What is Mindfulness?
As Jon Kabat-Zinn puts it “Simply put, mindfulness is moment-by-moment awareness”. Mindfulness practice involves meditation techniques and deliberately bringing an awareness to the present moment, without judgement. Mindfulness is not a quick-fix solution, but by focusing on the present, we aren't ruminating on the past or fast-forwarding to and worrying about the future. We are instead practising being with whatever arises, moment by moment.
"8 week" mindfulness and stress reduction course
The 8-week course that I teach is based on the gold-standard 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, but incorporates some elements of the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course which was developed later in the UK. Both of these courses are research and evidence-based. Studies of people who have undertaken the MBSR course have shown that regular mindfulness practice can, amongst other things improve:
- stress levels
- energy and concentration
- emotional resilience and coping mechanisms
The course takes place every week over an 8 week period and each session lasts for 2 hours (4 hours where the course is run on alternate weeks). There is also some time spent towards the end of the course practising what you have learnt with the group as additional 'retreat' practice time. Attendance at each of the sessions is recommended to get the most of the course, as is 30 - 40 minutes home practice each day during the course.
Because the course involves working with difficulties, it is not recommended if you are in the middle of a depressive episode or experiencing a major life-event, such as a bereavement. In order to ensure that it is the right time for you to undertake the course, I will aim to have a pre-course telephone call with you, which will also give you the chance to ask any questions you might have. If you would like to see when the next course is running, please look at the classes page and register to receive more information and a booking form. If you would like to find out more, please do also feel free to email me with any questions.