Shropshire Mindfulness

Shropshire Mindfulness

Mindfulness for individuals

Mindfulness uncovers moments of joy and clarity through awareness leading to manageable change.

Maybe someone has suggested mindfulness, or you have watched or read about the benefits somewhere.  You might have tried meditation before, or even have already done a course and want to take it further. Whatever has brought you here, a massive welcome to you and I hope you find what you are looking for. 

Mindfulness brings us back to our current experience through drawing our attention to the connections between our bodies, feelings and thoughts. Like all skills, it is something that requires time and practice to have an impact. There is plenty of well-documented research to show how beneficial it is for individuals to learn mindfulness.  For example, sleeping better, being able to focus and concentrate, managing stress better, making wiser choices for self-care and feeling more enthusiasm for life.  The best way to learn is to take a proper course with a qualified mindfulness teacher.

I offer several different types of mindfulness courses throughout the year.

All these courses are tried and tested ways of developing a mindfulness approach to life, and you can read about the different courses below to see which is more suited to you.  Email or book a call with me for more information.

I also offer mindful mentoring online for people who prefer learning in a one-to-one setting.

If you would like to learn more please do get in touch.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the original, gold standard programme developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, over 40 years ago. It was the starting point for using secular mindfulness to manage stress-related conditions and spawned the numerous types of mindfulness-based programmes and research findings we have today. 

MBSR is taught in an experiential way which combines learning different mindfulness practices integrated with regular opportunities to reflect during stillness, movement, and everyday life. The connections we make through self-awareness and inner understanding, help us recognise the patterns that may be having a negative impact on our life experiences. This insight directs us to live more fully in the present, which helps improve our wellbeing and quality of life. 
The course is suitable for adults who wish to develop skills to enrich their approach to life in the present moment. MBSR can be taught weekly online, over eight sessions with an extra in-person day of practice or over five full in person days, spread over a few months. There is an accompanying booklet and audio tracks to enable a daily home practice session during the course. The course is also a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to train to teach mindfulness to adults. 

Living in the Present

Living in the Present is a new style of mindfulness course for adults which introduces mindfulness and well-being. It is based around seven themes and encourages a lighter, more playful way into developing mindfulness in the midst of our everyday lives.

There is no expectation of doing long, formal home practices between the weekly sessions. Therefore this approach might be better if you don’t have much spare time at home or if you have done a more traditional course and want to reconnect with mindfulness in a different way.

Many people doing this course find they develop a deeper understanding of what they need to do to create more balance in their lives. This approach means that mindfulness doesn’t become another daily chore on the “to do” list. Instead we’re encouraged to discover of moments of joy and clarity, through awareness. In turn this can lead to manageable change.
The themed structure of the course is immensely adaptable and versatile to any group and format.

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy for life (MBCTfL)

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy for life (MBCTfL) or the Mindfulness for Life, was developed by researchers at Oxford University Mindfulness Foundation. It is a general mindfulness-based wellbeing course for adults.  It is a structured course which combines learning mindfulness and compassion practices and cognitive-behavioural approaches, in an accessible way. 

It invites us to reflect on the effects of bringing mindful attention to ourselves during everyday life in a weekly session lasting up to two and a half hours over eight weeks. You will be provided with a workbook and access to audio tracks for home practice. It is recommended that you aim to do up to 40 minutes a day throughout the course.

When not to learn mindfulness:

In some situations it is not recommended to learn mindfulness or other forms of inward-focusing activities, such as meditation.  Some examples of possible contra-indications are: active or unresolved trauma, significant emotional upheaval (through recent bereavement, for example), active addiction, major on-going depression or psychiatric episode, current treatment for a major health issue etc.  Everyone is different and so it is always best to talk to your doctor before starting anything new.  Mindfulness is not therapy, it is about learning skills to support you to develop a new approach to life.  Mindfulness has been proven to be beneficial to positive mental health and well-being. Please contact me if you are unsure, and I can give you more detail about what each course entails. 

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