Individual Mindfulness Training

 

"Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious.
Have a cup of tea and rejoice.
Act as if armistice has already arrived.

Don’t wait a minute."   Judyth Hill

Mindfulness, sati, is the keen and sustained awareness of what is happening inside and outside of me. It includes my body, sensations, emotions, thoughts and how I am behaving. It also includes my environment and interactions with other people.

 

Most of us start off with the idea that mindfulness is about finding a relaxed state we can take a rest in, a place where we can take timeout from our stressful life. While there is an element of truth about this it is not entirely true.

 

Mindfulness has two aspects to it. The first is that through sustained concentration our mind begins to calm. The second is that having a calm mind enables us to see more clearly what is happening within and around us. When we bring these two together it helps us develop an acceptance that ends the conflict within ourselves and enables making wiser and kinder choices. Reactivity becomes more frequently response. Fearful contraction exchanged for generosity, openness and expansion.

A key element of this particular mindfulness training is working with our emotions. How can I be present with experiences that hurt me and fully appreciate the joys?

The Course

I have provided a one to one mindfulness training course for many years based on the eight week MBCT/MBSR courses that we taught of over thirteen years in Bath and Bristol. However, these seems to have transformed themselves into something less formal - a series of meetings that can adapt to needs of each person. Sometime more, sometimes less.

So this is what it might look like:

  • A free initial conversation to make sure it is the right course at the right time for you. There is no commitment at this point.

  • A 50 minute meeting once a week for a few weeks during which you will be taught how to practice mindfulness and then less regularly as the process of integrating it into your life unfolds.

  • Guided meditation downloads on mindfulness of our body sensations, breathing and emotions.

Who is the course for?

Learning to practice mindfulness alone can be more challenging and if your day is already full of demanding activities establishing a time each day to practice mindfulness meditation can be difficult. For this reason I offer an informal conversation before you commit to this course just to make sure it will really fit your requirements. There is no fee for this.

How much does it cost?

The fee is £50 for each session. But let me know if this is difficult as occasionally reduced fee spaces are available.

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