What is mindfulness?


Mindfulness is 
developed by purposefully paying attention in an open-hearted way to what is going on in the present moment - in your body, your mind and in the world around you.  We call this moment-to-moment awareness and reflective capacity – mindfulness. 

Mindfulness practice offers an invitation to move towards greater balance, choice and participation in life. Through the cultivation of skills, attitudes and knowledge we learn how to bring acceptance and curiosity to all of our experience – sensations, thoughts, emotions and actions, and the situation we are in.  This way of seeing can free us up to respond with more clarity and wisdom, rather than acting out of habitual patterns. It opens up the possibility of more authority in our own lives and ways of working wisely and compassionately with difficulties in life so we can choose what is nourishing for ourselves and others. 

   

Want a quick fix?

Most of us busy humans don't like it but change takes take time! Therefore MBSR unfolds over 8 weeks and beyond - with 2.5 hour sessions plus a whole day retreat and with quite a bit of home practice.

Mindfulness is not just a good idea or a simple set of cognitive techniques but involves changing habits of mind and body. Change happens through practice and the evidence suggests that eight weeks provides the time for new cognitive, emotional, neurological and behavioural changes to become embedded. Our experience is that practice is most effectively developed in a sustainable manner when there is an ongoing personal relationship with a teacher who really knows their stuff.

Mindfulness is everywhere lately and there are lots of promises about a quick fix. You will see many short courses now that claim to be 'based on MBSR' or 'based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn' and also drawing on the MBSR research-base to support their advertising - when this is not evident in the structure of that course or the experience of the teacher. We encourage you to do some research to find out what will best meet your needs and interest in mindfulness training.

Our day-to-day choices about where and how we place our attention, really matter.

Come and see what an eight week mindfulness course can do for you


 


 

 

What People Are Saying

I gained a lot from this course! I would definitely recommend it to friends and already have. I hadn’t been feeling ‘myself’ at the start of the course, and hadn’t been for almost a year. I had long term RSI which has gotten better in the 8 weeks – not 100% yet, but better than 6-8 months of physio beforehand! I feel myself again, and friends and work colleagues have noticed I seem happier, less stressed and I feel able to cope with stresses easier.

Tracey, 2017

Inner strength, confidence through knowing myself better, a more positive view of my future knowing that all I need is to turn into my pain and remember it will pass

Anna, 2016

It has definitely changed relationships in my life. Also it has helped me deal with confrontation a lot better. It has helped me become a lot more task focussed and given me the skill to see where my mind often wanders and why it goes to certain places. Loved the course and would recommend it to everyone.

Lacee, 2015

The course has made me feel a lot calmer in a busy life. It has reminded me to stop and smell the roses. It has taught me that awareness – is just that – not complicated! That meditation is not about stopping all thoughts but acknowledging them and letting them pass and then focussing back on the here and now.

Lisa 2016

It is hard to verbalise the surprisingly profound impact this experience (so much more than a course) has had on me. It has been so complete—spiritually, emotionally, professionally and intellectually.

Patrick 2016