Mindfulness means being aware of what’s happening in your body and mind, and in the world around you, now, as it happens.
This increased awareness brings many benefits, and has been proven in scientific trials to reduce stress, pain, anxiety, irritability, exhaustion and burnout. Mindfulness improves physical functioning, wellbeing and creativity.
Sheila Bond of Living Well Mindfulness runs a variety of mindfulness courses: Mindfulness for Stress, Mindfulness for Pain, Health and Wellbeing and Mindfulness for Cancer and offers 1:1 Mindfulness Coaching. Now you can also benefit from a new weekly drop-in Mindful Meditation group.
How does Mindfulness work?
Mindfulness skills help you remain steady and grounded through life’s ups and downs. There are two key principles which underlie all aspects of mindfulness and run through the mindfulness courses:
- You will learn to live in the present moment and breathe into your experience, rather than tensing against it.
- You will learn to respond rather than react to your life’s circumstances
What happens in a Mindfulness Course?
Our courses introduce mindfulness in a structured way so that over a few weeks you are able to build up a range of mindfulness tools to help reduce your stress and suffering and improve your wellbeing.
During the course you will be introduced to seven different mindfulness meditations that build progressively on one another. These are all about 10 minutes long. They will vary according to which course you are taking, but will include most of the following?
1. Body Scan Meditation
2. Breathing Anchor Meditation
3. Mindful Movement Meditation
4. Acceptance and Self-Compassion Meditation
5. The Treasure of Pleasure Meditation
6. Open Heart Meditation
7. Connection Meditation
There will also be some Mindful Movement, a gentle form of movement suitable for everyone.
You will be introduced each week to a new Mindfulness in Daily Life practice. These are designed to help you to learn mindfulness and to make it meaningful for you.
To get most benefit from the course, you will need to practise at home between classes. You will have a set of CDs and a workbook to help you.
What conditions can Mindfulness help with?
Mindfulness for Stress can help if you are experiencing stress due to work, family, relationships, bereavement or other factors beyond your control. It can also help if you want to learn strategies to deal with the general complexity and pace of modern life.
Mindfulness for Pain Relief, Health and Wellbeing can help if you suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis or back pain. It can help if you have a long-term health condition like multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons or chronic fatigue syndrome/ME. It can also help those seeking chronic pain management.
Mindfulness for Cancer can help if you have a diagnosis of cancer. Generally, the best time to start to learn mindfulness is when you have completed your radical treatment ie surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Living Well Mindfulness runs 8 week courses. Each session last 2 ½ hours, with a break in the middle. The course is designed to teach you the basics of mindfulness and at the end of the course you will have learned a broad range of mindfulness practices.
Courses cost £220 for the 8 sessions, + £20 for materials, which includes a course workbook and set of audio CDs or MP3 downloads.
1:1 sessions cost £60 for one hour.
NEW: Mindfulness Meditation weekly group classes £10 per session. Click here for more information >>
See Sheila’s website for up to date information: www.livingwellmindfulness.com