Mindfulness Meditation for Living Well with Pain and Living Well with Stress
What is Mindfulness?
Many of us are familiar with definitions of mindlessness: pictures of violent, inconsiderate or out of control behaviour often dominate the headlines of our daily news. But mindfulness is more than simply the opposite of such behavaviour. It involves the development of skills and attributes, ways of thinking and living, that improve well-being and help us to live an effective life.
Mindfulness is a way of engaging with whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge, a way of being, that enables you to face the challenges and demands of everyday life, whether simply working or bringing up a family or coping with pain, stress and chronic illness.
Mindfulness, or mindful awareness, is a state of present moment attention where you can clearly perceive thoughts, physical sensations, emotions and events at the moment they occur without reacting an an automatic or habitual way.
You can then make choices on how you respond to things and have a rich and fulfilling life, even when experiencing difficult circumstances such as pain, illness or stress. The Living Well with Pain and Illness and Stress courses are based on practice-based research as well as combining key elements of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
Steve Smith first became interested in mindfulness and meditation after attending a short intruductory course at his local Buddhist Centre over 15 years ago. He has a background in Counselling and Personal Development Coaching as well as having had a career as a yacht Sailing Instructor. He is a Breathworks trained teacher and is offering one to one tuition in mindfulness meditation as well as eight-week courses in using mindfulness meditation for living well with chronic pain and illness and for living well with stress.
The courses - run from various venues in and around Fordingbridge
The courses offer a wide range of mindfulness skills to ease the suffering associated with persistent pain, fatigue and ill health and the stress that often arises as a result. Each week on the course, you will learn new strategies and approaches within a warm and friendly group setting.
Pain and illness are unpleasant sensations that we normally react to, causing a host of further problems and physical and emotional stress. We may not be able to do anything about the underlying unpleasant sensation, but we can train ourselves to lessen or overcome this reactive cycle. You will learn how to manage pain, illness and fatigue and to cultivate kindliness towards yourself and empathy for others.
The programme for Stress is suitable for anyone experiencing stress associated with work, relationships, loss and other factors outside your control. It is also useful for those who want strategies to deal with the general complexity and pace of modern life.
The next Eight Week Course of Mindfulness Training - Living Well with Stress, Pain and Illness - begins on Wednesday 24th April 2013 from 7pm to 9pm. A Free Taster Session is running on Wednesday, 17th April, 7 - 8pm at the Victoria Rooms.
Come along to find out more about Mindfulness and whether it is appropriate for you.
Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07792 782374 for more details.