About Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness might most simply be described as choosing and learning to control our focus of attention. It is a way of paying attention and staying present, that allows us to respond more skilfully to what is happening in our lives. We learn to bring an attitude of curiosity, acceptance and kindness to whatever is experienced.
Mindfulness is typically cultivated by exploring a range of simple meditation practices and approaches to living, which aim to bring a greater awareness of thinking, feeling and behaviour patterns, and to develop the ability to manage these more skilfully. We practice paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment in the mind, body and the external environment. This is found to lead to an expansion of choice and capacity in how to meet and respond to life’s challenges (of which there are many!), and therefore to live with greater wellbeing and mental clarity. We learn how to respond rather than react to whatever comes our way.
“There is no task that we don’t do better when our minds are focused on it”
8-week course in Meditation & Mindfulness for Health & Wellbeing
Some of the potential benefits of attending an 8-week course:
- Reduced stress levels
- Improved focus and concentration
- Increased creativity and problem solving
- Improved sleep
- Improved psychological wellbeing
- Improved heart & circulatory health
- Increased tolerance to pain
- 2 hours a week for 8 weeks
- The session is split into three parts:
- feedback and discussion on the previous week
- teaching and discussion on a ‘topic’ for the week, such as stress or time pressure
- a guided meditation practice.
- Commitment to a daily meditation practice for the duration of the course (guided meditations provided)
What you will learn:
- Four simple but effective guided meditations which will help you to ‘practice’ mindfulness, along with ‘informal’ practices that you can do as you go about your normal day
- How you can build these practices into your daily life for maximum benefit and effectiveness
- The course covers teaching and discussion on a number of topics that are of relevance to how we live our daily lives such as stress, physical and emotional pain, time pressure etc.
- Some of the research that supports the benefits of mindfulness such as how the physical structure of your brain can actually change in response to these practices, through the process of ‘neuroplasticity’.
What other people who have been on the course say:
“This course has helped me to manage workplace stress….and allowed me to be more accepting and less judgemental. I have a greater appreciation of the world around me”
“I don’t have as many knee jerk reactions, I’m calmer, I don’t get stressed as much, particularly about smaller things”
“This course has helped me feel more grounded and in control. It has made me stop and think in any given situation, which has only had positive ripple effects……”
“More aware and present in most, if not everything, I do”
“This course has helped me to separate thoughts and feeling from myself. I am less likely to react and more likely to respond”
“This course has helped me ‘step back’ and look at issues with a clearer more focused head and mind”
“This has helped me to process thoughts differently……….I have been able to sleep much easier throughout the 8 weeks and have benefited greatly in general”
“I have been seeing my doctor for high blood pressure. I went for a checkup this week and my blood pressure levels have dropped for the first time in ages!” (comment made during week 5 of the course)
(6 months on from attending the course)………… “I still feel very changed by the course and have passed things I have learnt, onto others. The biggest thing is that I allow myself to feel how I feel without judgement and with acceptance. It is such a simple thing, but it is massive for me..”