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Hello! I’d like to encourage you to consider what practising mindfulness could do for you. Mindfulness is fast becoming a recommended way to live our lives with greater enjoyment – as well as engaging with life’s inevitable challenges more effectively. 

Who is it for? Evidence shows mindfulness is effective throughout our lives, and is particularly relevant in reducing stress, anxiety, and recurrent depression, for example. When we’re stressed or facing difficulties, at such times we inadvertently tend to react in ways that can make things worse as we try to avoid the situation or struggle to get rid of it. Being mindful helps to break this vicious cycle. However it is not necessary to have any specific or pressing problems to find mindfulness helpful. 

So what is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is about learning to be more aware of our immediate experience of ourselves and the world around us, and how we relate to it. Instead of struggling to get to get rid of our difficulties, we learn to simply be with our immediate experience, as it is. When we are mindful, our attention is not drawn into past or future, we are not judging or rejecting our experience, and we become more fully present in our lives. 

The introductory workshops that I run are an experiential taster that will give a good feel for what practising mindfulness is and how it might be of benefit to you.

The monthly practice group, the first one of which will be in December 2016, are for those who are already familiar with mindfulness meditation practices and who wish to be part of a group that comes together regularly to practise and discuss different themes relevant to mindfulness.

About me: I teach mindfulness and self-compassion courses and other events as part of Mindfulness HampshireWith many years experience of mindfulness practice, I’ve also completed a number of mindfulness teacher training programmes both with Bangor University and other organisations. From Bangor University, I have a Certificate of Readiness to teach mindfulness programmes and am registered with the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations.  I am also  an accredited Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) . As an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psycotherapist (BACP) I work part-time as a counsellor in private practice. I’ve been teaching these programmes for the past three years, and adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines.  I regularly offer the standard eight week mindfulness course (MBSR) as well as an eight week Mindful Self-Compassion Course (MSC) in central Basingstoke. 

In Mindful Self-Compassion training, we learn how to relate to ourselves with kindness, care and understanding. Being more aware of our own needs, we are better placed to both care for ourselves and to connect with others. This 8 week course is open to anyone who wishes to cultivate compassion for themselves. No previous experience with meditation or other mindfulness training is required. See the website for more details: mindfulnesshampshire.co.uk

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