January 29, 2014 · 7:30 PM
I went on a mindfulness retreat at the end of August 2013 and I really enjoyed it! I wanted to find out more so I enrolled onto an 8 week course on mindfulness which followed the chapters in the book:
‘Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world' by Prof. Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman.
The description of the book from amazon is as follows:
MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion and promote genuine joie de vivre. It's the kind of happiness that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life can throw at you with new courage.
The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and it is recommended by the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence - in other words, it works.
More importantly it also works for people who are not depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world. MINDFULNESS focuses on promoting joy and peace rather than banishing unhappiness. It's precisely focused to help ordinary people boost their happiness and confidence levels whilst also reducing anxiety, stress and irritability.
I haven’t found it to be quite that life altering but it has certainly helped me to reduce stress, feel more confident and stop the cycle of self doubt and critical thinking I can often get caught up in. I have tried many forms of therapy and medication in the past but this has been the most helpful thing I have found.
I like that it can be done anywhere and for any amount of time. You can just have a mindful moment to break you out of a negative cycle. It is completely non judgemental which I also really like.
I really look forward to sharing with the group my experiences - Cathy
Bio - Cathy is a 48 year old single mum who lives out in the Fens! She shares her home with her teenage daughter, three cats and two dogs. Cathy moved to the UK from America 30 years ago to go to university and was so struck by the beauty and inclusive nature the UK has to offer and decided to stay. Cathy works as an A level Psychology teacher in Cambridge and also offers private tutoring and examining, and attends teacher conferences in her spare time. Cathy is also a trained humanistic counsellor.