Mindfulness for Life

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Scientific research into the health benefits of practising mindfulness has been going on for over 30 years. Studies have highlighted the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation for:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Improving concentration and memory
  • Helping people living with depression
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Helping people cope with chronic pain or inflammatory conditions such as asthma, tinnitus, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Universities and health organisations worldwide have been involved in researching and reporting on the benefits of mindfulness practice.

The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University focuses on research into the effectiveness of mindfulness in clinical treatment and illness prevention.

Neuroscientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds have studied how people suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions can benefit from mindfulness meditation.

The Harvard Medical School have reported on subjects such as how mindfulness practice improves connections in the brain and how it can help ease stress and anxiety.

The Oxford Mindfulness Centre at the University of Oxford has been at the forefront of mindfulness research and training for over a decade. Their main research focus is now the prevention of depression, including helping young people develop their resilience.

Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People, published by The Mindfulness in Schools Project and the University of Exeter Mood Disorders Centre, summarises research into the effects of mindfulness on the emotional well-being, learning abilities and mental health of young people.

Mindfulness Classes

The Mindfulness Based Living Course

The Mindfulness Based Living CourseThis eight-week course helps you understand how your brain works and introduces you to ways of managing your thinking. You’ll discover how your emotions affect your thoughts and you’ll learn how to develop your own internal resources for dealing with life’s ups and downs.

The practical exercises build up in a gentle, manageable and structured way as you progress through the sessions. You’ll learn techniques you can use to:

  • Settle your distracted mind
  • Step back from your thoughts and emotions and see more clearly
  • Restore balance in your mind by compensating for the human brain’s natural negativity bias
  • Develop kindness towards yourself and others
  • Strengthen your inner resources so you can manage stress more effectively
  • Improve your powers of concentration and your ability to stay focused
  • Practise mindfulness in everyday life — at work, at study or at home

The course includes access to audio recordings of the practices that you can follow in between sessions and after the course finishes.

“Sue is not only highly knowledgeable but perhaps more importantly she is capable of imparting her knowledge to us novices in a way we can easily understand and later practise in our daily lives.

We looked forward increasingly to our sessions and always left with a new-found sense of peace and calm. Most importantly I feel I have learned a new skill which I can rely on in times of stress.”  Mindfulness Based Living Course participant

“If your mind sometimes gets the better of you, this course is an enormous help. Sue is an extremely kind tutor with a caring compassionate manner; also very easy to talk to. It’s made a real difference to me.”  Mindfulness Based Living Course participant

The Compassion Based Living Course

If you’ve completed a Mindfulness-Based Living Course, and you’re ready to extend and deepen your mindfulness practice, the eight-week Compassion-Based Living Course is an ideal next step. On this course, you’ll:
  • Expand your understanding of your emotional drives and what goes on at the subconscious level of your brain, based on the latest scientific research
  • Learn how to strengthen your compassion for yourself and others
  • Discover how to overcome common blocks in your mindfulness practice
  • Practice letting go of self-criticism and develop better ways to approach your imperfections
  • Find out how to bring a kind, mindful attitude to the challenges you face in life.
The course includes access to audio recordings of the practices that you can follow in between sessions and after the course finishes.

 “Sue shows in her sessions her breadth of knowledge, insightful awareness, and authentic intent in leading and encouraging the group. She addresses the difficulties and blocks to meditation and ways to strengthen the practice. I found the course beneficial on many levels and would recommend it as an ideal progression from the mindfulness course.” Compassion Based Living Course participant

Are you ready to learn mindfulness?

As with anything you want to do well, practice and commitment make a big difference to the benefits of learning mindfulness. With determination and an open and enquiring mind, the tools and techniques you’ll learn in your classes or 1-to-1 sessions can change your life.

The best way to learn — for you

You can learn mindfulness in small, friendly groups or in 1-to-1 sessions. You can choose an eight-week course or personalised 1-to-1 courses designed to meet your individual needs.

Mindfulness courses run on Zoom or in a light and airy studio in Berwick, depending on the number of people in the class and whether all participants are able to travel to the venue.

If you’re part of a group or organisation that would like classes at your own venue (within a 40-mile radius of Coldstream), get in touch—I’d love to chat to you.

You’ll benefit from learning in a small group if…

  • You’re more comfortable learning in the company of just a few other people, rather than in a large group. I run the Mindfulness Association’s eight-week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) for between two and eight people—never more. I run the eight-week Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC) for between two and five people.
  • You like plenty of time to ask questions while sharing the support of a small group of learners.

1-to-1 mindfulness coaching might be best for you if…

  • It’s difficult for you to commit to the set dates and times of a group course, or
  • You’d prefer private coaching due to issues you want help to manage.

A personalised 1-to-1 mindfulness course would work for you if…

…you want to learn how to use mindfulness to deal with a specific issue. I create short, customised mindfulness courses, of three to six sessions, to help people deal with things like:

  • Letting go of past events
  • Procrastination
  • Relationship issues
  • Giving presentations and/or public speaking
  • Preparing for assessments or exams.
Your course will equip you with a toolkit of mindfulness techniques to suit your individual situation and needs. Each session lasts between 1 and 1.5 hours. The courses are extremely flexible. We’ll arrange a timetable that:
  • Suits both your diary and your learning style
  • Gives you time between sessions to practice what you’ve learnt and get used to the changes you’re making as you progress.
You’ll also receive:
  • An easy-to-use customised workbook to use as a reference to the practices in your personal toolkit
  • Personally-recorded audio versions of the practices for you to follow at home between sessions and after your course.

Costs

Mindfulness Based Living Course (eight weeks):

  • Groups of between two and eight people: £180 per person
  • One-to-one: £200

Compassion Based Living Course (eight weeks):

  • Groups of between two and five people: £200 per person
  • One-to-one: £225

Personalised, 1-to-1 mindfulness courses designed for you (from three to five weeks):

  • £45 per session (1–1.5 hours per session)

Bursaries and payment plans:

  • There are a number of bursaries available annually for people who would otherwise have difficulty with full course fees. Payment plans can also be discussed. Please get in touch to find out more.

Talk it through with me

If you’d like to arrange a free, no-obligation chat to find out how mindfulness can help you, please get in touch. We’ll arrange a phone or Zoom call to suit you and, together, we’ll discover the best way for you to learn.

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