There is a dazzling array of mindfulness offerings around lately, so how to choose?

There is a dazzling array of mindfulness offerings around lately, so how to choose?

Here is a little diagram that maps out what different kinds of training from the most accessible and easy to the most demanding and involved and let’s you know where the programs we offer (MBSR) sits in the scheme of things.

Obviously, the more you put in, the more you will benefit. A rule of thumb might be to choose a pathway that suits your immediate needs, knowing that these needs may change as you practice. If you have some current challenges (stress, anxiety, depression, pain, illness) a light-on short course may not be of much benefit even though it is cheaper and won’t take up much of your time.

 

What mindfulness course is right for you?

Phone apps, online & short courses 

Description  Introductory secular ‘taste’ of mindfulness 
Commitment  Short term, very little commitment
Practice required  Everyday mindfulness 
Involvement of a teacher  Sometimes, often not
Benefits   More present moment awareness. Not much evidence for helping with serious challenges

Mindfulness Based Programs

Description  Basic secular evidence-based training to enhance resilience, and to treat stress, anxiety, depression, pain and other conditions
Commitment  Initial 8 week intensive immersion and then ongoing longer term personal practice if inspired
Practice required  Formal meditation training and everyday mindfulness
Involvement of a teacher   Yes
Benefits  Evidence for reduction of stress, anxiety, depression, pain, trauma and increased resilience and ease

Training in Buddhist teachings & practice 

Description  In-depth, ongoing personal exploration through retreats and teachings 
Commitment  Long term, demanding
Practice required  Formal mediation training, study and everyday mindfulness
Involvement of a teacher  Yes
Benefits   Cultivation of stable states of safety, peace and connectedness

Intensive Buddhist training in monastic settings 

Description  Spiritual training to explore the nature of reality and the mind 
Commitment  Long term, demanding 
Practice required  Intensive formal meditation training, study and everyday mindfulness
Involvement of a teacher  Yes 
Benefits  Extensive transformation of suffering in ones' life

Timothea Goddard

Timothea Goddard is recognised as a pioneer in bringing mindfulness interventions to Australia over the past 13 years...
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