Mindfulness – Individual Or Group Workshops
It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your own life. Mindfulness meditation involves sitting silently and paying attention to thoughts, sounds, and the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander. We use this type of mediation practice to help people manage stress and anxiety and we provide workshops and taster sessions to introduce you to the world of mindfulness mediation. Learn to sit awhile and quiet your mind! Click here to view details of our Mindfulness Courses
Our tendency is to let our negative thoughts run away with us, such that we become disconnected from the real world, ruminating and brooding on only our failures and weaknesses. This type of thinking can lead to fatigue, stress and anxiety. If we let this type of thinking go further it can cause us to feel low or depressed. Being aware of our feelings, thoughts, and our breathing in the present moment can help us quiet down the negative chitter chatter, helping us to be more relaxed and alert. This type of awareness comes from the ancient discipline of mindfulness. Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre says "When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh many things in the world around us that we have been taking for granted," to experience the power of Mindfulness in 3 minutes.
Just sit quietly for 1 minute and open up all your senses as widely as possible and be alert to all the things that are happening around you. Notice sounds inside and outside of the room, the sound of a clock ticking, the sound of voices in the street a car door banging, a dog barking. If you listen carefully you can hear the leaves billowing in the trees or feel the cold or warm air on your face. Now concentrate on and be aware of every aspect of your breathing, feel the movement of your chest and belly, and feel the movement of air in an out through your nose or mouth. Do not be angry with yourself if your attention wanders but just gently bring your thoughts back to the sensations of your breathing. Allow yourself to feel refreshed and supplied by the air you breathe in. With each out breath imagine that you are breathing out the things that your body needs to get rid of and they are leaving your body, leaving it clean and refreshed. Breathe for around 1 minute, breathing in and breathing out - and feeling the benefits of both parts of that process.
If you like the feeling you had during this exercise and you want to learn more we can introduce you to the philosophy of mindfulness and how it works and how it can help you. During the 3 hour workshop will teach you some practical mindfulness exercises that give a flavour of the approach and that you can take with you, remember you can always take your breath with you no matter where you are! Click here to view details and book our mindfulness courses
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