Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Learn to relate and take control over whatever is happening in your life, do something for yourself that no one else can do for you.

Increase your ability to relax, improve your self-esteem, and have more energy and enthusiasm for life.

Mindfulness for Individuals

Mindfulness for Individuals

Who should consider learning mindfulness? Everybody! In our classes we have had people with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, PTSD, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, headaches, heart disease and those just generally not coping too well. But also those who are well and wish to stay that way!

Learning mindfulness is much easier in a group, there is a certain resonance that occurs within a group, and hearing of others experience of the practices can also be helpful, although it is possible to learn the practices by yourself with the aid of your teacher.

There is a lot of scientific experience and evidence available about the benefits to individuals of learning and practicing mindfulness on a daily basis which I have summarised below. This is not the whole story as each person has their own individual experience of the practice which continues to grow over time. By studying groups who have undergone the training however, certain experiences appear to have be shared amongst the groups. Please remember however that there is no absolute right or wrong in the practice, despite what our minds tell us (and as you will learn our thoughts are not facts, even the ones that say they are!) Our minds will tell us we are 'no good at this' or 'someone else is better at it' or 'we are too busy to do this right now' but of course being aware of having that thought is a mindful experience in itself!

On the home page are examples of how mindfulness impacts on our overall health and wellbeing. Studies have demonstrated a measurable change in the structure of a mediator's brain from one single 8 week course and around 20 minutes of practice per day. We can use our mind to change our brain, to change our mind, and all in 8 weeks! One area of the brain which shows an increase in grey matter is an area integral to our sense of connectedness with others, increasing empathy and having a huge impact on our overall health and well-being. Other shown benefits of mindfulness include:

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Mindful people tend to spend more time doing things they value, or find interesting and fun, being freed from the 'word prisons' we can all build for ourselves. 'I must/ should/could be doing X, Y or Z'. They develop an increased sense of purpose and suffer with fewer feelings of isolation or alienation, have decreased symptoms of illness such as headache, chest pains or exhaustion and on average visit their doctor 50% less than those who don't meditate.

 

Training

MBSR training involves establishing a personal intention to practice, to which I hope this website has contributed. Free information evenings are also provided to help you with your decision.

This intention involves the commitment of time to spend on ourselves. The course is spread over 8 consecutive weeks, one class of 2.5 hours and a daily prescribed practice from the work book provided with the aid of a CD of guided meditations. After week 6 there is an all day session of a guided silent retreat (one weekend day) where we develop what we have learned to date. The course will be arranged as a small group, but remember this is training, definitely not therapy, so the group focus is purely on our experience of the practices.

Midweek evenings usually suit most people, and courses are offered frequently throughout the year. Early afternoon courses mid week can also be arranged to suit those for whom the evening is too difficult or demanding.