"Paying attention in the present moment non-judgmentally, with kindness and curiosity. Being able to be non-reactionary to our emotions, fears & limitations."
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course
I am very excited to be able to offer the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course.
Open to anyone who has an interest in learning Mindfulness skills including psychiatrists, psychologist, psychotherapists, counsellors, teachers, doctors, nurses or anyone who would like to have more presence, awareness and reduce stress in their life.
I am a trained facilitator with the Mindfulness Institute of Australasia, affiliated with UMass Medical School for Mindfulness.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidenced based form of mindfulness meditation developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at Umass Medical School for Mindfulness. He developed this over 25 years ago and it is now widely used in hospitals, health care settings and corporate companies all over the world.
The MBSR course is an eight week programme, that is held for two and a half hours a week, on a Thursday evening.
You will receive a booklet, guided meditations, a one day guided silent retreat and support.
Join me for the simple yet quite profound practice of Mindfulness meditation. Learn the skills to start making more aware, conscious choices in any area of your life that you wish to see change in. This could be mindful eating for weight management, conscious relationships to create more fulfilling relationships or pain management, among a few.
Mindfulness is exercise for the brain!
We know well that when it comes to exercise, if you 'use it, you won't loose it'!
We know that to increase our level of fitness we have to practice and practice and practice.
We won't just get fit. We have to get up and go to the gym, or go for that run/walk or bike ride.
Whatever it is, we know we have to DO IT! Nike used that slogan for a reason!
Practicing has qualities that are necessary for us to get better at a particular skill.
Some of these qualities are endurance, commitment, mindset and probably many more to help keep us on the path of doing our practice. Whether that be for fitness or for Mindfulness. In many ways there is not much difference.
But the biggest overriding quality is that you want to see change and you want to do it.
No matter when you start practicing Mindfulness, you can develop your skill by committing to doing the practice.
Just like fitness, you know you will only get fitter if you show up and do the exercise.
You'll only see results with your Mindfulness practice if you show up and practice!
People don't go to the gym to be better at the gym. They go to be stronger and fitter.
Likewise with Mindfulness practice, we don't meditate to become better at meditation. We meditate to create more awareness and improve our everyday lives. With a solid and consistent Mindfulness practice you can start to see shifts, transformation and reduction of stress.
Increasing mindfulness in your day-to-day life can lead to all sorts of good things like less suffering, more fulfillment, a deeper knowledge of who you are, positive behavior changes & even the ability to help other people more effectively. Being more attuned to your own feelings and needs enables a better understanding of others, thus facilitating better connection and compassion towards everyone around us.
‘You cannot control the sea. You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf on them. This is a central idea underlying mindfulness practice. We all experience problems, this is part of life. We all experience sadness and stress, and there are always things we simply have to deal with.
Mindfulness is not about changing what has happened or trying to understand it, but rather changing our relationship to it, changing our perspective!
This is a key principle in Mindfulness!
When you are really present in such situations in life, without suppressing anything or simply wishing that they weren’t happening, you can see what might be needed. When you focus your attention and see the ‘waves’ for what they really are, you can make better-informed choices and act accordingly. At such moments you become aware of your irritation as soon as it rears its head. It affords you the ability to act and make informed choices in the moment!
‘Research suggests that when we intentionally practice being mindful, we feel less stressed, anxious and depressed, and more balanced and in tune with what is happening inside and outside of our bodies. The resulting calm and clarity boosts wellbeing, broadens perspective and provides an important foundation for learning.’ Mental Health Foundation of NZ
The Mental Health Foundation in the UK's Mindfulness Report highlighted those engaged in mindfulness practice to be:
• Less likely to experience psychological distress, be less neurotic, more extroverted.
• Experience less negative thoughts and find it easier to let them go.
• More stable self-esteem, which is less dependent on external factors.
• Greater awareness, understanding and acceptance of their emotional state.
• Better communicators and less troubled by relationship conflict.
• Less likely to react aggressively when feeling threatened and experience improved attention, performance and productivity.
More and more research is showing the incredible results schools are gaining with the use of Mindfulness practices in place. Mindfulness is being used successfully all round the world in the work place, schools, universities, health care settings like hospitals to help people improve their ability to concentrate, focus, increase attention, decrease worry, anxiety, increase the ability to respond in an emotionally healthy way instead of reacting inappropriately and to deal with pain.
Mind body connection with presence and more conscious awareness.
Creating a life instead of reacting to life.
Making wiser, more discerning decisions from a place of inner balance and power!
Intimate inner-connection, leading to an intimate connection to Life in all of its aspects - relationships (family, friendships, loves), work, projects, interests and pastimes, food and health...Being more present and living more mindfully!
This practice is truely profound and transformational.
Mindfulness meditation is not any meditation. It is not a yoga meditation, a Buddhist meditation, it is not instructional and there are no belief systems that accompany it. It is a secular, awareness based exercise.
For best results, work with an experienced and qualified Mindfulness teacher.
To your Health and Well-being!