Autumn MBSR Course

Our next online mindfulness course starts on Tuesday 19 October at 6:45pm-9:15pm.  The programme runs over 8 consecutive weeks and includes a silent retreat on Saturday 27 November from 1-6pm.  Like all worthwhile endeavours, full commitment to each session is important.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

MBSR is the gold standard of mindfulness programmes because much of the supporting research around mindfulness uses MBSR.  Plus, the curriculum has remained unchanged since Jon Kabat-Zinn first developed it in the 1970s.  Basically it just works, but your motivation and intentions are key!

The MBSR curriculum challenges participants to turn towards difficulty in order to become more familiar with how we react to it.  This can be challenging for both participant and teachers. This is why MBSR teachers must complete robust training and engage with continual professional development.  Properly trained teachers are registered with the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) and must abide by their good practice guidelines.  Always look out for the BAMBA logo to help you feel confident about the course and teacher you choose.

Cost

The cost of the MBSR course is £300.  However, in the spirit of community and making this powerful tool more accessible, we offer some assisted places on a first come first served basis.

Don’t Rush

Before you make a decision it’s good practice for your teacher to talk through the course with you. This is why we include a free interview to describe what the course entails and answer any questions you may have.

The orientation interview usually takes 30 minutes and there’s no obligation to sign up after the interview.  It’s simply an opportunity for us both to be clear that the course is right for you.

We believe mindfulness can make everyone smile more.  If you are interested in our next online course please click here to book an orientation interview

The 3 Step Breathing Space Practice

Being a mindfulness teacher I often get asked “what’s a quick and easy bit of mindfulness you can share with me?”  And to be honest I don’t like the question because it assumes mindfulness is about quick fixes, which is definitely isn’t!

What I am happy to share at times like this is one of my favourite practices, the 3 step breathing space.  I call it a pocket-practice because you can carry it with you and use it absolutely anywhere.  The results can be transformative and once you’re practiced enough to run through the steps without thinking you can literally go through the steps in the time it takes to breathe in and out.

So what’s so good about the 3 step breathing space?

All mindfulness practices help us to focus attention on what’s going on in the present moment and usually this is done formally, with time taken to prepare a space where you won’t be disturbed.  The 3 step breathing space is what we call an informal practice which makes it more flexible and perfect in real time situations.

For example, imagine you’re having a difficult or challenging conversation and you’re getting triggered.  Anger and fear rise automatically and before you know it you’ve said something you regret.

This kind of reactivity is dangerous because it happens so quickly it can feel like a normal behaviour,  just part of who we are, so the next time a similar situation arises we repeat the pattern.  What we need is something to break the cycle and this is where the 3 step breathing space comes in.

The practice in action

Now imagine the same conversation except this time you notice the sensations of being triggered, maybe tightness in the tummy, a frown on the forehead, buzzing in the brain etc.  As you acknowledge these early warning signals, rather than subconsciously riding them,  you increase your mental capacity enough to remind you where you’re heading.  You’ve stepped off the stress express and with a simple out-breath you’re able to speak calmly and consciously. This is the 3 step breathing space in action but, as with all mindfulness practices, it takes practice to use it this skilfully.

Try it for yourself

This may sound too good to be true but I guarantee that with some practice you’ll soon get the gist of it.  Do the practice a few times a day and when you feel familiar enough with the 3 steps you can experiment and make it your own.  Good luck.