You can't stop the waves but you can learn to surf - Jon Kabat-Zinn

You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf – Jon Kabat-Zinn

8-week Mindfulness  Group

Whether you have taken and introductory mindfulness course and want to develop your practice or are totally new to mindfulness, this course is for you.

We will be following the 8-week programme developed by Dave Potter, modelled on the now-famous programme founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

It uses resources from well-known mindfulness practitioners Jon Kabat-Zinn, Pema Chodron, Tara Brach ,Sylvia Boorstein, Sharon Salzberg, Robert Sapolsky , Marshall Rosenberg and Jack Kornfield

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness can be defined as  a mental state achieved by focusing awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations,

Why learn mindfulness?

Here are a few of the main proven benefits of mindfulness meditation:

  • Anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion and irritability all decrease with regular sessions of
  • Memory improves, reaction times become faster and mental and physical stamina increase.
  • Sleep improves, the immune system is strengthened and high blood pressure drops.

For 20 benefits of mindfulness meditation, see here.

Where is it: Rodney Street Therapies, 39 Rodney Street, Liverpool L1 9EN

When is it: 8 Thursday evenings, 6.30 to 8.30pm, 10 March to 14 April 2015

Who is the group leader: Dennis Richards, hypnotherapist and psychotherapist with 30 years’ experience of meditating.

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Kathleen H writes after following this programme:

I have suffered from anxiety and depression for many, many years and have previously tried a form of meditation but did not find it useful as I had an outdated idea that I must clear my mind, therefore I found myself more anxious and stressed when thoughts entered my mind.

I followed your course and now do daily meditations together with RAIN and breathing spaces when needed and I cannot believe the change. I can now say I feel calm and in control. I don’t think I have ever felt like this in my entire life. I feel as if I am in control of my mind, I can actually see things again and I feel connected which I have not felt for a very long time. My partner is amazed at the change in me and is so happy. I can also say that I am pretty sure this is a permanent state of mind, not a quick, temporary fix. I know I shall have to continue to meditate and be mindful but it is now part of my life, and I want to keep practicing, it is like my daily exercise, it’s something I now do.
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How much is it? Only £97, including:

  • Printed manual of all materials
  • Free access to Monday morning meditation sessions during the course (Value £40)

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