Now more than ever in this Covid-era, the ability to develop and maintain a healthy brain and mind to support flourishing in both our emotional and social lives, is of prime importance.
What is even less well known is that each and every one of us already has the innate capacity to be mindful. All it takes is a little time and attention with which to nurture and grow this quality to benefit our own lives and those of the people that we share it with.
This course will help you to cultivate the skills to stay steady and more balanced and 'grounded' despite the enormous upheaval and disruption to most people's lives rendered by Covid-19. Whilst the qualities of kindness and compassion are integral to mindfulness and implicit in the curriculum, this course also contains befriending and compassion-based practices that help to access a deep and healing sense of interconnectedness with others despite any degree of physical distance faced. Additionally, there is a focus within the course on building the capacity to resource oneself to help overcome the sense of depletion that events over the past few months may have caused. We will practice the process of opening to, and being available for the uplifting and joyful in life that is often overlooked when we are in 'automatic pilot' or stuck in unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour. All of these present-moment practices are, in and of themselves acts, of self-care and can have profound effects on the wellbeing of oneself and those that we share our lives with.
Alongside the challenges posed by living with Covid-19, at least for the time being, this course will help you to learn and practise the skills required to connect with the joy and possibility involved in being alive, albeit in dramatically changed circumstances for many. The rapid realisation that the only constant in life is change and to bring a sense of appreciation and gratitude to what is present in each moment.
Meditation involves cultivating the qualities of curiosity, warmth, gentleness and kindness to bring to the ordinary and everyday. Following a mindfulness course, many people report dealing better with stress, feeling closer to nature, their family and friends and more easily able to touch in to the stillness and quiet beneath their busy lives.
Mindfulness meditation can also be used to prevent relapse for people with recurrent depression and to help to reduce pain and restore a sense of wellbeing in people with long-term health conditions. It is also an effective way of coping with the stresses and constant demands of a busy life.
In the middle of difficulty, Mindfulness meditation can help you to cultivate kindness and compassion, grow and flourish in all areas of your life and re-connect with with joy of being alive.
I am a BAMBA Listed Mindfulness Teacher, Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (UK).
To understand what a Chartered Psychologist is see here. Learn more about my additional training, qualifications and experience here.