What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is an intentional, present moment awareness of things as they actually are.
We spend much of our lives in our heads, thinking about the past or the future, wishing things were different to how they actually are. This can make us feel low, worried and effect our physical or emotional health and well-being. Developing a mindfulness practice is a way of redressing the balance and can provide enormously helpful new ways of dealing with life's challenges.
"I feel so grateful to have participated in this course. I wanted to learn more about Mindfulness practice for students that I deal with at College and had no idea how much this was going to help me personally."
Mindfulness, as defined by the founder of MBSR Jon Kabat-Zinn, is
“the awareness that arises when we pay attention on purpose in the present moment and non-jugementally”
So let me unpack that for you and describe how this approach to life can radically transform your health, well-being and everyday life.
Practicing mindfulness is the simple act of paying attention, to how things actually are right now, whilst suspending judgement of how we may perceive what is happening. And we pay this attention with a particular sort of intention and attitude.
In the MBSR course you will learn the valuable skill of paying attention by learning a range of mindfulness meditation practices and practicing these by yourself during the week between classes.
You will cultivate and develop this particular kind of awareness, mindfulness, an awareness of how things actually are, in the here and now whether they are good or bad or neutral. It is this relaxing into how things really are, rather than struggling with wanting things to be different that begins to loosen the knots of stress and tension.
You will learn more about yourself which will help you to unlock what you need to better take care of yourself and live your life in a way that allows you to have more ease.
I warmly invite you to come to an Orientation session online, you will be able to meet me, other potential participants, experience a taster session and hear in more detail what the course comprises of and ask questions.
If you have any questions in the meantime please do email me.