Mindfulness is a technique that can help us to live in the present. Too often we get caught up in autopilot, our minds wander away and we lose touch with the reality of any given moment, whilst this is completely normal for all of us, the downside of this is that we can become immersed in thoughts about past events, or we can worry about the future. Either way, this can have an impact on our mood – depression, anxiety, worry, stress and more. With mindfulness practise, our awareness grows and teaches us how to step out of autopilot and the constant busyness of always doing. Instead, we experience being more present by bringing awareness to our physical body sensations, patterns of thoughts and emotions rather than being completely unaware of them. We can see that thoughts feelings and emotions come and go, without having to ‘buy into’ them. This can be transformational for our wellbeing.
With mindfulness practise, we are better able to choose how we respond to our thoughts, emotions and experiences. We can become less reactive, instead, we create space to understand our stress reactions and can better respond to them.
The 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is a widely researched and evidence-based approach to help you develop new ways to cope with stress and anxiety, exploring techniques to help you bring mindfulness into your everyday life, and cultivating attitudes such as patience, trust, acceptance and self-compassion. A little like going to the gym for improved physical health, mindfulness is a form of strengthening our ability to stabilise the mind. When we’re present, we get to create and shape the next moment.
This practical course gives you the opportunity to develop a personalised mindfulness practise with a small group setting over an 8 week period. There will be guided practises, take-home notes, group discussions and exercises designed to enhance personal learning and wellbeing. As the course builds on theory and knowledge week by week, the course is best attended for all 8 weeks to get the maximum benefits.
Begin your mindfulness journey here!
The course runs every Tuesday from 7-9pm for 8 weeks, beginning 21st February and ending 11th April. Zoom links will be sent in advance.
Cost: £150 per person