is satisfying answers. Another is being in control. We get to the meat: healing fear. This course is under development. Each person must go at his/her own pace. Eight sessions may be adequate for some and not others, or not any. If you are finished after 8 sessions, you can join the others who need a few more sessions when the whole class is ready to fly. Our optional finale—or for some, another stepping stone—is to fly together on a commercial flight from Tampa to Fort Lauderdale and return. Class members pay their way and share the cost of the instructors' expenses. Our first class flew after 8 sessions. Our two students are triumphant.
"It felt so surreal to me that I was able to get on the airplane and not feel nauseous, have my stomach hurt and be shaking inside. I was calm and excited for my adventure! The accomplishment I felt after the flight was such an unbelievably uplifting feeling. Now I have plans to fly to places I have always wanted to go!" -T.L., RN at SMH, Sarasota
The next course will be held online by live videoconference, April 2-May 21, 2020, Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. May 7's meeting will be 9-11 a.m.
Overcome fear by understanding the actual problem: loss of presence of mind. Learn to be yourself when you fly by gaining confidence that it’s safe to “stay here.”
The next group meeting course will be announced after the virus situation is over. It is taught at Dolphin Aviation, 8191 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. All our courses feature full use of the 5 Circles Paradigm.
We will also teach again through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Ringling College: Goodbye, Fear of Flying in Fall, 2020.
All other Fear of Flying courses are at the Registration button:
"Panic is what struck when I was sitting in the last row, corner window seat of a small plane and there came an announcement that there would be a 40 minute delay in taking off because the co-pilot was still enroute in another plane. I recall a feeling of energy starting from my toes rushing up my legs, I remember telling the very large man next to me that I needed to get off the plane.
I do NOT remember.... crawling and stepping over the man next to me and his sick wife, I do NOT remember running toward the front of the plane. I do NOT remember being stopped midway by a flight attendant who sternly told me to walk to the back of the plane. I do NOT recall the flight attendant’s instructions to bend over and lower my head. I do remember she rubbed my back as she called ahead to say a passenger would be WALKING off the plane to wait for the co-pilot arrival. I was instructed to hold her hands which she put behind her back and we slowly walked off the plane.
The flight staff including the pilot talked with me and told me what had occurred. I was given a couple of drinks with alcohol.
Kindly the staff changed my seat to an aisle seat with lots of leg room. I cried from embarrassment and exhaustion most of the way to Arizona staying put in my seat. From that experience on I flew with the help of a little blue pill which calmed my anxiety.
As a swim instructor of 15 years, occasionally I would teach adults who wanted to learn to swim but were afraid. Traditional Red Cross swim lessons did not address their needs and I really didn't know what their needs were. I took to the internet and came across your website (teaching afraid adults to swim). The website addressed their concerns. I purchased your book and dvd.
In order to teach the system, not only did I need to fulfill requirements of online training I needed to fly to Palm Springs for instructor training. Big concern: fly to California. How could I teach a system of conquering fear of water when I had fear of flying.
I decided to apply the 5 Circle teachings to my fear. Step by Step I learned to stay in my 1st Circle. I wrote a long emotional letter to the plane and the plane wrote a practical reassuring letter back to me. I practiced comfort and control as I made my way to the airport. I practiced feeling, I felt the car seats, felt the air temperature, the weight of my carry-on bag on my shoulder. I calmly, slowly walked to the gate. While waiting for boarding, I felt my back touch the back of the chair. I walked on the plane without waiting to be the last person on the plane, I did not stop to talk to the pilot and ask for his flying credentials, I did not inform the flight attendant that I was afraid to fly (all the former rituals).
I sat down buckled up, remained home. Spirit and body intact. I cried tears of relief.
I arrived in Palm Springs never having left my 1st Circle. We arranged to meet at Palm Springs International Airport. You flew in from Florida. Having seen your photo on the back of your book, I knew what you looked like. I greeted you with a big hug which may have been over the top since you never met me. However, you had given me an immeasurable gift. I needed to express my gratitude. I am forever grateful for you and your wisdom. The 5 Circles freed me from my fear of flying and from so many strongholds that dominated my life." -Sharon, Chicago
CREDENTIALS OF INSTRUCTOR
Melon Dash has taught adults who are terrified in water to become confident and free in deep water for 37 years (1983). She is the author of Conquer Your Fear of Water, Conquer Your Fear of the Triathlon Swim, and The Spirtuality of Learning: 5 Circles for Teaching the Impossible (due September, 2020). The system has never once failed. It is about learning, not swimming, and it can be applied to any fear. She has used it, herself. She now teaches fear of flying courses and will offer Goodbye, Claustrophobia through ACE in Sarasota, Summer, 2020.
Dash's work has been featured on CNN Headline News, TGI4, The Today Show, USA Today, NPR, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Athletic Business, Aquatics International, and numerous others.
We are accompanied by a retired Delta pilot who answers airplane and flight questions.
Course location: Sarasota, Florida
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