What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness uses guided meditation and other exercises to be more “in the moment”. It’s a way of being more aware of what is actually going on in our experience rather than what we think is happening. As awareness increases, we are able to notice and choose to alter more negative patterns of thinking and behaviour. It also encourages fuller enjoyment of life helping to savour good times whilst being more prepared for life’s challenges. It can be particularly helpful for managing stress and anxiety. Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has also been deemed a recommended treatment for the management of recurrent depression (Nice guidelines 2009).
What can it offer you?
Perhaps the chance to pause for a while. To help detangle some of the thousands of thoughts that compete for attention, or the opportunity to practise some self care instead of self criticism? It’s a way of “being” rather than “doing”.
How I work with Mindfulness
I currently offer mindfulness on a 1-1 basis on its own or in conjunction with counselling or CBT. More recently, I have started using it within Walking Therapy where it fits wonderfully. We use the backdrop of the landscape and what we notice during a walk to bring us back into the present moment.
Previously, I have delivered small group sessions for local and national charities such as the Macclesfield MS Society, Breast Cancer Care and Alzheimer’s Society as well as in schools and in local businesses.
In my 1-1 work I have developed my own 8 – week programme. This is based around the book “Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. Cost for this is £40 per session.
To get a flavour of what it’s all about I can recommend the following websites: