What is 'mindfulness'?
Being mindful means to fully focus on the present moment without judging what we find. Only in stillness we learn to tune in to what is happening in body and mind. Mindfulness is NOT Yoga, Buddhism, relaxation or therapy - it is a natural state of awareness.
8 week Mindfulness Course: March 2020
Long practice for graduates of 8 week course: tbc
Next Introduction to Mindfulness March 2020
How does 'mindfulness' work?
Developed from Buddhist meditation, it can be learnt by anyone regardless of religious beliefs, age, gender or cultural back-ground. By purposefully directing our awareness away from our thoughts towards our present experience, we control their effect on our lives and create instead a space of freedom, where calmness and contentment can grow. Mindfulness is a proactive approach to living well and provides us with a way to take better charge of our own lives.
Attending a Mindfulness Course provides you with the 'tools' to reduce stress and difficulties. Learning how the mind works can help you cultivate emotional balance, general well being and happiness. Like a ripple effect this change will also have a positive impact on your relationships with others, but most importantly, on the relationship with your self.
Practising Mindfulness Meditation can help you to:
- cope better with stress, anxiety and depression
- feel calmer and more confident
- respond rather than react more effectively
- be less judgmental of yourself and others
- improve your communication
- cultivate compassion & kindness
- accept what you cannot change
- understand how your mind works
- learn to let go in order to move forward
- become content, appreciative & 'more awake'
Cognitive neuroscience of mindfulness
Scientific research has shown that mindfulness meditation has a profound positive effect on our minds and bodies. The study of cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying meditation practices has provided a unique insight into how the brain works. It has been found that cognitive and emotional changes (neuroplasticity) can be induced through mind training and improve attention and emotion regulation.
It has now been clinically proven that mindfulness based programs provide an effective 'method' for coping with a wide range of difficulties including stress, pain, anxiety and depression. Research has uncovered that meditation can cultivate positive states of mind, such as contentment and emotional balance. It has a positive impact on mental, physical, emotional well-being and happiness.
What people say:
'Learning that I am not my thoughts has helped me a great deal with my depression and anxiety. Thank you - I can't wait to do the 8 week course and learn more about how my mind works.'
'The workshop made me realise just how busy I have become and how much I have missed. Life has been passing me by! Now I am more aware and content. I appreciate what I have. Thanks for enlightening me!'
'The course helped me address my fears and realise that they are just thoughts and cannot run my life. I gained a sense of freedom from knowing this and am finally more comfortable just being me.'
'It took me a while to get into it, but now mindfulness plays a part of every day. I have learnt to be kind to myself and deal with challenges in a much more positive way. It has changed my life! I recommend it to all my friends. Thank you for opening my eyes!'
'Thank you for teaching me how to live mindfully. It has truly changed my life! Thank you, Babs'