What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being fully aware of what’s here right now.
It is developed by purposefully paying attention to what is going on in your mind, body and world around you in the present moment, without judgement. This can help you to experience things with a fresh perspective – and enable you to make wise choices and take skillful actions – leading to new possibilities which better support your health and well-being,
What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
The world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is a structured, secular approach to embedding mindfulness into our daily lives.
It is scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety and it will also help you:
- Learn to cope more effectively with what life throws at you.
- Avoid getting caught up in worry about the past or future.
- Respond as opposed to react, which opens up new possibilities.
- Bring acceptance and kindness towards yourself.
- Find balance and a sense of peace.
- Live life well – with focus, calm and clarity.
Most people completing the MBSR course report many lasting physical and psychological benefits and also gain skills to help them deal with:
- High blood pressure
- Chronic pain
- Anxiety and panic
- Fatigue and sleep problems
However, it is not necessary to have a specific health issue – or even to feel particularly stressed – to benefit from MBSR. Whatever your life situation, MBSR offers new ways to take care of yourself and deal effectively with whatever arises, so you can live a fuller and healthier life.
Completing an 8 week MBSR course is also a pre-requisite for other mindfulness training, including teacher training for MBSR and Mindful Self-Compassion.
“Live Well with Mindfulness”
Our Be … Naturally “Live Well with Mindfulness” course follows the original MBSR framework created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970’s, which has successfully helped many thousands of people to manage their physical and emotional pain and improve their well-being.
Throughout the course you will learn new ways to handle challenging physical sensations, feelings, moods or social interactions – and apply these mindful skills and approaches to enhance daily life. So, even when you can’t change what life brings you, you CAN choose how to best respond to it.
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Sessions take place in a safe, relaxed and friendly setting – giving space for your mindfulness practice to gently unfold and grow. The course is led by Jayne Dunsbee, who trained to deliver MBSR at Bangor University and follows the UK Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers. She is supported by Julie Wraight, who has completed an MBSR course and also Mindful Self Compassion teacher training.
The interactive weekly sessions include guided mindfulness meditation practices, gentle movement, group discussion and exploration as well as instructions for home practice. The Retreat Day will enable you to experience a whole day of mindfulness through guided practices and periods of silence. We will provide all course materials – including notes to accompany each weekly session as well as worksheets and online guided audio mindfulness practices.
Details of further courses will be announced soon.