To awaken & become attentive to each moment
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Ancient meditation practices combined with principles from cognitive therapy are at the heart of the Mindfulness courses. Unfortunately many of us tend to live in the past or perhaps continually look to the future. Over time this way of being can have a negative impact on our mood. We may find we complete everyday activities unaware of the details of each moment of our experience as they unfold – as though we are in ‘auto-pilot’ mode. Mindfulness teaches us to become more open to and aware of each experience as it happens. Cultivating mindfulness helps us to relate differently to our experiences. It offers us possibilities to learn new skills and to make choices that can support and benefit our well-being.
MBCT is a course that has built on the core elements of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course that was created by Jon Kabat Zinn (1979). It is recognised that when we experience anxiety and depression much of life becomes an effort and we can lose our natural vitality. We can feel stuck and unsure how to move forward. Our familiar ways of responding can contribute to this feeling of being ‘stuck’. MBCT combines the elements of ancient meditation practice and cognitive therapy to teach participants how to become more aware of the way their familiar habits and patterns in their thinking and ways of responding can contribute to distress.
Mindfulness can help you to:
- Become more aware of when your mood is deteriorating so that you can address it earlier than you might have done before.
- Be aware of the connection between your mood, thoughts and body sensations and how we respond and react.
- Notice when the critical and judging mind is dominant and foster a less judgmental and more kindly attitude
- Learn other ways to be with distress and difficulty
- Be present to each moment, enjoy and appreciate day to day moments that we may have taken for granted before and feel more connected to our potential for well-being.
A key focus of the MBCT course is to help those who have had depression in the past in order to help prevent relapse.
MBCT-L is similar to the MBCT course in that it offers mindfulness meditation practices combined with cognitive principles. However you do not need to have experienced anxiety or depression in order to access this course. The main focus is to offer participants a different way to manage difficulties that they might experience in their day to day living, to cultivate joy, connectedness, compassion and support well-being.
Both courses require about 40 minutes per day of formal home practices
It may be that it is not possible for you to attend a group mindfulness course and that you would like to be able to learn mindfulness on a one to one basis. This is not a problem. We can arrange to have hourly sessions in which to learn the mindfulness skills and principles that are taught in the group sessions.
How much does an eight week Mindfulness Course cost?
- The cost of an eight week group course is £275 per person
- Mindfulness Courses are available on an individual basis and are charged at £60 per session.
Length and Number of Sessions
- I teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life (MBCT-L) courses in group settings.
- Each session lasts 2 hours.
- There are eight sessions in total for the course.
- Mindfulness is also offered individually.
- Each session lasts for one hour.
- There is a minimum of eight sessions but this can be extended if required.
I work out of rooms in Taunton, Somerset. However currently all sessions – counselling/psychotherapy, supervision and mindfulness courses are offered online only.
Mondays 9 – 5 pm and Tuesdays 3 – 7 pm
Develop Mindfulness in everyday life
“Mindfulness is essentially about relationality – in other words, how we are in relationship to everything including our own minds and bodies, our thoughts and emotions, our past and what transpired to bring us, still breathing into this moment – and how we can learn to live our way into every aspect of life with integrity, with kindness toward ourselves and others, and with wisdom”. – Jon Kabat Zinn, 2013
In offering Mindfulness I teach both formal meditation practices and encourage ways to develop mindfulness in everyday life. Attitudes of patience, kindliness and non-judgment are some of many qualities that are cultivated. With regular practice, familiar habits, responses and reactions can be noticed and identified. This growing awareness provides opportunity for change that can enhance self-understanding, insight and well-being.
Mindfulness can be taught both individually and in group format.