What we offer

8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme:

 

MBSR is a blend of meditation, body awareness, and mindful movement: learning through practice how your body handles,

and can resolve, stress.

 

The MBSR course originated in 1979 with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the Center for Mindfulness

at UMassMemorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Other offerings

One-to-one awareness coaching

I am available for one hour coaching sessions that will introduce you to mindfulness and give you an oasis of calm in your busy life.  I can also do this with a group of friends or family if that is preferred.

 

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What will taking an MBSR programme do for me?

Through this MBSR course, you will learn skills that can increase
your ability to:

• Cope with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life

• Deal with disturbing events with grace and composure

• Be fully present and alive in this moment

While MBSR is not a "cure" for serious medical conditions and should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment, research indicates that mindfulness training can have a significant therapeutic effect for those experiencing stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, migraines, heart conditions, diabetes and other ailments. In addition, participants typically report feeling more alive, more "in-tune" with themselves and others.

 

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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 surf by reading a book about surfboards and waves, 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, to do this course effectively, you will be expected to attempt  at least 30 minutes a day for 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? Previous participants have said that after a few weeks of practice, although their 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.

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