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Mindfulness

A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based course which teaches mindfulness.

What is Mindfulness?

We call the kind of moment to moment awareness of one’s body, mind and other aspects of our lives mindfulness. It is developed by purposefully paying attention in a non-judgemental way, to what is going on in our body and mind, and in the world around us.

Mindfulness is an approach that uses meditation as a way to become more centred. It is used the world over as a way of dealing with stress. Mindfulness has been shown to be beneficial for a wide range of people, with problems of a physical, psychological (depression and anxiety) or stress based nature.

Staying in touch in this way from one moment to the next, this shift in awareness, may lead to you seeing things somewhat differently, perhaps to feeling less stuck, or to a sense of having more options, more strength and more confidence in your possibilities.

What it is not?

Although Mindfulness does use meditation, it does not have any religious or spiritual leanings. People from all and no faiths have found this approach acceptable. Equally there are no age-limits. The course is not about relaxing either.

This course is practical and down-to-earth, you are talked through the meditations and only have to follow the instructions, and all home-practice uses CDs / Downloads. There is no “cleverness” needed to be able to find benefit from this.

It is group based but there is no self-disclosure needed, it is not an avenue to peer-support or talking through our past or current situations. Rather we are focused on using Mindfulness to help manage difficulties we experience, or prevent us experiencing difficulties in the future.

What happens in the course?

The mindfulness course runs over 8 weeks .Each session weekly sessions each lasts 2 hours. We have up to 24 participants in each group. Home practise is an integral part. There is a small amount of reading to do each week, but most importantly is practising the skills and techniques. So each week we require participants to practice Mindfulness meditations (30-45 minute CDs / downloads) for 6 days out of every 7. This is a lot and can be quite difficult, but we need to be aware that all the evidence shows that the more practice people do, the greater the benefit to them.

There are some group discussions around our experiences of the meditations, but if you don’t want to say anything, it’s fine to just listen.

Before joining the course, you will be asked to attend either a one-to-one assessment or an orientation session where you (and the other interested clients if group-based) can find out more about Mindfulness, this course and practice taster Mindfulness-exercises. This is so you can get an idea if this course would be for you and you know what to expect. You can also meet the facilitators of the course.

We also have a live interactive on-line version of this course available.

Recommended Reads:

“Mindfulness: A practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World” Mark Williams & Danny Penman.

“The Mindful way through Depression”. By Williams, Teasdale, Segal & Kabat-Zinn.

“Full Catastrophe Living” By Jon Kabat-Zinn.