Mindfulness by Cathy Rowe

  • January 29, 2014 · 7:30 PM
  • CB2

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.

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  • Cathy R.

    I have finally sourced the website for the Tiny Habits project I mentioned at the meet up. I had an ofsted inspection at college this week so my whole life was put on hold during this.

    http://tinyhabits.com

    This is the website that takes you through what it is all about and you can sign up for a week training session which I just completed.

    I have continued with 2 of the 3 tiny habits I set myself which is a really good achievement.


    Looking forward to seeing everyone next month.

    February 7, 2014

    • Lily

      Thanks Cathy I will check it out! I hope your week not been too hectic. Its Friday :) have a lovely weekend and see you at the end of the month x

      February 7, 2014

  • Cathy R.

    Lovely to share my experiences with the group.

    1 · February 7, 2014

  • Melissa J.

    Lovely to meet everyone, and to find out it is friendly and welcoming group. What an inspiring evening. Thanks Cathy for what you shared about mindfulness and the practical activities too! I look forward to the next evening. Melissa xx

    1 · January 31, 2014

    • Lily

      Thanks for joining us. We welcome new members with open arms :) see you next month make sure you rspv x

      January 31, 2014

  • Rionach

    Lovely to meet such a great group of women and share our experiences. Thanks to Cathy for stimulating an important conversation on mindfulness. Xx Rionach

    January 29, 2014

    • Rionach

      Hi Lily, Yes I got the next train at 10.30 and got home fine, thanks for the lift. I may look into driving next time!

      January 30, 2014

    • Lily

      Sorry you missed the train. Yes driving may give you more time plus you can stay and talk a little longer :-) always nice to have a catch up.

      January 30, 2014

  • jo b.

    Thanks for such an open and insightful evening. I'm really glad I came.
    Jo

    January 30, 2014

    • Lily

      Great to have you join us Jo and look forward to you sharing with us ladies in March.

      January 30, 2014

  • Isabel L.

    Loved spending time with all of you ladies last night. I love the energy of this group. Thank you Cathy for sharing about Mindfulness. It is a great tool to keep you in the present moment.

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Rionach

    Walk Slowly

    It only takes a reminder to breathe,

    a moment to be still, and just like that, something in me settles, softens, makes space for imperfection. The harsh voice of judgment drops to a whisper and I remember again that life isn’t a relay race; that we will all cross the finish

    line; that waking up to life is what we were born for. As many times as I forget, catch myself charging forward without even knowing where I’m going, that many times I can make the choice to stop, to breathe, and be, and walk slowly into the mystery.

    Danna Faulds

    2 · January 29, 2014

    • Isabel L.

      Beautiful... Thanks for sharing Rionach.

      January 30, 2014

  • Lily

    Wonderful group of women! Thanks to Cathy for being so open and honest. Great introduction to Mindfulness!

    January 29, 2014

  • Lily

    We have been moved to the basement in cb2 cafe. Downstairs!

    January 29, 2014

  • Lily

    1 day to go! xx

    January 28, 2014

  • Rosie

    Hi all, enjoy tomorrow. I won't be able to join u.

    January 28, 2014

    • Lily

      See you in February Rosie x

      January 28, 2014

  • Carla

    Unfortunately I cannot do Wednesdays. I am so dissapointed but hopefully there will be other opportunities. Have a great evening ladies x

    January 28, 2014

  • Faye M.

    Unfortunately I can no longer attend.

    January 27, 2014

    • Lily

      That's a shame Faye but thank you for dropping a note. I hope you can attend in February on the 27th!

      January 27, 2014

  • Lily

    Im so excited to seeing you all next week! Should be a good session. Looking forward to s good catch up and hearing about Cathy's mindfulness experience and insight. No doubt we will have some useful tips to take away!

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Faye M.

    I've read a little about mindfulness and I'm really keen to learn more.

    January 22, 2014

  • Rionach

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Sorry, I can't make this date. I have an evening meeting with work. Bad timing. Keep me posted on the next one (I can't do Wed 26th Feb either, but another evening that week would be fine.)

    January 5, 2014

    • Lily

      Im so happy you can make it. It will be 1 year anniversary and I will have to two ppl who came to my 1st ever meet up, you and Cathy :) can't wait to see you xx

      January 18, 2014

    • Rionach

      Thanks Lily, it's wonderful to see how it's grown over the past year. What an inspiration. I was glad to be there at the start. xx

      January 19, 2014

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