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(8-week Mindfulness for Wellbeing Course)

“I had no experience of mindfulness or meditation and had been suffering with anxiety for a couple of years.

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Hannah    Sheffield, UK   
Hannah    Sheffield, UK   
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(8-week Mindfulness for Wellbeing Course)

“I had no experience of mindfulness or meditation and had been suffering with anxiety for a couple of years. I was slightly apprehensive about whether I would be able to sit still for about an hour and think about stuff, or not think about stuff. But John’s gentle, open and practical teaching style made me feel very much at ease and put my nerves to rest.

From the first week of the course onwards I have found that it has gifted me with the ability to actually be calm without having to in some way inebriate or exhaust myself; firstly with the Body scan which I looked forward to doing each day, and especially the mindfulness of breath.

Progressively each week I found that I was enjoying using the insights that I was taught. The mindfulness of breath is something that I now use every day. I have learned to recognise when anxious feelings arise that I can let them go and that being aware of my breathing helps massively.

As I continued to practice over the weeks I found that having the opportunity each week to discuss the weeks experiences of meditation with John very helpful. As a teacher myself I know that listening is a really important part of being an effective teacher; John clearly listened to me and his insights into my experiences were very illuminating and helpful.

I have missed the class since it finished, and am hoping that John will run some more soon that I can go to!”


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Increase Resilience To Stress Through Mindfulness

In today’s fast paced world, it might seem impossible to free yourself from an overwhelming amount of stressful responsibilities. Life is stressful but being exposed to stress isn’t always bad. In fact, a certain amount of stress helps us become more motivated to do our best. However, when stress becomes too overwhelming, it can damage our health.

Can mindfulness really increase our resilience towards stress? Stress in itself isn’t a problem, it’s how we respond to it that’s the key. It’s easy to feel as if we are drowning in stress, leading to long term health problems. If we learn how to mindfully ‘surf through’ stressful times, we can become more resilient.  Practicing mindfulness give us a clearer perspective of what’s happening around us, allowing us to be more resourceful.

In this video by Nour Foundation, they discuss how practicing mindfulness leads to faster recovery from a stress response. Jon Zabat-Zinn, a clinical mindfulness expert, said “When you cultivate mindfulness you add another dimension to the picture, giving you a more useful perspective”

Spare some time and watch the full video below.

All in all, you don’t have to let go of all your responsibilities to bring balance into your life, you just need to approach them differently. Mindfulness gives us a way to do that.

 

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