Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm

13th October until 1st December 2015

Mindfulness means:

“paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.”

(Jon Kabat-Zinn)

What is ‘Mindfulness’?

Mindfulness is the ability to pay deliberate attention to our experience from moment to moment, to what is going on in our mind, body and day to day life and doing this without judgement. This may not sound like an obviously helpful thing to do, however learning to do this without judgement and self-criticism can have surprising results.  Mindfulness approaches have been shown to significantly help people with a variety of psychological and physical problems, including chronic pain, depression and anxiety. It can help people adapt to chronic conditions and improve how we manage stress and emotions.

How does Mindfulness help?

Many of us often find ourselves being ‘swept away’ by thoughts and feelings,

worries, pressures, responsibilities and just wanting things to be different from how they are right now.  This can be particularly powerful when we are faced with pain, difficulties and illness that defy our attempts to feel better or find a solution. Feeling stuck in this way can be draining. Mindfulness can help us work directly with the struggle we can all have with these experiences and improve the quality of our life.

What will the group involve?

The group will provide opportunities for experiential exercises, reflection and feedback as well as some opportunities to engage in ‘cognitive’ psychological principles. There are 8 sessions, and we ask that you try to commit to coming to all 8 as the group is run as a course where each week builds on the one before. Each week there will also be exercises to practice at home. You might like to bring a blanket, cushion or yoga mat to the group with you – there will not be strenuous physical exercises but some people prefer using a mat or cushion to sitting on a chair for the mindfulness practices.

Who is running the group?

The group will be facilitated by Dr Ruth Sutherland.  Ruth is an NHS Clinical Psychologist who has led numerous groups in both the NHS and community settings.

Cost

The group is free for anyone who lives within the parish boundary.  If you are outside of the catchment area, there may still be places available at the cost of £60.

The group is limited to 20 places so please make sure you book.

If you would like to be part of the group, please ring 01422 353929, speak to Ruth on Sunday or use the contact form below: