"Go inside and listen to your body because your body will never lie to you. Your mind will play tricks, but the way you feel in your heart, in your guts, is the truth". Don Miguel Ruiz
MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION (MBSR) The MBSR programme is considered Gold Standard in reducing physical, mentaland emotionalstress. Ultimately, for me, this programme reduces stress by offering us a way to 'come home' to ourselves or as Emily McDowell says we can rekindle "A remembering of who you were before the world got its hands on you"
Designed as an eight week programme, MBSR ishighlypractical and supportive throughout. MBSR is evidence based and is especially designedto incorporate Mindfulnessinto your daily life straight away. Each week hasbeen carefully crafted tobuild on the previous week and bring more aspectsof Mindful Living in yourdaily life, so you can truly benefit as the weeks go by.
Mindfulness Begins in the Body Each week we come intoFormalMindfulness and Informal Mindfulness.
Formal Mindfulness simply means we intentionally stop and take time out to meditate. Over the eight weeks different meditations are explored and it's highly recommended to practice these at home between classes. With several differentmeditations onoffer, over time, participants often settle onmeditations that suitthem personally.
Informal Mindfulness iswhen we explore our everyday experiences through the filter of Mindfulness. For example,Mindful Eating, MindfulListening, Mindful Communication, Mindful Movement and others. We explore our stress reactions vs responding and wethen explore these practices between classes.This gives us anopportunity to build on our personal practice and become fully present during everyday tasks. As this builds, the embodied experience of being in the moment, fully present during our daily life fosters awareness of the true value of Mindfulness in bringing us home to ourselves. Then it becomes easier and makes more sense to be awake and aware during more challenging times, without any expectations of what that might look like. Accepting the present moment gives us a platform for action or non-action in the next moment. Having the structure of the eight weeks also meansthere is plenty of time for feedback and input.
Themes: This programme was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and works within specific guidelines. Below are the themes we cover each week.
Week 1 Simple Awareness Week 2 Perception and Responding Week 3 Cultivating the Art of being Present Week 4 Effective ways of Responding to Stress Week 5 Acceptance, allowing, letting be and what that means Week 6 Don’t believe everything you think/communication Week 7 Mindfulness and Compassion Week 8 Conclusion and Developing your own practice going forward
Day of Integration: This is a day of silence where we integrate Mindfulness Practices learned, this typically takes place on Saturday or Sunday, between week 6/7 or 7/8.
The MBSR Programme, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at The University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, is highly valued andrecommended by healthcare professionals worldwide,providing techniques forself-care in health, self-compassion and self-empowerment, while being a gentleand caring process at its core.
MBSR is a lifelong giftfor both yourself and those close to you. If you are interested inknowing more about this course and wouldlike to avail of afree 15 minute phone conversationcontact me and I am happy for us to talk further.
Dates: Tuesday 14th September - Tuesday 9th November. Time: 7pm - 9pm each evening. (26th October is school half-term and there will be no session on that date) There is an integration day on Sunday 7th November from 10am to 3pm.
Classes will be on Zoom (with the possibility of in house training also, depending on Covid19 restrictions.)
This programme may be used for Continued Professional Development and is a pre-requisite for those wishing to go on and teach Mindfulness.
To really benefit from this programme, there is a level of commitment required and reading the course description is recommended. If you have any questions you are happily invited to a free 15 minute phone conversation by arrangement. Teachers and others employees may include this programme as part of your Professional Development Hours (depending on your employer.)