What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness, which is a special way of paying attention, is often described as the cultivation of present moment awareness with acceptance instead of judgement. Also referred to as “mindful awareness,” it’s about noticing what we’re doing while we’re doing it, what we’re thinking when we’re thinking it, and how we’re feeling while we’re feeling it. With practice and intention, we deepen our innate capacities of awareness and compassion. We come to notice things and learn to hold them (and ourselves) with a kindness, curiosity and openness that’s not available to us when we’re unaware.
Is mindfulness easy to learn and put into practice?
It is relatively easy to learn how to be mindful, but it needs quite a lot of practice to be able to stay mindful much of the time. Mindfulness is developed through a series of simple practices that help us to become aware of what is happening to us. Over time we learn to see what is actually happening and to develop the ability to choose how we respond instead of what often is an automatic reaction. It takes practice and so needs a degree of patience and time to develop.
I understand that mindfulness comes from the Buddhist tradition. I am uncomfortable about the ‘spiritual’ aspects of the course
The course is completely secular: there is no religious element whatsoever.
How will I know if the course is right for me?
If you are unsure, I suggest that first of all you talk things through with me. Call me on 07902718957 or drop me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org