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Introduction to 6 Week Mindfulness Group

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Introduction to 6 Week Mindfulness Group

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, in a non-judgemental way.

Mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment and this may sound easy however, our minds naturally wander off in thoughts, images and daydreams all the time, and sometimes we can be ‘miles away’ before we realise it.

The second part of the definition ‘non-judgmentally’ is also important. Very often we are constantly judging, comparing, arguing with or trying to change our experiences. Mindfulness helps us to relate to ourselves and our experiences in an enquiring way, with kindness, openness, and acceptance.

Mindfulness originates from Eastern spiritual traditions such as Zen Buddhism. More recently, people have adapted some of the principles and practises of these traditions to establish Mindfulness as a therapeutic approach. In this form and as it is delivered on the 6 week programme, it does not have any spiritual or religious links and can be practised by anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs.

Mindfulness originates from Eastern spiritual traditions such as Zen Buddhism. More recently, people have adapted some of the principles and practises of these traditions to establish Mindfulness as a therapeutic approach. In this form and as it is delivered on the 6 week programme, it does not have any spiritual or religious links and can be practised by anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs.

Mindfulness can help you become more aware of where your mind is going such as rumination and worrying. It can help you to gain a new perspective on patterns of thinking and feeling that impact your mood and functioning. Mindfulness teaches us to respond wisely to experiences, rather than reacting in old habitual and unhelpful ways. Mindfulness is known to help with a range of physical and psychological problems including, anxiety, anger, depression, pain and tinnitus.

Mindfulness is a skill which requires careful cultivation and practice. It involves spending time in periods of ‘focused awareness’ also known as ‘meditation’. You will be provided with handout material and ‘homework’ sheets and practices to complete over the 6 week programme. There will be an opportunity to explore any reflections, benefits experienced or difficulties faced during the following group session. However, there is no pressure to report back to the group.

There are some parallels however Mindfulness is not the same as relaxation. Exactly why not should become clearer over the course of the programme, the important point is that mindfulness is not about ‘switching off’ but staying present and attentive. Sometimes, mindfulness meditations can be relaxing; this should be thought of as an added bonus, not the main aim of the exercises. In Mindfulness, we seek to approach exercises with an open mind, without aiming for a particular destination or result.

Some people find the principles and practises of Mindfulness immediately appealing. Others may be more dubious. For some, the idea of sitting with and attending to whatever is going on in their mind and body might sound odd, unappealing, or even anxiety-provoking.

If you feel you could benefit from attending a an Introduction to Mindfulness Group please complete the form below.

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