WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness means becoming aware of our moment by moment experience whatever that might be.
Mindfulness enables us to attend in a gentle and kind way to our thoughts, feelings and physical body as a way of coming to know our self and our experience in any situation.
Mindfulness practice is basically a way of living our life fully and with a certain attitude of care and kindness. We can bring awareness and care to our daily activities rather than living on ‘autopilot’ in which we miss chunks of the day or we get caught up with our mind stuck in the past or worrying about the future.
Mindfulness develops our capacity to look inward to the wisdom of our being and has the potential to improve the quality of our life. Mindfulness develops and deepens over time as we practise; it requires effort and commitment on our part, just as with learning any new skill. A mindfulness 8-week course with a qualified teacher helps to embed the practice in.
WHAT IS MBSR?
MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) is a training in mindfulness and includes some gentle yoga, mindful movements and meditation. MBSR is taught over an 8-week Programme of around 2 and quarter hours with a full day of practise between week 6 and 7. A preliminary orientation session is usually offered to explain more about what to expect from the course and to ensure the course is right for you. During the course mindfulness will be encouraged in daily activity such as walking and eating. The formal meditation practices will involve focussing our attention deliberately on the breath for example. There will be opportunities to discuss these practices in the session and you will be asked to commit to around 30 minutes of ‘home practice’ throughout the course.
MBSR is being taught throughout the world by a range of professionals and in a variety of settings including in schools and universities, in health care and hospitals, in prisons, in the workplace and in parliament to help individuals cope with busy schedules, never ending demands and increasing stress wherever we are.
MBSR plays a supportive role in helping us cope with life’s complexities and stresses using our own resources. The course cannot eradicate our stressful situations; however, a key part of the course is seeing that we can look at stressful events or conditions in a different way. Since Jon Kabat Zinn launched MBSR in his clinic in Massachusetts in 1979 research has shown that MBSR is helpful in alleviating symptoms and psychological distress from a range of conditions including chronic pain, cardiovascular diseases, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety, sleep disorders and the list is growing as new research is being conducted.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ELIZABETH UPWARD
“I first came to mindfulness through my practise and teaching of Yoga over 15 years ago. I discovered how yoga and meditation was useful in helping me to cope with the challenges of my life and spent 8 years teaching and sharing Yoga practice in North Cornwall. Currently I am studying on a Master’s Programme at Bangor where I am learning about the neuroscientific benefits of practising mindfulness and understanding how mindfulness integrates a scientific approach with ancient knowledge and philosophy. The beauty of mindfulness is that it is secular, anyone can practise it; essentially, we already possess this inherent quality, we just need a little help to tap into this inner resource and cultivate it.
In my free time I enjoy swimming in the waters off Cornwall, cycling on the Camel trail and taking walks along the beautiful coast path. Mindfulness has helped me to appreciate and savour those moments in and around the beautiful Cornish landscape.
I trained to teach MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) with Exeter University and I also offer Mindfulness through my work as a group intervention to individuals experiencing a range of different symptoms including stress, anxiety and pain. As a Mindfulness Teacher I adhere to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses.” – Elizabeth.
IMPORTANT DETAILS ABOUT THE COURSE
There will be an Orientation which is free to attend on SATURDAY 12th January.
Session 1 will be 2 weeks later on SATURDAY 26th January.
Thereafter we will meet on a SUNDAY morning:
Session 2: 3rd February
Session 3: 10th February
Session 4: 17th February
Session 5: 24th February
Session 6: 3rd March
All day session: 10th March 10:00am – 4:00pm
Break: 17th March
Session 7: 24th March
Session 8: 31st March
£210 and includes all 9 sessions, a course handbook and support between sessions if needed. The cost for the all-day session on March 10th will be £20.
Please contact Elizabeth directly to book onto the course and feel free to contact her with any questions you have about the course.
PH: 07813 814022