How can I learn?
Why not sign up for one of Grow’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Courses?
You can also try some guided mindfulness meditations here
I am a trained mindfulness teacher, and have also been taught single point meditation at Kopan Buddhist Monastery in Nepal. I offer sessions on both an individual basis as well as group sessions. You don’t need any prior experience, and I have posted some additional information below:
What’s the difference between Mindfulness and Meditation?
Mindfulness is a bit of a buzz word nowadays, but what makes it different to meditation?
Both of these words originally came from religious contexts, particularly Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism, which have been in existence since 1700 BCE. Although there is plenty of debate around the differences between the two, a key difference could be seen as their respective goals. Whilst mindfulness aims to focus and refocus the mind in the present moment, meditation aims to reach a state of pure awareness or self-transcendence.
When all is said and done, they continually overlap each other, and both are used to strengthen your level of concentration, enabling you to increasingly pay attention to not only the present moment, but also watch your own mind in action.
Why should I practice Mindfulness / Meditate?
Do you quite often do things you regret, and seem unable to stick to doing things you know are good for you? Doesn’t it seems strange that we live a life in which we quite often feel we are not in control of ourselves?
Mindfulness and meditation enable you to increasingly make and stick to decisions which will bring you lasting and meaningful happiness. By including even a 5 minute mediation or mindfulness routine in your day, over time, research has demonstrated you could experience decreases in anxiety, depression and stress as well as increasing empathy, focus, clarity and improving relationships around you.
The UK government has recently chosen to advocate and encourage the adoption of mindfulness in schools, workplaces and in the NHS. This is no longer a ‘leftfield’ concept: mindfulness meditation is starting to be adopted in the mainstream.
This perhaps leads to the question: “Why isn’t everyone doing it?!”
I think that the answer to this is that many people don’t know the benefits yet, although this is changing at a rapid rate. Perhaps another big reason is that people think there is a lot of skill involved in practicing mindfulness or meditating. This is NOT the case at all. You can start tomorrow, and you don’t need any specialist knowledge to do so. All you need to do is to keep your practice going!
Contact me to find out more today.