“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”

Dennis P. Kimbro

"I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened"

Mark Twain

Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”
“Supposing it didn’t” said Pooh.
After careful thought, Piglet was comforted by this.

AA Milne

Mindfulness is a re-collecting of the fragmented and dispersed mind - a way of cultivating more awareness of present moment experience with acceptance rather than judgement.  It is about learning to observe what is happening for us just as it is, however pleasant, unpleasant, easy or difficult, and not reacting on auto pilot.

Through regular practice mindfulness cultivates our capacity to see clearly the consequences of thoughts and actions, which lead to harm and suffering, and those which do not..

Mindfulness helps us to become more aware of the unhelpful thought patterns that can trigger and perpetuate stress, anxiety and low moods. We learn to see thoughts as just thoughts, not facts, and we become more relaxed with our own body and mind.  We become more open to the situations and people we find ourselves with.

The 8 week MBSR course involves experiential learning through mediation, gentle yoga and breathing techniques.  No previous experience is necessary.  In addition to the weekly classes, participants are encouraged to practice for 45 minutes everyday in order to cultivate a deeper understanding of the thinking mind and how to work skilfully with it during the day-to-day experience of modern living.

Mindfulness is the greatest gift we can give ourselves.  It is not merely a good idea or a nice philosophy steeped in ancient wisdom.  It is something to embody moment by moment for ourselves, if it is to have any value for us, and those closest to us.

Clinical Evidence on How MBSR Can Ease Symptoms of Stress & Anxiety - here

What is MBSR?

For more information about the MBSR course and what it entails please click here or visit the UK Teachers Network information page.