Mindfulness Based Course (MBSR)
It can be easy to rush through life without stopping. Our minds tend to run forward anticipating the future or wander back, dwelling on the past and we are rarely fully aware of what we are experiencing at the time. As a result we can find ourselves carried off by the current of thoughts and feelings, worries, pressures, responsibilities; wanting things to be different from how they are right now. This can be particularly powerful when we are faced with difficulties due to illness and pain, work or family pressure, which can confound our attempts to find a solution or to feel better.
Mindfulness can help us to become more aware, centred and balanced as well as supporting us to find more to appreciate in the ordinary experiences of our day. Instead of being hijacked by emotions and reacting by perhaps imagining the worst, mindfulness can help us to learn to find different ways to manage challenging situations and in doing so can really improve the quality of our life. The skills that emerge from mindfulness training are beginning to be recognised as crucial life skills offering new ways to relate to trauma and distress.
What happens in the course?
The course is 8 weeks and each session is 2 hours long. The sessions focus mainly on teaching skills that develop awareness of body sensations, feelings, and thoughts, which are then applied in relation to particular cognitive therapy-based exercises. In each session there will be a mixture of guided meditation practices, discussion about this practice and cognitive therapy exercises. Everything is ‘invitational’ and there is no expectation that participants will have to share personal histories. Our old familiar patterns of thinking and reacting have often been around for a long time and are habitual and automatic, so putting time and effort in between sessions is an important aspect of the course. Therefore, 30 to 40 minutes a day of home practice is recommended. Hand-outs and guided meditations will be provided.
Ms Laurence Baretto de Souza,
Mindfulness practitioner and Integrative Psychotherapist.
£160 (£120conc.) course fee.
We request a £60 deposit to secure your place on the course. This is refundable if you change your mind 7 days before the start of the course.
The rest of the fee is payable before .
If you are interested in applying for this course, please contact Laurence on 07825678377 or email [email protected] by Monday the 16th of October 2017
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What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness has been defined as paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally (Jon Kabat-Zinn).
It is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. It will not eliminate life's pressures, but it can help us respond rather than unhelpfully react. It provides us with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding.
Becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations may not sound like an obviously helpful thing to do, however learning to do this in a way that suspends judgment and self-criticism can have surprising results. Many people report finding inner strengths and resources that help them make wiser decisions about their health and life in general.
People who practice mindfulness regularly
* experience long-lasting physical and psychological stress reduction;
* discover positive changes in well-being;
* are less likely to get stuck in depression and exhaustion
*are better able to change unhelpful behaviours and thought patterns