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Mindfulness

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"Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It's about befriending who we are already."  

Pema Chödrön, The Wisdom of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World

What is mindfulness?

 

Mindfulness is a particular, way of paying attention to what's happening in

the present moment, without judgement. It involves taking notice and being

curious about our thoughts, the patterns of the mind, the sensations in our

bodies and our surroundings and, as best we can, letting them be.

How can it help?

​Mindfulness is a powerful tool for reducing stress and anxiety, stopping overthinking and rumination, preventing burnout and improving wellbeing. Mindfulness works by teaching us to:

 

  • Cope with  emotions with more awareness, which helps to reduce anxiety and fear;

  • Notice our self-talk, beliefs, worries and the stories we tell ourselves that might be maintaining anxiety and stress;

  • Practice stepping back from our self-talk to gain a different perspective;

  • Reconnect with our body as a place of grounding and support in times of distress; 

  • Learn how to use compassion, forgiveness and kindness to help ease inner tension; and

  • Rediscover and redirect our attention toward the things that really matter to us in order to live well.

8 week mindfulness course

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an 8-week group mindfulness course with a strong evidence base for all alleviating stress, anxiety and depression and improving wellbeing. It combines elements of mindfulness practice and cognitive behavioural therapy to help people develop greater awareness and acceptance of their thoughts, emotions and experiences. MBCT is approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and offered within the NHS.

The course comprises of 8, two hour classes and an initial shorter orientation session. Classes comprise a combination of mindfulness practices (such as body scans, sitting meditations and gentle mindful movement), discussion and some short presentations. Participants are also invited to practice mindfulness skills at home for around 40 minutes a day between classes.

The cost of the course is £285 per person. Course materials and guided meditations are provided. Pre-registration for the course is essential.

For more information about this course see here.

If you have questions about whether the course will be suitable for you, please get in touch.

Upcoming MBCT course

dates & times

Day: Mondays

Time: 1pm-3pm

Format: In-person group classes

Location:  The Beach Studio,  Natural Fitness & Therapies, Royal Parade, Eastbourne

BN22 7AQ

Course dates: 

  • 23 Sep (orientation session 1-2.15pm)

  • 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov

If you cannot make the orientation session, this can be re-arranged on a 1:1 basis.

Price: £285​​

Deposit: £50 to secure place

Book your place
Book your place
8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course. Orientation session 23 Sep 2024, 1pm-2.15pm 8 week course starts 30 Sep 2024, 1pm-3pm At the Beach Studio, Natural Fitness & Therapies Centre, Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7AQ £285 per person
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