MindandHeartful presently offers 8 week mindfulness courses for adults and teenagers. MindandHeartful also offers mindfulness training to schools, with a variety of courses for teachers and pupils. Full support and “top up” short retreats are also offered for those who want to continue to cultivate a mindfulness practice.
All courses are delivered by Ceri Seel, a fully qualified teacher of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), trained at Exeter University (PG Dip Mindfulness Based Approaches). Ceri teaches mindfulness courses for the NHS, and has delivered mindfulness to Y8 and Y11 when working as a secondary school teacher. To find out more click here.
What is mindfulness?
“Moment-to-moment awareness… Paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally… ” —Jon Kabat-Zinn
Essentially, mindfulness is a way of training our attention in alternative modes of mind. Through attending closely to what is actually present, unhelpful habits of reactivity can be revealed. By approaching these habits with kindness, curiosity and acceptance, their grip on our lives is released. This gives us the opportunity to be more responsive rather than reactive, increasing our emotional resilience and our ability to be fully with whatever is arising right now, in our lives just as they are.
“Awareness of present experience, with acceptance.” —Dr. Ron Siegel
Over the 8 week course, you will learn simple, practical techniques that provide ways to handle the stresses and distractions of life today. Exploring with the group, the course will generally support you to take better care of yourself, with kindness and insight. Enhanced mental clarity will give you clearer choices so you can sidestep old thought patterns and choose more nourishing ways to live.
“It is a systematic approach to developing new kinds of control and wisdom in our lives, based on our inner capacities for relaxation, paying attention, awareness and insight.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Benefits: A body of research has shown that mindfulness can boost positive emotions such as happiness, creativity and focus and also reduce emotional stress, depression and pain.
Scientific research using brain imaging has shown that people who practice mindfulness show a greater ability to cope with emotional upset and have an increased resilience to the stressors of life, even after just 8 weeks of training.
Nonetheless mindfulness is not a quick fix. It takes considerable patience, time, effort and care in order to cultivate the conditions for effects to take place. However the investment is well worth it and most people who attend report long-lasting results.