January 2016 marks the 5th year of offering this courseÂ in Watford and manyÂ have appreciated the benefits of exploring mindfulness for themselves.
What are the benefits of a mindfulness practice?
Regular practice will help you…
- Learn how to respond (rather than react)
- Reduce stress
- Understand how to be more present in your life & as a result, find more pleasure in each moment
- Improve your overall mood and trials* have shown that it can help improve quality of life if experiencing chronic pain and depression
- Boost your immune system*
- Reduces blood pressure and lowers the risk of hypertension*
Structure of the course
We will meet for 1 hour 45 minutes every week for 5 weeks, where you will be introduced to a different aspect of mindfulness and have the opportunity to practice meditations, discuss your experiences and receive the support you need.
Each week you will also be given home practices to undertake. The suggested practices are very easy to assimilate into even the most busiest of schedules and are very approachable.
Your learning is supported with reading material sent via email after each weekly session, together with mp3 recordings to support your home practice where applicable.
More details on the course can be found by clicking here
* References on mindfulness for health:
Baer, R. A., Smith, G. T., Hopkins, J., Kreitemeyer, J. & Toney, L. (2006), â€˜Using self-report assessment methods to explore facets of mindfulnessâ€™, Assessment, 13, pp. 27â€“45
Morone, N. E., Lynch, C. S., Greco, C. M., Tindle, H. A. & Weiner, D. K. (2008b), â€˜â€œI felt like a new personâ€ â€“ the effects of mindfulness med- itation on older adults with chronic pain: qualitative narrative analysis of diary entriesâ€™, Journal of Pain, 9, pp. 841â€“8
Kabat-Zinn, J., Lipworth, L., Burncy, R. & Sellers, W. (1986), â€˜Four-year follow-up of a meditation-based program for the self- regulation of chronic pain: Treatment outcomes and complianceâ€™, Clinical Journal of Pain, 2, p. 159; Brown, Christopher A., Jones, Anthony K. P. (2013), â€˜Psychobiological Correlates of Improved Mental Health in Patients With Musculoskeletal Pain After a Mindfulness-based Pain Management Programâ€™, Clinical Journal of Pain, 29(3), pp. 233â€“44; Lutz, Antoine, McFarlin, Daniel R., Perlman, David M., Salomons, Tim V. & Davidson, Richard J. (2013), â€˜Altered anterior insula acti- vation during anticipation and experience of painful stimuli in expert meditatorsâ€™, Journal NeuroImage, 64, pp. 538â€“46