What is Mindfulness Meditation?Mindfulness is a simple form of meditation that was little known in the west until recently. It consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out. Focusing your breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind. Little by little you can let go of struggling with them. Thoughts come and go of their own accord.
You are not your thoughts. Ultimately you have a choice about whether you act on them or not.
Mindfulness is about observation without criticism, about being compassionate with yourself. When unhappiness or stress hovers overhead, rather than taking it all personally, you learn to treat them as if they were black clouds in the sky and to observe them with friendly curiosity as they drift past.
In essence Mindfulness allows you to catch negative thought patterns before they tip you into a downward spiral. It begins the process of putting you back in control of your own life.
Benefits of Mindfulness
- Studies have shown that regular meditators see their doctors less often and spend fewer days in hospital.
- Regular meditation can help with anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain, heart and circulatory issues - IBS, fibromyalgia and many challenging illnesses. People have experienced improved memory, creativity, more efficient immune systems and enhanced brain functioning.
- Mindfulness is not a religion. Many people who practice meditation are themselves religious, but again many atheists and agnostics are keen meditators to.
- Mindfulness doesn't take a lot of time, but patience and persistence are required. Many people can find that meditation liberates them from the pressures of time - so they have more time to spend on other things.
- Mindfulness is not about accepting the unacceptable. It is about seeing the world with greater clarity. Often they can make wiser decisions for example - with career and life-style goals.
Meditation & MeI have had a sound meditation practice for more than 25 years. Since my early 30s I have experienced different forms of meditation and have attended many retreats and meditation trainings. I have developed a strong interest in mindfulness and have attended further trainings.
In 2008 I trained with Bangor University to integrate Mindfulness and into my counselling & psychotherapy practice. I then attended their teachers development retreat. Since then I have continued to strengthen my knowledge and support my practice in Mindfulness by attending various retreats, seminars, workshops, peer group meetings and the use of webinars, DVD and CDs. I have achieved a teaching qualification at distinction level from The British School of Meditation.
Mindfulness programmes, are highly recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). Research has proven that Mindfulness in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are an excellent support for people experiencing recurring bouts of depression. Mindfulness combines ancient meditation practices with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is widely accepted by many medical practitioners - and is often used alongside the medical model.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- CBT has become very popular. Precisely because it is so 'common sense'.
- It can be learned relatively easily and can get visible results.
- It is about learning new skills and putting them into practice.
- CBT sets out to change your behaviour and your feelings.
- It teaches you that you can do things differently.
- You can feel and behave differently as a consequence.
- You need to decide that something needs to change. That you want to change.
- That you want to look openly and honestly at your thoughts and behaviours.
- Be willing to break old habits, no matter how comfortable they may seem.
- You may be more than willing to change because you have become fed up with how things are, right now.
- You need set aside a bit of time and decide what you want to change.
- You could make a note of these things in your journal.
- When you feel ready to make changes you could contact me and we can work out together a programme for you.
- If you stick with CBT, over time, you will begin to change.
- Differences in how you think and act, however subtle or profound will bring significant changes in your life
- Is the time to change now?
"If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got"
I teach mindfulness programmes for stress, health and well-being, often combining it with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Tuiton is for individuals, couples and small groups.
What people say about Mindfulness:
- Ruby Wax: "Mindfulness is the only thing that can dig me out of despair."
- Prof Mark Williams & Danny Penman: Mindfulness. A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. (Book)
- Goldie Hawn: "Decide you want to meditate and make it priority for your well - being."
- Jon Kabat - Zinn: "Mindfulness is a love affair with life."
- Jon Kabat - Zinn has been a wonderful pioneer of mindfulness since the late 1970s. He has introduced and established mindfulness into the medical profession.
- See Jon's ground breaking book - The Full Catastrophe of Living.
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