"Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment." - Jon Kabat-Zinn
For most of us, when this happens, it's unexpected, maybe while walking on a woodland path on a crisp autumn day, or being so focused in work or hobbies that you are not thinking about past or future, or connecting with someone in a way that makes it seem like time is standing still. This state of being alive and whole in the present moment is always available, but it typically eludes us, especially in times of difficulty and external pressures.
This Eight Week Mindfulness Course is based on the Gold Standard Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. We will meet for 2 hours per week on a Sunday afternoon, starting on Sunday 6th May.
This course is co-hosted by Nick Ratcliff UKCP qualified Psychotherapist and Clinical Recovery Lead at the Priory (Nottingham).
What will taking an MBSR course do for me?
The course aims to assist you in taking better care of yourself and in getting the most out of living. The majority of people completing the course report lasting physical and psychological benefits. The aim of the course is to learn new ways to handle challenging physical sensations, feelings, moods or social interactions and daily stresses..
Extensive scientific research into mindfulness training consistently reveals its effectiveness in enhancing health and well-being. Mindfulness is recommended by NICE and has found to be as effective for depression as medication for depression. The NHS page online has more information on the benefits of mindfulness. Some of these benefits include:
• Reductions in stress, anxiety, depression and exhaustion – and an increase in positive emotions, resilience and well-being
• A stronger immune system, helping you to fight off illness more effectively
• An increased capacity for focus, attention, learning, memory, creativity and concentration
• A greater ability to regulate your emotions and to feel kind and compassionate towards ourselves and others
• Heightened self-confidence and assertiveness.
• An increased ability to relax
• Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
• An increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations
• Feeling less stuck, and a sense of having more options
• Feel more fully alive and in the moment
We spend too much time in the past or future:
Life consists of millions of moments, and most of us aren’t ‘there’ in them because we are in auto-pilot mode, wishing we’d chosen a faster queue or worrying about work tomorrow.
The importance of practice
This course is highly experiential and the daily practice is perhaps the most important component. You wouldn’t expect to learn to drive by reading a book about driving and, and learning a mindfulness practice is no different than any other skill that involves both mind and body. You know from your own experience in learning to play an instrument, or a sport, or any complex skill whatsoever, that practice is important. Your body/mind is the most complex instrument in the universe. It takes time and practice to use it effectively and harmoniously.
For this reason, you will need to set 30 minutes a day for practice. This can be divided into smaller chunks and does not have to be a sitting practice. This may be the most difficult hurdle you face in getting started because one of the very issues you are facing may be not having enough time for all that needs to get done in a day - how are you going to find an extra 30 minutes? You may find that after a few weeks of practice, although your time to "do things" is technically 30 minutes less, there can be a feeling of having more space and time, even in the middle of a very busy day. You will be supported throughout your course by 2 experienced tutors also with a workbook, and a private fb group which we can support each other on, articles, and recordings and videos of mindfulness practices. A certificate of completion is available to all participants that attend all 8 sessions and complete the home practice.