Mindfulness is the practice of being calm and alert and fully present in each moment – it requires concentration and compassion and leads to a sense of joyful serenity.
A variety of mindfulness exercises can be used to help build an effective meditation practice until it becomes a way of life. We are then able to choose how we respond to the stress generated by our overactive minds and emotions.
Why does Mindfulness work?
In a nutshell, Mindfulness changes the hormones secreted by our bodies – we shift from stressful adrenaline to nourishing endorphins. This shift occurs when we concentrate our mind on the sensory experience of each moment and our brains no longer register that we are at risk or under threat. Simple huh!
“I found it very hard to deal with the constant pain from my broken back and was very irritable and depressed. Mindfulness with Jane has taught me how to accept the pain instead of resisting it, this has actually reduced the feelings of pain and suffering. My life now seems to be more balanced, I feel kinder to myself and others. The pain will always be there but it is now in the background, it no longer dominates my life and emotions.” I.T.
Introduction to mindfulness course
There are eight hour-long ‘Introduction to mindfulness’ sessions. The sessions enable you to gradually develop and build an effective mindfulness practice which leads to a lasting sense of well-being.
- Session 1. Automatic vs conscious. Foundation building.
- Session 2. Non judgement. Thinking mind vs sensing mind.
- Session 3. Early warning techniques.
- Session 4. Over thinking and de-centralising.
- Session 5.Exploring and embracing challenges.
- Session 6.Compassionate meditation to dissipate negative thinking.
- Session 7. Choosing to nourish yourself. Building resilience.
- Session 8. Mindfulness in daily life.
Meditation and mindfulness are a way of life and to be effective require practice between sessions.
Introduction to Mindfulness 1 hour sessions cost £10 per session with a deposit of half the full course payment (£40) payable in advance.
Courses can also be set up by you in the comfort of your own home for £40 per hour (up to 6 people) or as 1-1 sessions. Book course