Finding Peace in a Frantic World

When the book Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World was published in 2011, it was a game changer. It built on the ideas and structure of earlier more clinically- oriented mindfulness-based programmes, but made the programme accessible to a much wider audience. The course offers mindfulness practices in ways that we can all use, and guides us in how to apply mindfulness in our everyday lives both to manage difficulties but also to cultivate joy, compassion, equanimity and wisdom. It offers a different way of living.

Finding Peace in a Frantic World runs over eight consecutive weeks.  It introduces mindfulness and provides teaching support for developing a personal mindfulness practice, and invaluable resources. It is being taught in community settings, higher education settings, and in workplaces all over the world. Since January 2013 it has been taught to parliamentarians and their staff in the UK Houses of Parliament.

When is the next course?

Our next Finding Peace course starts on Monday 21 February at 6:30pm and finishes at 8:15pm.  It runs over eight consecutive weeks.  The venue is Kambe House on Portland Square, in the heart of Bristol

How much does it cost?

The cost of the Finding Peace course is £200.  But, 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

Deciding whether mindfulness is right for you, or if it’s a good time to do it, can be difficult. So 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 but there’s no obligation to sign up. It’s an opportunity for us both to be clear that the course is right for you. 

If you would like to learn more about our next course please click here to book an orientation interview.

What do I need to know?

The book, Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World, accompanies the course so you will need to purchase your own copy.  It can be found in all good book stores for around £14.  More information about the course can be found here.

This book accompanies the course so you will need to purchase your own copy.

 

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.