With todays explosion of “mindfulness this and mindfulness that” it can be difficult to get a clear sense of what this ancient practice is really about, where to start and risks a very superficial understanding of the depth for personal awareness and growth that mindfulness meditation can support.
Mindfulness meditation stems from ancient buddhist psychology and teachings, and in its modern form meets todays understandings of human struggle from the field of psychology in a blended and secular approach. At its heart it is a practice of developing awareness, attentional and attitudinal skills and deep self care. Through purposeful meditation the practice invites us to develop particular attitudes towards our experiences and can help us to relate more helpfully to ourselves, others and our experiences in life.
I offer a range of opportunities to explore mindfulness meditation, most of which are in group sessions, as when learning this really helps us to understand the shared experience of what it is about being human than leans us towards struggle at times. It is not however group therapy or a talking therapy so there is no need for you to talk at any length about your personal difficulties in order to explore and learn for yourself. That said, often we need to talk things through with someone, and if this is the case I would suggest also seeking some talking therapy alongside embarking on an exploration of mindfulness meditation.
My professional background is as a clinician in the NHS and finding my way into mindfulness through spending many years working with the distress associated with long term pain. I began in depth formal training 3 years ago through the Masters programme at Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Practice and Research.