Is Mindfulness the same as meditation?
Mindfulness and Meditation are terms that are often used interchangeably. They relate to similar practices, most of which involve learning to pay more attention, in a deliberate and focused way, to a specific object, such as the breath or sensations in the body. Meditation is generally associated with sitting still. Mindfulness can be applied to any daily activity, such as eating, driving, office or housework, communicating. Mindfulness is a way of being, a way of living moment by moment consciously and with awareness, kindness and compassion.
Is Mindfulness beneficial for me if I am receiving treatment for anxiety and/ or depression?
The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR), in particular, has been designed to support people experiencing a whole range of physical and mental health conditions. In more recent years, the MBSR programme has been adapted by others working particularly in the area of mental health and sometimes includes components of particular psychotherapeutic approaches.
Reports from this area of work clearly indicate that the MBSR programme can greatly assist those experiencing psychological distress, including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Having said that, participating in a mindfulness course, particularly MBSR, can be challenging and there are times in our lives when this kind of challenge may be too much for us. If you have any concerns about your ability to engage with a mindfulness course at this particular time, please feel free to discuss them with me. Together, we can assess whether this is an appropriate time for you to take part in a course.
What is the difference between Mindfulness and Counselling or Psychotherapy?
While we can develop significant insight into our communication and behaviour patterns through mindfulness practice, it is not individual or group therapy. In counselling or psychotherapy the roots of psychological patterns are processed with a view to change in long term habits that are dysfunctional. Those already engaged with a therapist or counsellor often find mindfulness practices to be very supportive of this process.
Do I have to sit on the floor?
No! Mindfulness can be practised just as easily whilst sitting in a chair, standing or even lying down. However, a range of meditation cushions and meditation stools will be available so that participants can, if they like, try them for their practice.
Is the cost of the MBSR course fixed?
A number of concessionary places are available on each course. Flexible payments options are also available. If you would really like to do a course and are on a reduced income, please contact me to discuss what payment arrangement might be possible.
“I can talk (or rather, think/feel) a storm round committing to a practice and then realise I’m doing nothing. However, continued and repeated practices with you have helped me discover which suit me better at the moment.”
“Your method is very down to earth, sensitive and clear and I found/find that very helpful and encouraging.”
“Very enjoyable, looked forward to every Tuesday. Classes have had a positive effect on my life.”
“Inspired by your quiet presence and confident instruction.”
“I found the classes excellent.”
“Very clear, organised, confident teaching.”
“I found this course extremely helpful. In particular I became aware of how my upbringing did not endorse being kind to oneself. This realisation helped me greatly. I am more aware of the present and find myself stopping mu busy life to just “be”, which is great.”
“I enjoyed the experience very much, I am so glad I did it.”
“I am already becoming aware of all the things that matter in life, and much more appreciative and grateful about that.”