Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits.
Alvina Cassidy has 22 years meditation experience and over 12 yearsâ€™ experience bringing mindfulness and compassion based training to health, social care, the workplace and the public. She is a trained counsellor and certified teacher of the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy programmes.
â€˜Mindfulness is an ancient practice dating back over 2,500 years. Mindfulness based stress reduction training, with it's origins in this ancient method, took root in the US in the 1970s directed by DrJonKabatZinn. Since then, a wealth of research and scientific proof has helped Mindfulness spread into every strata of society. It is practiced in education, health and social care, law, the workplace and in many households. Research shows that the area of the brain associated with memory, learning, self awareness and compassion, increases in participants of Mindfulness programmes whilst areas associated with stress and anxiety decreases.â€™Alvina
There is a regular 6 week course scheduled throughout the year which offers a complete introduction to mindfulness practice and will give you good grounding in the practice with an experiential understanding and confidence in how to apply the methods in your life. Research into mindfulness shows that a regular committed practice can help you to relax, reduce stress, anxiety and worry, enhance your mood and sense of emotional and physical well being, increase immunity, change your relationship to physical pain and improve memory and decision making faculties
Our approach embraces compassion methods and the principles of mindfulness based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy to anyone going through life challenges such as dealing with diagnosis and illness, bereavement due to separation or the death of a loved one, stress or chronic pain. Our mission is to create a welcoming, safe environment where you are listened to and guided to discovering that you can transform pain and grief to find understanding, emotional resilience, healing and meaning.
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