What is Mindfulness?
Five week course
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Open to all
Mindfulness practice is a simple yet practical means of maintaining greater tranquillity, equanimity, clarity and calmness. It provides a means for dealing more harmoniously with the ups and downs of day to day life – at home, at work, in personal relationships, in all aspects of life - in the face of whatever life may bring your way.
It can be helpful in:
relieving current discomforts – headaches, tension, digestive disturbances, aches and pains
settling mental and emotional disturbances – irritability, anxiety, depression, frustration, agitation, turmoil, pressure, stress
helping with insomnia, tiredness, low energy, and exhaustion
enhancing day to day mood
changing the way in which you relate to the world around you
clearing past traumas and tensions
improving underlying health and long term health issues
bringing a greater sense of integration
establishing a calmer, clearer, healthier, more contented perspective on life
Mindfulness is a valuable resource for anyone and everyone to develop.
For therapists and trainee therapists, it is particularly significant, as it can be fundamental in establishing a therapeutic practitioner presence, developing the clarity to respond appropriately and with empathy to each patient whatever their situation, and providing the calmness and equanimity to maintain your own grounding and balance under all circumstances.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness can be defined as an attentive non-judgemental awareness of the reality of things as they are in the present moment. It involves maintaining a calm awareness of one’s body, mind, and feelings, in which each thought, feeling or sensation that arises is acknowledged and accepted as it is.
The practice of Mindfulness involves two principal components:
focussing the attention - primarily through attention to the breath
developing an appropriate response to one’s experience in the present moment - open, non-judgemental, non-reactive, accepting
Through regular practice, this can enable the development of new ways of responding to life, which can in turn permeate all aspects of your life with greater harmony and tranquillity.
Mindfulness derives from the Buddhist tradition, from a meditation technique devised by the Buddha 2500 yrs ago, and practised by many generations throughout the centuries, with huge benefits. In one of its most popular forms, it has developed from the U Ba Khin school of meditation as taught by S N Goenka in 10 day Vipassana retreats.
In recent decades, the practice of Mindfulness has become a significant element in modern psychological therapies, where it is used to relieve a variety of mental and psychological conditions.
Despite its origins in Buddhism, it is often taught independently of religious or cultural associations. It transcends religious and cultural boundaries. It is a practical means of dealing harmoniously with everyday life and can be practised by anyone.
Use in psychological therapy:
As a psychological therapy, it has been used increasingly since the 1970s in hospitals and medical centres, and has brought benefit to millions of people around the world.
Research projects have demonstrated its effectiveness in treating anxiety, depression, stress, and chronic pain. It is used in different forms including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is approved by NICE - the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence.
Mindfulness has also been used for a variety of emotional disturbances, for high blood pressure, drug addiction, cancer, and chronic pain. It is used in business to enhance productivity. It is used in schools to assist learning. Most of all it can be used in everyday life to reduce emotional turmoil, anger, agitation, worry, fear, to clear past trauma, to maintain a calmer, more harmonious response to day to day life, and to develop a more peaceful mind, greater tranquillity and an overall sense of wellbeing.
For Cranio-Sacral Therapists:
As a Cranio-Sacral Therapist, it can bring a vast array of benefits, both for you as a practitioner and for your patients. As a therapist, it can be fundamental in developing your own therapeutic presence as a practitioner, for maintaining your grounding and stability under all circumstances, and for moving forward with your own process.
It also provides a resource which can be introduced to patients for the many benefits that it can bring to them, supporting and enhancing your treatment and providing them with a means of supporting progress in their own personal process.
Thomas has been engaged in various forms of meditation for over 40 years. He has been practising Vipassana meditation (the form from which Mindfulness has derived) for over 35 years, and has been incorporating Mindfulness into his teaching at the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy since its inception 31 years ago - the first Cranio-Sacral training with a basis in Mindfulness. Mindfulness provides a crucial and invaluable foundation throughout the whole CCST training.
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