At last, the dark Winter days are over and Spring is here! But, how many of us are really paying attention to what is outside our window?
So much is happening right now! I originally trained as an environmental biologist and am now a passionate advocate of ecotherapy. I believe, and research has proven, that spending time out in nature is good for us! So, I invite you to step outside……. go to a local park, walk along a canal path, spend time in a bluebell wood, sit on a bench in your garden – and immerse yourself in the burgeoning life that is happening all around you this Spring.
Close your eyes and feel the warmth of the sunshine on your face and body; listen to the symphony of birdsong; feel the breeze in your hair and upon your cheeks and hands; look at the colours – the vibrant greens, the blossoms, the gorgeous blue-purple of the bluebells. Gently touch and feel the delicacy of petals, breathe in and smell the scents of the flowers and tree blossoms. Be fully present in these moments, experience them completely, with all your senses. And know that you are intrinsically connected to nature and can reconnect any time you choose to.
I’m delighted to be offering an 8 week mindfulness course in the community, starting 8th May. If you want to develop a regular mindfulness practice, better manage stress, calm the mind and cope with juggling a busy life, this is for you! Mindfulness can help you to develop compassion towards yourself and others, bring in a sense of well-being and to let go of judgemental thinking. Within a small group, this eight week life skills course will include mindfulness meditation, gentle stretching and movement, mindful walking, group dialogue and discussion, combined with your own home practice.
The course will take place at The Old School Community Hub, Ivinghoe, on Monday evenings on the following dates: 8th, 15th, 22nd May, 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th June, 3rd July. There are just 9 spaces in total and bookings are open.
For further information and to book your place on this course, please use my contact form or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a group-based programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, Centre for Mindfulness (CFM) for populations with a wide range of physical and mental health problems. It has been extensively studied since the late 1970s.
The ancient practice of mindfulness, adapted from its use as a spiritual practice, is rendered into an accessible form relevant to contemporary life with its accompanying stresses, stimuli and issues. The course is not tailored to any particular diagnosis. The course thus involves developing a mindfulness meditation practice together with discussion on stress and life skills. The evidence base on MBSR shows significant positive effects with participants with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, generalised anxiety disorder and panic, psoriasis, cancer and health care provider self-care.
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