ONGOING REFLECTIONS ON THE THEMES OF THE 8-WEEK MBSR COURSE
I offer ongoing weekly 1.5 hour mindfulness sessions, bookable in blocks of 8.
Starting with some physical grounding warmups, you will be guided in a variety of mindfulness meditation practices. Focus will be on breath and connection to the body, as well as bringing mindful awareness into the everyday activities of life. There will be chance to share insights in
We will be seated on chairs or cushions for sitting meditation, and there will also be some standing, lying down, walking and gentle movement exercises. The practices are designed to help cultivate awareness of body sensations, emotions, moods and thoughts, particularly during times of stress. Cultivating present moment awareness as well as empathy for ourselves and curiosity in the world around us, can support us in responding appropriately to the stressors in our lives. We can become more present and alive to what supports and nurtures us.
Focus will be guided towards how we relate to stress rather than the details of any specific events themselves. However, in the first session some time will be dedicated to creating a safe, respectful and comfortable space for all participants.
Session 1 - From autopilot to embodied presence - starting to connect with body and breath
Session 2 - Understanding our habitual attitudes and their influence on perception - from self-critic to self-compassion
Session 3 - How do we experience what is pleasant? Cultivating curiosity in the everyday activities of life
Session 4 - How do we habitually meet what challenges us? Learning about our patterns of reactivity.
Session 5 - Exploring the differing impacts of habitual reactivity and considered responding.
Session 6 - How may a mindful approach serve our external relationships? Befriending our challenges.
Session 7 - Cultivating kindness - what to let go of and what to nurture?
Session 8 - A new beginning - keeping mindfulness alive
For the benefit of the group learning environment you are asked to attend a minimum of 6 out of the 8 sessions. Ideally you will be able to commit to all 8, as each session builds on the last and home practice will be given after each session, to be discussed the following week.
Who is the course for?
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to join the sessions to find balance and maintain your health. Whether you are experiencing some level of stress, anxiety or low mood or would like to learn new skills in a supportive group environment you are welcome.
Self-care is really key. So do think carefully if this is the right time and right course for you. For instance if you have recently suffered trauma or a difficult bereavement it might be best to wait for a later date when you may feel more comfortable in participating in a group course. If you're unsure then note this in your registration and we can talk this through.
All sessions are on hold due to restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
£60 for a block booking of 8 sessions.
What to bring and wear?
a mat to lie on
a cushion to support your head when lying down
blanket/shawl/thick socks to ensure you are warm and comfortable
layered unrestrictive clothing is recommended, in case the room is too chilly or warm for you
a pen and journal (optional)