When we started teaching MBSR we were surprised at how much each person seemed to get out of the program. These few testimonials can hopefully provide a window into the experience of past participants.
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.
Learning that neutral experiences are OK. Not all about chasing the positive or wallowing in the negative. People around me have started commenting on the fact that I'm a lot calmer and have more “space” about me - in my interactions with them. Better aware of the impact of thoughts – even passing ones on my mood. Being able to catch thoughts or negative thinking.
I was interested in the mindfulness program to try to make sense of the frenetic state I always seem to be in. Now I know the tools to use when I feel myself ‘digressing'. I consciously try and think about ‘the current moment’, not judging, not forcing issues, being open to opportunities, trusting. It’s working!
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.
Inner strength, confidence through knowing myself better, a more positive view of my future knowing that all I need is to turn towards my pain and remember it will pass.
I recently completed a course in mindfulness with Openground. I have been struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety and depression for the last five years as a direct result of the 2009 Murrindindi Bushfires. My physical health seemed to go down in proportion to my mental well being, with the onset of PTSD. I resumed smoking again after seventeen years which made me very unhappy but I felt powerless and unable to stop and also, for a time, I struggled with alcohol abuse. After only two weeks of practice I seemed to be able to draw on something deep within and I quit smoking. A miracle had occurred. With the medications that I take for the PTSD and anxiety I have to monitor my blood pressure and heart rate every day. By the end of the course, my resting heart rate went from 105 bpm to, after eight weeks, 55-60 bpm and I feel a lot calmer and less anxious. I do not think I would have been able to attain these goals if it were not for doing this course,and I thank Nik from the bottom of my now happy heart.
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.