“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness is a practice where we learn to pay attention to the present moment in a non-judgemental and kind way. When we become more aware of our experience, our thoughts, feelings and body sensations we can respond with clarity rather reacting in an automatic or habitual way.
Mindfulness is an awareness that we can all develop to help us become more present and not get so caught up in endless thought and doing. When we are mindful this can help us to remain steady though the ups and downs of life.
Kindness is key when practicing mindfulness. When we practice, rather than being detached we develop a gentle, warm and kind awareness towards ourselves, our lives and others. There is recent research showing how kindness can help to reduce stress levels and even pain.
Mindfulness can help to reduce stress, anxiety, prevent relapse of depression, help people manage chronic pain and illness. During the courses we will engage in different practices such as breathing awareness, body awareness, mindful movement and the development of kindness towards ourselves and others.
Please note that the courses I offer aren't suitable for people in the acute or chronic stages of depression and mental illness. If you are unsure if what I offer is for you please contact me so we can discuss your situation.
" The Mindfulness course has given me new tools to deal with stress and anxiety and to also find a way into checking in with myself. I feel calmer, more content in general and can recognise what is happening if my thoughts begin to spin out of control. I know then I am not at their mercy and can choose not to buy into negative thinking. This has been a truly empowering realisation. The course was excellently organised and run and has taught me a great deal about myself. I'm less inclined to beat myself up and have replaced this with acceptance and kindness to myself. I recommend Mindfulness wholeheartedly " S.B