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Introduction to Mindfulness

3rd September 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body approach to life that helps people relate effectively to their experiences. It involves paying attention to thoughts, feelings and body sensations in a way that can increase our awareness, help us manage difficult experiences, and create space for wise choices.

Though rooted in ancient traditions of meditation, mindfulness has become the subject of increasing scientific attention in recent years, as a rapidly-expanding body of research is suggesting it can help people manage a range of physical and mental health problems, as well as promoting well-being generally. Research has consistently shown that programmes based on mindfulness (such as mindfulness-based stress reduction MBSR, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy MBCT) can help people reduce their levels of stress, and mindfulness skills are now being used in medicine and mental health as well as in workplaces, schools and other community settings. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is now recommended in the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines for treating recurrent depression.

Mindfulness programmes which teach simple meditation practices have also been shown to significantly reduce relapse rates among people prone to depression, as well as helping people manage a range of other health conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, HIV, cancer, and sleep problems. It has been shown to improve immune system response and speed healing.

However, it’s not only people with a particular health problem who can benefit – mindfulness can help reduce stress and improve functioning in a whole range of life situations (eg in education, the workplace, at home) and help anyone live a happier, healthier, more engaged life. Research has shown that more mindful people have greater awareness, understanding and acceptance of their emotions, can pay attention and concentrate more easily, and recover from bad moods more quickly. They also enjoy more satisfying relationships.

In this half day workshop you will be introduced to the key concepts and the scientific research that underpins mindfulness today and how this relates to managing stress and health. Discussion is interspersed with guided meditations and simple, practical methods that you can take away and use in every day interactions in life.

If you would like to find out more about mindfulness and the benefits that mindfulness can bring for you, an introductory workshop is a good way to start; this can be taken as a stand alone session of mindfulness practice and discussion, or as a taster to help you to decide on the commitment to our full eight week Mindfulness for Living Well Course.


3rd September 2017
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


MIndful Guernsey


Les Cotils
Christian Holiday, Conference & Retreat Centre
Guernsey, United Kingdom
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