Mindfulness is the ability to concentrate your focus and be present in the moment, finding calmness in the whirl of a busy life in order to see the challenges and goals that lie ahead and deal with the, creatively and clearly.
The mind is already geared to use mindfulness techniques in this way, and our sessions work by opening your mind to these processes, helping you to recognise and cultivate that aspect of the mind even further.
Being mindful allows us understand our life and our emotions in a way that life, with its external challenges and frustrations, makes difficult. These external demands on our mental awareness turn up the noise in our already busy and inattentive mind, to the point where we find it impossible to simply stop and take a breath.
Mindfulness is the basis for all higher mental processes and abilities, including concentration, creativity and focus.
Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy is a programme that develops these skills and reduces stress and anxiety and which has been widely approved by the international medical community. It teaches greater awareness of our thoughts, feelings and sensations through simple techniques like meditation and gentle awareness of the body.
How MBCT can help
A great deal of research in this field has shown that meditation has significant and measurable positive effects on the mind and the body in all aspects of our lives.
Our relationships, family, work, health, education, relaxation, creativity and art can all be positively influenced by mindfulness practice, which allows us to access our intuitive wisdom.
Our MBCT sessions offer training to:
stay in touch with the present moment and be less caught up in negative thought patterns
develop more helpful responses to stress
use simple meditation techniques, including sitting meditation exercises such as mindfulness and breathing, body scan and yoga and discussing the inner workings of our mind with CBT.
With years of experience of meditation practice and a commitment to making the benefits of mindfulness more widely known and experienced, our expert coach Debbie can help you to bring order and understanding to your busy life.