No prior experience is necessary. This is the perfect workshop for those who are interested in exploring what mindfulness is and how to start practicing it. It is especially useful for anyone who is looking for ways to address stress and daily anxiety or who wants to be more present, less reactive, and more open in their life.
Mindfulness has been the subject of great interest and popularity in recent years, thanks to a rapidly expanding scientific research evidence base confirming that it can be helpful for many mental and physical health problems, as well as for improving well-being more generally in life.
Mindfulness practices are not new and have origins 2500 years ago in the contemplative traditions of Asia, especially Buddhism. In the last 40 years they have been formulised into the therapies of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Leading universities are now researching and teaching mindfulness, and there is a large all-party parliamentary group promoting its use in health, education, criminal justice and the workplace. Increasingly, research is showing the profoundly beneficial effects that mindfulness can have on the mind and body, on our sense of wellbeing and on our relationships with ourselves and others. This workshop is a chance for you to find out what it’s all about and to try it out for yourself.
In basic terms, mindfulness is a simple yet profound state of mind and body which is focused and self-aware. It is a life-enhancement skill and approach to living which can deepen our sense of well-being and fulfilment. It involves learning to notice what is occurring in our present moment experience, with an attitude of openness and non-judgmental acceptance so we can feel more connected, real and alive. When we practise mindfulness we are more aware of the things that help us to be calm and happy. We are also more aware of our thought patterns that take us in the opposite direction. With this awareness, we can take positive choices in everyday life.
Mindfulness is both a skill and a way of living. It is about living in the here and now rather than being caught in the past or worrying all the time about the future. It’s knowing what’s going on inside your mind and body, and what’s going on in the outside world as well. Mindfulness is easy to learn and accessible to every one of us. It is a quality or skill we all have inherently, but like any skill it can be improved through exercises and practice. It is just like training a muscle – instead we are training our attention to be where we want it to be.
Evidence is growing as to the many varied health benefits of mindfulness practice, such as:
• Increased ability to manage difficult situations, build emotional resilience and make wise choices.
• Enhanced physical and emotional wellbeing
• Deeper sleep, with reduced disturbances
• Increased capacity for memory
• Increased concentration
• Enhanced creativity
• Increased tolerance and relief from physical/mental/emotional pain
• Improved listening skills
• Reduced anger
• Improved mental clarity and focus
• Reduced emotional reactivity
Mindfulness is an invaluable tool when facing high stress situations and relations in your daily life and in your workplace.
This workshop is designed to give you an introduction to mindfulness theory and practice and a thorough understanding of what contemporary mindfulness practice is, allowing you to progress at your own pace. It will help you understand how the practice leads to real and sustainable change, how these changes come about and how you can incorporate a mindfulness practice in your own life.
By the end of workshop, you will know, through your own experience as well as exposure to the research evidence the benefits that mindfulness could offer you personally. Most importantly, you will have the practical tools to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life.