Mindfulness and its benefits:
Research has shown that humans spend approximately 50% of their waking lives on “autopilot”. We are lost in thought and our minds wander, perhaps worrying, thinking, planning or daydreaming. We don’t need to pay attention whilst we carry out everyday tasks like cleaning our teeth or taking a shower so we are often elsewhere, thinking. But being “in our heads” for half our time means that, not only are we missing out on what is actually happening, but we also are prone to allowing thoughts to dominate, causing stress, making us anxious or losing focus and concentration.
Mindfulness uses secular meditation practices, which can help to relieve stress and anxiety, enable people to feel present in their lives and improve focus and concentration as well as quality of sleep. It enables us to relate differently to things that cause stress – thoughts, pain, sleeplessness – and to manage our emotional responses more effectively.
The 8 Week Course The 8-week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) course was developed at MIT by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The MBSR course is taught all over the world, and scientifically proven to help people cope better with stress, depression and anxiety. This eight-week life-skills course combines experiential mindfulness practices with the latest tools and techniques of neuroscience, psychology and the study of well-being. We also offer the course or mindfulness sessions on a one to one basis as well as working with businesses for staff well being.