Mindfulness and meditation has scientifically proven to help many people better manage stress and anxiety and improve mood. Modern lives are busy and demanding and our minds often gets caught up in autopilot and busy planning, worrying, and analysing. Mindfulness meditation helps us to find new ways to approach life’s challenges and to find peace in a frantic world. Mindfulness is also a great tool to help us get the most out of the positive times. A regular mindfulness practice can help us experience greater joy, appreciation and gratitude.
About the Course
Through guided meditations, group dialogue and home practice, you will learn the essential principles of mindfulness and techniques to build your personal practice and access overall well-being. After attending regular mindfulness sessions, people report a reduction in stress levels, better sleeping patterns, reduced anxiety, as well as improved mood.
Over the weekly sessions, you will be taught a variety of meditations, all with the aim of helping you train your brain to be more present, strengthening your resilience and ability to manage difficulties and stresses. You’ll learn the foundational skills of mindfulness and meditation in a kind, gentle, friendly and supportive environment. You’ll be encouraged to establish a home practice, and to integrate and apply the techniques into your life.
Key learnings include:
– A variety of formal and informal mindfulness meditation practices, which involve using the breath and body as a focus for feeling more present in your life.
– Understanding the physiology of stress and how to self-regulate your moods, so that you are better able to pause in challenging situations and manage your responses more effectively.
– Recognising the patterns of worrying and self-criticism that often generate more stress.
– Learning to relate to yourself with a more acceptance and kindness.
– Building more mindful and meaningful communication, connections and relationships.
– Developing practical self-care tools to help you thrive, perform at your best, and build resilience.
These weekly sessions are suitable for complete beginners or people with an existing meditation practice.
About the facilitator
Keren Ghitis has many years of experience offering mindfulness based psychotherapy sessions and leading meditation groups. Having trained at the Karuna Institute and Middlesex University, She holds an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy, a contemplative practice drawing on Buddhist principles and different western psychotherapy theories. She is UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) accredited.