Do you find yourself frequently consumed and often overwhelmed by thoughts and feelings, worries, pressure and responsibilities? Do you find it hard to switch off at the end of a busy day? Does all of this get in the way of you being fulfilled, connected and happy? Then how about trying mindfulness?
Research shows that mindfulness can significantly change the way you relate to stress and difficulty, and enhance your capacity to cope more with life’s ups and downs. Mindfulness helps you to become more aware of what is happening for you moment by moment. This helps you to recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious ways of reacting to everyday events.
The aim of mindfulness is not to eliminate all of life’s problems but to create awareness, so that you can choose new ways of relating to them. Practising mindfulness can boost your attention and concentration, raise your levels of self-understanding, increase your resilience and improve your relationships. It can also help you to feel calmer and cope better with pain and illness.
So how do you get started with mindfulness? There are plenty of books and apps available and these may work for you. However, getting a regular practice together is not so easy and that’s one of the reasons the 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is so popular. MBSR was founded in 1979 by John Kabat Zinn and 1000s of people around the world have benefited from the course since then.
MBSR is a group based personal development course that teaches you practices and techniques to enhance your wellbeing and help you find ways to get more out of your life. It will help you find new approaches to old patterns of thinking and reacting. It is intended to help a broad range of people who wish to develop new ways of responding to the ups and downs of life and to enhance their overall wellbeing.
To find out if the MBSR course is right for you why not come along to a taster session? You will get an opportunity to try out a variety of practices and find out more about the 8 week course. To find out more or to book a course visit the public courses page
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn