If we learn through mindfulness to relate to positive, negative, or neutral experiences with less reactivity, we may then lessen the impact of those difficulties, especially those that are tinted with automated, judgemental, and critical thinking. Throughout the wealth of research, books, and articles relating to mindfulness the words ‘awareness’ and ‘attention’ are scattered like leaves on a blustery autumn day. Explanations of what mindfulness is are in abundance, but for the sake of argument the following has been chosen for its clarity, and simplicity:
Mindfulness is an open and receptive awareness of, and attention to, what is taking place in the present.
Discover the benefits of knowing your mind by attending one of our Mindfulness Programmes – allowing you to consciously and systematically work with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.
“I keep intending to get in touch with you to say thank you for all the wonderful work you have done with my patients! The phrase “life changing” has been used on a number of occasions. Attending your course and developing more positive ways of dealing with stress and negative emotions really has had a huge positive impact on people’s progress in voice therapy and on the wider scale, has enabled patients to achieve a quality of life that they previously didn’t believe was possible.”
“I cannot recommend you highly enough.”
Jen Murphy, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
“I found attending the programme very worthwhile, and it is making a difference in my daily life. I did a lot of research before I attended, including looking at the evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness practices in promoting positive thoughts and the ensuing mental and physical health benefits. It just goes to show that science often follows ancient wisdom! The group format also appealed, I enjoyed it, as did all the other participants as far as I could see.”
“I found the 5 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course I attended one of the most useful things I’ve ever done. It has been easy to apply the skills I learnt to everyday life and the audio CDs provided have been helpful in supporting me since the course finished. The refresher sessions Living Mindfully have run have also been invaluable.”
Sarah, Consett, County Durham
“As was said many times, it’s a lifelong learning process and there is much still to learn and practice, but I have experienced the proverbial ‘click’ in my mind, and I owe that to the programme. To change something about yourself is very hard and needs constant effort, but I think this has helped me take the first step, and for that I will always be grateful.”
“Through the practice of mindfulness I have been able to watch the clutter, instead of believing the clutter. Each day is different and the clutter varies but it’s so much better observing it than getting caught up in it! And the thing I love most about Mindfulness, apart from my own personal benefit, is that it is a practice that can help everyone – young and old. In a stressful world, Mindfulness offers an opportunity forward, a way to reduce stress in one’s everyday life, a chance to live in the moment and truly be oneself. Rome wasn’t built in a day and Mindfulness requires practice and commitment but the benefits are invaluable!”
“I have chilled out a lot. I am able to take time out for me. I have… learned not to panic and fly on autopilot during the course of the working day when things start to build up… I can read the signs and use my meditation and relaxation exercise to calm myself and gather my positive strength. I mindfully enjoy the simple things in life and feel the better for it.”
Silvia Coates, Employment Advisor
“I still feel these are early days in what I hope is now a life-long practice. But my experience so far suggests that what I have embarked upon is a real journey of discovery. I truly believe that if I can only travel this road with an open, non-judging, and compassionate mind, then I will not be disappointed with what I find.”