What’s a Mindfulness for Stress course?

The eight-week Mindfulness for Stress course is for anyone who is experiencing difficulties living with the demands of life and wants to find a way to deal with them differently. These difficulties may be due to stress or chronic illness.

Mindfulness is developed by purposefully paying attention in a non-judgmental way to your experience of your body, your mind and the world around you. Mindfulness is about being awake and aware and living in the present, rather than dwelling in the past or anticipating the future.

Staying in touch with the present in this way, from one moment to the next, may lead you to experience yourself differently, perhaps feeling less stuck, or recognising more strength, balance and confidence in yourself. Most people completing the programme report lasting physical and psychological benefits including:

  • Greater self-confidence and more acceptance of life as it is.
  • An increased ability to cope effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.
  • An increased ability to relax and experience calm.
  • More energy, enthusiasm and appreciation for life.

 What does the course involve?

One or two (depending on the size of the group) experienced teachers will teach you in a group of up to 15. The course consists of 8 evening sessions of 2.5 hrs and one day or half-day of practice. There will also be daily home practice of 30 – 40 minutes. You will be provided with CDs to help you with your home practice.

Getting the most out of the course will require some work on your part. It requires a strong commitment to work on yourself through a gentle but rigorous daily discipline of meditation and movement practice. Making the commitment to devote the time needed for this personal exploration can feel difficult, but most people consider it worthwhile.

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