What is mindfulness?
“Mindfulness is an awareness that emerges naturally when we pay attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and without judgement.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D
How do we do this?
You can begin to learn about mindfulness by attending a 5 week Introduction to Mindfulness course. During this course you will have the opportunity to:
- Learn how to meditate
- Learn about how mindfulness can help you to calm your mind
- Develop practical skills in mindfulness
- Gain a basic understanding of the principles of mindfulness
Following this course you will have the option to participate in ongoing weekly sessions on a Monday evening, at a reduced fee, to support you in maintaining a regular practice of mindfulness meditation.
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
- Promotes well-being through relaxation and stress reduction
- Helps train the brain to switch off from auto pilot
- Enables people to respond to difficult life events and stress with self-compassion, wisdom and insight
- Helps people to learn how to respond rather than react to events or situations
- Helps people to develop emotional resilience
- Is recognised by NICE as a technique that can help in the prevention of a relapse of depression or low mood as well as coping with the symptoms of mild/moderate anxiety
The course is based in Broadstone. Daytime and evening sessions will be available, depending upon the number of participants who are able to attend. Sessions last for an hour and a half. Please contact me for an outline of the course or if you require further information. You may arrange an appointment to attend a FREE 15 minute taster session to help you decide if this course is right for you.
For anyone who does not wish to participate in a course but would like to learn about mindfulness, one to one sessions are available.
I am professionally qualified to provide training in mindfulness and I am professionally insured for this purpose. I have gained a Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions having successfully completed professional training which abides by the guidelines laid out in the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations and accredited by the National Counselling Society. I have been actively engaging in mindfulness based meditation for many years.
I have a very long standing interest in mindfulness and the mind body connection so saw this as an opportunity to bring the 2 together in a very practical way. I am also seeing Tracy professionally for other issues so I knew her credentials were impeccable.
I have learned the value of making and taking time out to do mindfulness practice which can help to salvage a day which is becoming too stressed and over full. Once you have managed to identify a time slot to meditate the benefits can be great. Its amazing what a difference even 5 minutes out to focus on breathing can make!
I would thoroughly recommend the course. I think the course would be good to consolidate an existing interest or as an introduction to the area as no existing knowledge is presumed. I found there was a lot of sharing and learning from the others in the group too so we could encourage each other. If you are able to transfer the learning to other parts of your life it really does open up your eyes to so many wonderful things in life we all take for granted. This is a relaxed gentle introduction to the subject with plenty of time for reflection and questions.
Helen A. (NHS Researcher)
I often suffered with anxiety and found it hard to truly relax. I booked on the Mindfulness course as I had read a number of books about it, but could never quite get my head around the meditation side of things as I didn’t think I had the time. Tracy’s sessions had a great mixture of theory, discussion and meditation practice and helped me to understand the importance and benefit of taking the time to be truly mindful. As a result I am much calmer and happier in myself.
One to one sessions
Tracy's Mindfulness programme was great for me. Over several weeks the 1-2-1 course provided a really useful framework for tackling my anxiety. Combining theory with practical exercises (including audio meditation for home use), I found the course helped me to focus upon “the present” and achieve a better sense of perspective and calm.
Tracy is a great coach. Very professional, easy to talk with, supportive, caring and empathetic. Tracy really helped me to reflect and to challenge myself with some very simple Mindfulness techniques.
Undertaking the Mindfulness course has been very beneficial for me and I am very grateful to Tracy for the positive impact it has made to my well-being.