What is Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness:  Our modern-day world leads us to be busy which means our minds can race around at incredible speed. Mindfulness and meditation is a way of slowing us down and paying attention to whatever is happening in our lives, inside and out, in our internal (thoughts and feelings) and in our external world. It’s about coming off the auto-pilot and training ourselves to pay close attention to what is going on right now, in the present moment. For most of the time we are lost in our internal world, our thoughts and feelings and the inner chatter that’s constantly running in our heads. You could say we spend a lot of our time lost in thought and many of our difficult feelings and emotions are a result of these thoughts, perhaps regrets about the past, or worries about the future or judgments about the present.  All this increases our levels of stress and kicks in our flight and fight mode and this can take a significant toll on our wellbeing. When we are mindful, we become more aware of this and can explore these habitual thought patterns and ways of reacting. It’s a secular meditative practice which involves paying attention to what is happening- as it is happening.  It is this attitude of curiosity, that allows us to learn skills and create new and healthier ways of responding to life’s challenges. Cultivating this level of self-awareness has many benefits such as promoting our overall wellbeing, and it can helps us gain the ability to handle difficult thoughts and emotions which builds our overall resilience allowing us to enjoy life more fully.  http://www.mindfulnessinstitute.ca/the-science 

Who are we:  We believe that mindfulness is a natural part of being human and this extensively researched psychological intervention has been shown to be an effective method of enhancing our wellbeing.  It has been practiced for over 2600 years in various traditions around the world, and our courses address the connections between your thoughts, attitudes, feelings and behaviour to enable you to manage them. Our practices teach people about attending to the here and now and being present with those they interact with and themselves.  We have a vision of increasing the number of people experiencing the benefits of a regular meditation and mindfulness practice,   and our values underpin our work and guide our relationships with those we work with:

We promote inclusion, equality and involvement.  We aim to make our training and support accessible to all, and to listen to and learn from those who choose to study with us.  We work in secular settings and our courses can be accessed by people of all faiths and none.

Our approach is empowering, strengths based and hopeful.  We believe everyone has the innate quality of mindfulness and that everyone has the capacity to live well and hopefully, regardless of circumstances.

Our work is compassion focussed. We are open and sensitive to the difficulties that we can all experience as humans, and are strongly motivated to relieve such suffering.

Our clients:  We offer courses to the public, organisations and schools and have included:  Abbey Primary Ayrshire, Active Communities Renfrewshire, Adoption UK, Bushes Primary Renfrewshire, Cargill Nutrition, Children 1st, Crossroads Cowal and Bute, Dyslexia Scotland, East Ayrshire Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action, East Lothian Council, East Renfrewshire Council, East Renfrewshire CHCP, Future Pathways, Girls Brigade, Hiddens Gardens Glasgow , HMRC , Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership, Mull and Iona Community Trust, Kilwinning Academy, National Lighthouse Board, National Union of Students, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, North Ayrshire Council, Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Renfrewshire Association of Mental Health, Scottish Families, Scottish Government, St Matthews Academy, Taylor Wimpy, University of the West of Scotland, Vibrant Communities East Ayrshire, Victim Support Scotland, West College Scotland, West Dunbartonshire Council, West Glasgow Carers Centre and Young Scot.