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MINDFULNESS FAQs

What is your training?

We qualify to teach 8-week courses in:

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

 

Is mindfulness backed up by scientific research?

Yes, research shows that mindfulness practice can be beneficial in many ways.

 

How will mindfulness help improve my future wellbeing?

You will be able to handle thoughts and feelings to greater effect. This allows us to become more effective in our daily lives. And more open and understanding in our relationships. By letting go of negative thoughts we can appreciate what is most important to us and enjoy life to the full.

What can I expect from a mindfulness course?

We will invite you to explore awareness in the present moment. Particularly noticing sensations in the body and feelings and thoughts. You will learn to recognise patterns of thought that lead to stress. And also to notice positive aspects of our lives that we sometimes miss. The course is practical in approach. We use short exercises and meditations, discussion and inquiry into experience.

 

What is the expectation for Home Practice?

We ask you to engage with home practice for half an hour to an hour for six days a week during the course where possible. This includes using guided meditations, brief 'informal' exercises and writing your responses. The fruits of your efforts may take time to develop. We ask you to approach home practice with patience and persistence. Home practice is important to gain most from the course.

 

Who may attend our courses?

Our courses are suitable for anyone experiencing everyday stress, anxiety or low moods. They provide practical skills to help you stay well and prevent future occurrences.

 

What if I experience difficulties during the course?

In developing mindfulness, life becomes more vivid. We see what is good in our lives and what is difficult. Looking at life’s difficulties is an essential part of the course. We learn to face these difficulties in ways that are kind and gentle and that do not increase distress.

Are there any reasons for not doing an 8-week mindfulness course right now?

Our courses may not always be suitable. We are meditation specialists, not medical professionals. We cannot offer medical help, advice or therapy. The points below will offer guidance but please discuss any issues that concern you with us.

  • Strong current depression. You may not be able to find the motivation to attend classes and manage the home practice. Our courses are not suitable for those with complex psychological conditions. These include, for example, psychosis or borderline personality disorders.

  • Unusual stresses in your life. These might include a new job, starting a family, moving house or medical procedures. Be aware that the course itself is an added demand on your time and could become a source of stress.

  • Dependence on alcohol or recreational drugs. These may affect your ability to engage with the course.

  • Recent or unprocessed traumatic experiences. Such as bereavement, divorce, or abuse. Please discuss with us if you feel concerned.

  • Other commitments on your time. Such as work or holidays that may affect your ability to attend. We understand that this may be unavoidable on occasions and will try to work with you. Please let us know in advance where possible.
     

What's the difference between MBSR and MBCT?

Much of the content of both courses is the same. But, MBSR has a greater emphasis on reducing stress. MBCT developed from the MBSR course and includes extra techniques. These help prevent relapse into anxiety, low mood and depression. ​

 

Should I do an 8-week course while having therapy?

It can be helpful to learn mindfulness while undergoing counselling or therapy. The approaches are different but complementary. Talk to your therapist or counsellor before joining a course to ensure they are on board. If in doubt, we recommend you consult your GP.

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