Mindfulness is described as the awareness which arises through paying attention to the present moment without judgment (Kabat-Zinn, 2013).
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction(MBSR):
Designed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the MBSR program was introduced at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979 to assist patients with chronic medical conditions, to manage mental and physical pain.To this end, different forms of formal and informal meditation are practiced over an 8 week period within a structured two and a half hour, group format. These practices encourage the observation of inner and external experiences in a non-judging, non-reacting and accepting way. This present- centred, compassionate attention has the potential to change the way the participant responds to themselves and to others.
Both the original MBSR program and its adaptation as mindfulness-based interventions (MBI) have been utilised worldwide and researched scientifically for inclusion in treatment with varied physical and mental conditions. These include: chronic pain, depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, cancer, heart disease and insomnia.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT):
MBCT was co-developed by Professors Mark Williams (Oxford), Zindel Segal (Toronto) and John Teasdale (Cambridge) for individuals at risk from depressive relapse. The success of this 8 week therapeutic programme with clinical populations in preventing depression has led to its recommendation by the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
Mindfulness: Finding Peace Programme
Professor Mark Williams and Danny Penman have adapted some of the MBCT practices for non-clinical populations as a self-help resource in ‘Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World’. Incorporated into daily life, the simple and effective practices can help to change the way one reacts to life’s stress, anxiety and unhappiness. With continued practice this mental skills training can contribute to an increased sense of happiness, joy and resilience.
Trained at Oxford Mindfulness Centre by Chris Cullen in the offering of this resource in non-clinical settings, I offer an 8 week practical programme: ‘An Introduction to Mindfulness: Finding Peace’.
- Individual sessions
- Group sessions
-'Pause to Explore Mindfulness': an information and experiential session
- 4 week: ‘Minding Stress for Students & Young Adults’ Programme
- 8 week: ' An Introduction to Mindfulness: Finding Peace' Programme
Minding Stress for Students & Young Adults’ Programme:
Research has shown the practice of mindfulness to be an acceptable and non-stigmatising approach to reducing stress and increasing feelings of well-being in both educators and scholars. But, time constraints may prevent participation in longer stress reduction programmes. ‘Minding Stress for Students’ is a 4 week MBI which I offer for students and young adults. It evolved from my work as a teacher, lecturer and counsellor within secondary and tertiary education environments. The course includes skills, tools and information about stress.
I have been disconnected to myself for so long that I had even forgotten the things that make me happy...but that is changing now I'm learning to focus on the present me more and less on the worries and fears or regrets even.
It’s so useful to know it’s not just me. I’ve been focusing on the breath to become calm and centred. I have noticed that I generally feel more calm and peaceful in day to day life.
Thank you so much for an incredible learning experience!