Courses

Why Take A Course . A classic definition of mindfulness comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn , Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.”  What does that mean? It’s a form of meditation and mind training and that’s why it’s gained popularity in a wide variety of places, even being embraced by organisations such as Google, Nike and Appleas well as in education and in the health sector.  It’s practised mainly through consciously focusing our attention on a particular object, such as breath, body, sounds , movement or thoughts, and by bringing  attention to the coming and going of thoughts to bring us into the present. Why would that help us? Well our modern world and our day-to day-lives, can be stressful.  Ongoing stress leads to ruminating thoughts  and a scattered mind, thus the opposite of mindfulness is,  mindlessness  or forgetfulness, wandering attention, or constantly being on autopilot and not present. A Harvard study found people’s minds wander an average of 47% of the time and that an unfocused wandering mind is an unhappy mind, it leads to more runination and is not good for our general wellbeing.  When we learn to focus the mind it changes our overall emotional health. We know that we can’t change the stress you have on the outdside, but with prctice we can help you learn to manage what’s going on in your inside and therfore you learn different ways to manage your difficult thoughts and emotions. Our courses teach you that mindfulness can be both formal and informal and practiced with anything. We work with a range of practices to increase your muscle of attention to help you manage the mind wandering habit, so that you can enjoy life more fully and with less stress.

The Benefits : Modern research about mindfulness and meditation show measurable and significant benefits which include, reduction in stress, anxiety, greater focus, increased calmness, and happiness. It can also increase our self-acceptance and self-awareness and improve sleeping patterns. In the same way that we attend to our physical health, it’s important to attend to our mental health, our emotional wellbeing. There are many ways to do this and mindfulness is one way in a range of ways that can be used. However, the beneficial effects of mindfulness are supported by a growing body of evidence and over two decades of clinical research has shown it can benefit people suffering from anxiety, recurrent depression, chronic pain, substance abuse and other health conditions. You can learn it from a book or an app on your phone, but sometimes it helps to have a guide to get you started  on your journey and taking a course is a great way to do this . Our feedback speaks for itself  see link  and those that have taken courses with us tell us that the benefits include:

 

  • Stress reduction
  • Reduced rumination
  • Decreased negative thoughts , depression and anxiety
  • Less emotional reactivity and more effective emotion regulation
  • Increased focus and concentration
  • More cognitive flexibility
  • Improved working memory
  • An overall sense of calm and wellbeing and enjoying life more fully

We run various courses and taster sessions to the public , to organisations and in schools.