Mindfulness is about learning to pay attention to our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, the body and the world around us – an awareness of “present experience with acceptance” (Germer et al, 2005).
Participants are taught to observe their habitual automatic and unhelpful cognitive reactions while at the same time learning to interact with their thoughts and emotions in a less judgemental and more compassionate way. Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily living to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.
In MBCT programmes, participants meet together as a class (8 participants) 2.5 hours per week for eight weeks, plus one full day session between weeks 5 and 7. We start by developing an awareness of what is happening in our experience. We do this through mindfulness practices such as the body scan, mindful yoga, sitting meditation and being mindful of other activities such as walking or eating. We learn how to be with our experience as it is, instead of pushing away unwanted thoughts, emotions or other experiences.
The main “work” is done at home between classes. There is a set of CDs to accompany the programme, notes and a copy of Mindfulness a Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman. In the classes, there is an opportunity to talk about your experiences with the home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise and how to deal with them skilfully.
Over the eight weeks of the program, the practices help you:
Research shows that Mindfulness is enormously empowering for clients with chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, cancer and gastrointestinal disorders, as well as for psychological problems such as anxiety, panic, stress and relapse prevention for clients in remission from depression or recovery from addiction.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was designed specifically to help people who are prone to recurring depression and low mood. Course commences Tuesday, 11th June from 10.30am to 1.00pm for eight Tuesday mornings (until Tuesday, 30th July) and includes one full day of practice.
Cost of training: €295 includes CDs, course notes, Mindfulness a Practice Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, and 24 hours of mindfulness-based training, day of retreat and individual consultation with the trainer
“It has greatly exceeded my expectations having done mindfulness before. I feel that anything I was doing before is now completely strengthened and improved by this experience. It was a pleasure to be a part of this course and I am accrediting the course to my contentment and improving happiness”. Participant on MBSR/MBCT, June, 2014.