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Whether you are feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or generally disconnected from life, Mindfulness could help to bring about a renewed sense of well-being and connection with yourself, others, and the world around you
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a moment by moment, conscious living experience. The ability to know where your attention is, and to consciously choose where you would like it to be. From this place of awareness, you can respond less reactively and more wisely, from your own deep innate sense of being.
Mindfulness is cultivated by the practice of meditation, in which we learn to pay attention in each moment with full intention and friendly interest.
Meditation is not about clearing the mind, but rather coming to see the mind’s patterns. Daily meditation practice allows us to see how certain patterns of mind lead to an escalation of emotions, despite our best efforts to control them. It also allows us to see more clearly what actions lead to what outcomes, and so allowing us to make wiser choices.
When people practice mindfulness for a length of time, they say they feel more aware, calmer, and are able to see their own emotional patterns and habits, without reacting to them. They feel freer to be more compassionate to themselves and to others.
Mindfulness is a life-long skill that anyone can learn, and that we can apply throughout our lives, whether at work, with family, friends, or loved ones. The practice of mindfulness only deepens over time and, as a result, the quality of our lives deepen too.
What is MBCT?
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is the most comprehensive, evidence-based, secular, mindfulness course available today.
It is being used within the NHS, and is proven to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.
A brief history of the course
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed in the 1990s by Mark William, John Teasdale, and Zindel Segal. It combines meditation with elements from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It has been proven to be effective in areas such as stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Mindfulness is also being applied to ever-increasing areas including parenting, schools, hospitals, prisons, governments, and companies.
Who the course is for
This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in improving their quality of life, by learning mindfulness in a structured way. No previous experience is necessary. Some people come to learn how to meditate. Others come to learn ways to manage their stress, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, overthinking, worrying, or exhaustion.
We meet as a group, 2 hours a week, over 9 weeks: An initial orientation session, followed by 8 course sessions, and one full day of practice on a weekend.
MBCT is a structured course that includes a number of themes, guided meditations, interactive exercises, with time for discussion about your experiences of practice, the obstacles that inevitably arise, and how to deal with them skilfully. It also includes a full day of practice, which is an opportunity to go deeper into the meditations.
The main learning takes place during home practice. Each week, we invite you to develop your own daily meditation practice of 30-40 minutes per day, using the guided meditation MP3s provided.. We also provide a coursebook that includes summaries of each session and home practice exercises.
Reduced levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Become more present and connected with your everyday life experience.
Develop skills of attention, awareness, and conscious choice.
Rediscover what's most important to you, your deeper values.
Develop greater self-compassion.
Learn to meditate.
Become familiar with how your mind works.
Relate more helpfully to difficult thoughts and feelings.
- Move from reacting to difficulties to responding more wisely
- Learn to accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself.
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If you work for a company, charity, university, academy, or other organisation and feel mindfulness may be of value to your team, group, or community, please take a look at our Organisations page, or get in touch to discuss further.
If you are an individual, please take a look at one of our upcoming courses, or get in touch to find out more. I am also available for one-to-one sessions online or in-person, personalised to your needs.