Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and bringing acceptance to it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in physical health, wellbeing and overall happiness. It teaches us to be in wise relation to our mind, heart and body and that when we bring awareness to the present moment there is a stillness and space to respond rather than react to our experiences.
“Every one of us already has the seed of mindfulness. The practice is to cultivate it.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness helps improve physical health through helping relieve stress, improve sleep, reduce heart rate, help hypertension, strengthen the immune system, reduce chronic pain, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties. Mindfulness meditation is also an important element in the treatment of anxiety, depression, addictive behaviours, eating disorders, and conflicts. It supports us to feel less overwhelmed,have greater self-compassion, self-confidence and acceptance for life as it is. Mindfulness positively changes the way we relate, think and feel about experiences and live with greater clarity and make wiser choices.
Certified 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. It is a highlyresearched and evidence-based course that is delivered worldwide. The MBSR curriculum introduces the practice of mindfulness as well asways to bring mindfulness and awareness into everyday activitiesin life.
Mindfulness practices will help you gain awareness of your experiences, particularlyduring times of stress and /or living with chronic pain so that you can develop ways of responding that are helpful and become more aware of unhelpful habits and patterns.When we practice mindfulness it really does lighten the load and allow us to breath and be with what is. The MBSR was pioneered with patients who were in chronic pain and the research demonstrates that at 8 weeks patients report a mild to significant reduction in the pain they were experiencing.
The course will be group-based, involving group work and group discussion (you can contribute as much as you feel comfortable with). The course also involves a variety of daily meditations and mindfulness exercises, which you’re asked to practice in between sessions. The course involves extensive home practice and as such a commitment to this is required. The cost includes a downloadable course handbook and guided practices and a Continuing ProfessionalDevelopment certificate of completion.
8 sessions – Each session is 2 hours 20 minutes long (18 hours 40 minutes teaching in total)
In a group setting
TBC – starting late Sept 2021