What's the difference between 'Mindfulness' and 'Meditation'?
True Meditation involves sitting and observing the breath, and/or an object or mantra. Meditation brings the mind temporarily into the Now - a state of relaxed, calm, focus. The challenge, however, is that once outside of the meditation room, our distracted minds within our busy lives stop us from staying in that space.
Mindfulness uses meditation as a tool to bring our mind into the NOW, and then introduces further techniques to help us stay in that space, even in the midst of everyday life.
An added benefit to this, is that we start to recognise our automatic re-actions, and can therefore instead, choose how we re-spond to people/situations. The longer term effects of this are more numerous - these are documented here - 'benefits' and 'science').
As with anything, the more we practice, the better we become at it - hence the 8 week course is specifically designed to help us embed this practice into our daily life.
I don’t have the time to learn Mindfulness
It can feel that way at first, however, even top Chief Executives can find the time to learn Mindfulness, so really it is a question of re-assessing our priorities. By taking those few minutes to practice, your day becomes more effective and less stressful. Please do watch this video again.
My mind never switches off
It's the same for almost everyone at first. Practicing Mindfulness, however, helps us to find that pause button :-).
I can't afford it, are there any free places?
Certain Mindfulness courses are available on the NHS by referral from your GP. Please discuss this with them. Unfortunately, there are no free places on this course - however, it is hoped to be able to offer this in the future. Some participants do actually manage to gain sponsorship from their employers.
How accessible is the room?
The room is physically-challenged friendly. Should you wish to discuss any particular special needs, however, please don't hesitate to email as above.
Do I need to be physically fit?
This course suits all levels of physical ability and mobility. At no time are you expected to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. If you have any concerns regarding this, please email as above, so we can discuss any necessary work-arounds.
Who will be on the course?
People from all walks of life - all just wishing to learn how to be more mindful in their daily lives.
How many people will be in the group?
There is usually around 6-8 people.
I’m really shy.
You are never requested to speak out in any way – this is at all times optional.
What should I wear/bring?
something comfortable – and bring a cushion/blanket if that suits you, and perhaps a bottle of water if you like for refreshment.
Can I attend at the same time as friends/family?
the course along with someone close to you is not recommended as it may discourage one of you from speaking as you wish, and thus could hinder progress. This is, of course, a decision for you to make together.
What do I need to do/read to prepare for the course?
There is no preparation required - in fact it's better that you come with a completely open mind. Further reading will be recommended in the course.
Do I need to bring a pen and paper?
This is not like a normal training program. You are encouraged not to write anything at all actually (phew!........bet that feels better already) - as this takes you away from truly experiencing the full effects of the practice. You are invited, however, to write a private journal outside of sessions, if you like, as it can be really helpful to read back and reflect on progress.
I have no time to practice in between sessions
It is very important that you commit to practicing regularly outside of the course. But don’t worry - you will be guided on how to easily find that ‘extra’ time during your day.
Can I re-join if I miss a session or two?
Yes of course - sometimes this is completely unavoidable. You will, however, have missed some very important steps that will a. put you behind, and b. likely hinder progress. Catch-up one-to-one (chargeable) sessions can be made available if you wish - please request details. You will also be more than welcome to join the next course at a discounted rate.
Does this have anything to do with religion?
Absolutely not. The Mindfulness practice does derive from ancient religions, however all religious connotation has been removed, leaving just the effective technique. All faiths and none are encouraged to join the course.
I want to learn so that I can teach Mindfulness to others
This course is a great start in that direction, but please note this is purely an experiential course. There are plenty of courses available to learn how to Teach Mindfulness, however, their usual prequisite is that you have been practicing personally for at least a year.
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