WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is a life skill that involves becoming aware of what’s happening when it’s happening. In this busy world most of us tend to live our lives on autopilot without noticing what is going on within us or around us. We tend to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and begin to live ‘in our heads’. We become caught in thoughts not recognising how these thoughts drive our emotions and behaviour.
When we train in Mindfulness we are training to notice when our mind is distracted by the past or future and we deliberately bring it back to the present moment. Training to become more present can reduce stress and improve our wellbeing.
WHAT MINDFULNESS IS NOT
Just Meditation on a cushion - meditation is a way to practice, develop and strengthen the principles of mindfulness as a way of being, which is (kind, curious, compassionate and accepting towards yourself and others)
Time constrained - the ability to be mindful is with us in every moment, there is always an opportunity to practice
Just about Relaxation - mindfulness can bring a sense of relaxation and calmness however, these are just by-products of practising. The goal of mindfulness in not to relax and tune out, what we are trying to develop is awareness (tuning in to what’s going on).
Not about emptying your mind or escaping reality - mindfulness is recognising what’s happening thoughts, feelings, body sensations and accepting that that’s what’s happening naturally without preference
Being selfish or lazy – to train in mindfulness takes practice and commitment therefore by definition it is not being lazy. If we constantly think that we have to put others first, that we can’t take time to recharge our batteries to help us cope better then, it’s reasonable to assume we risk burnout. Becoming a burden to others rather than being able to give of ourselves in ways that help nourish.
FREE ONLINE COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS SESSIONS
Due to current CV restrictions all our teaching sessions are online in collaboration with local community groups.
Jan Grigg has been teaching free daily Mindfulness sessions every morning during the lockdown from 8.30am-9.15am. Please email Jan Grigg for more information about how to join the groups
BESPOKE MINDFULNESS TRAINING FOR ORGANISATIONS
Jan and Elke are very happy to speak to you about creating and teaching online training courses for your organisation during the CV lockdown situation and as we return to more normal working practices.
We have replaced our face to face group teaching sessions with teaching of large online community groups since March 2020 and have found the new platforms work well and many people have benefitted from our daily practices.
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for more information about creating and teaching bespoke Mindfulness Training courses for your organisation.
BEING CALM IN A CRISIS
Short Term Calm in a crisis
During the current lockdown situation, many people have felt anxiety, fear and depression which has hampered their ability to think clearly and be effective. This is a natural human biological adrenaline response to perceived threat, and not our fault. Mindfulness Training can help us learn to be more calm in a crisis in the short term by returning our minds to the present moment, by helping us to recognise and let go of thoughts which cause anxiety, helping us to rebalance our nervous system and down-regulate the stress response. Although Mindfulness Training is generally not a 'quick fix' solution to long term stress, it can still be helpful to be guided by experienced meditators to help us calm down in an immediate crisis such as this current situation. We are happy to help, one to one, or in groups.
Longer Term Changes
In the long term, Mindfulness helps us to gradually get to know our own minds, spotting and letting go of unhelpful habits that run our lives (over-thinking, cycles of negative thinking which lead to lowering of mood, self-esteem issues etc) and we learn to accept ourselves more fully and relax our inner critic. Once we notice and accept what's happening we then have the potential choice to change; consciously setting intentions to replace old patterns and habits with new healthier ones. These changes take time, and people only really see change if they commit to engaging with daily practices over several weeks and months. We love taking people through longer term courses and seeing the positive changes people go through.
We look forward to discussing the needs of your staff and planning how best to meet their health and wellbeing needs.
Don't hesitate to call us
Jan Grigg +44 (0) 7855 926645
Elke Ambrose +44 (0) 7739 793389
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We look forward to discussing how we can help.
THE HIDDEN COST OF ANXIETY AND STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE
Work-related stress is one of the most commonly reported causes of occupational ill-health in Britain. It not only damages health and wellbeing but can also harm an organisation's productivity, competitiveness, reputation and profitability.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that 11 million days a year are lost at work due to stress.
HSE estimates that for every £1 claimed through insurance for employee ill health £8-36 is lost due to sick pay, lost output, loss of expertise and loss of reputation.
Training your staff in Mindfulness can help to; reduce stress, anxiety and conflict. It is also shown to increase resilience and emotional intelligence, while improving communication.
Introducing mindfulness to your workplace won't prevent conflict or difficult issues from arising. However when these issues do arise employees are more likely to acknowledge, hold, and respond skilfully. With Mindfulness practice we learn to develop the inner resources that will help us navigate through difficult, trying, and stressful situations with more ease, comfort, and grace.
MINDFULNESS BASED LIVING COURSE
The Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) is based on the Mindfulness Association’s Mindfulness One Year Training.
It consists of eight two hours sessions, over an eight week period. A whole day of Mindfulness practice may be offered if the group would like to attend at a time agreed by the group.
Participant numbers are generally between 8-15 people. The sessions are conducted in a friendly and supportive manner, providing a safe place to come and practice.
The weekly themes are:
Week 1 – Start Where We Are-and we are really ok when we sit together!
Week 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present-learning to be at home in our skins
Week 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support-when we get distracted we have somewhere to 'land'.
Week 4 – Working with Distraction-we all get distracted and its ok!
Week 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent-the non-stop thoughts that bubble up all the time
Week 6 – Attitude of the Observer-learning to watch our thoughts rather than get carried away
Day of Practice (this can be agreed by the group and may be a follow on day)
Week 7 – Self-acceptance-learning to be kind to our experience
Week 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life-learning to make everyday life more mindful
Follow Up – The Rest of Your Life-we support the on-going practice for groups in the community by going along to their groups and guiding practice when requested.
TAILOR-MADE MINDFULNESS IN YOUR WORKPLACE SESSIONS
Our experienced Mindfulness Trainers will bring an effective wellbeing course to your organisation on-site or online.
A range of wellbeing packages to suit the needs of your Team and your Training Budget
MINDFULNESS-LITE TASTER SESSION
Offer your staff a 90 minute Mindfulness Taster session. We will leave your staff feeling inspired, refreshed and ready for a more productive, efficient working day ahead. We have found that groups who practice Mindfulness together have stronger feeling of togetherness and are more likely to collaborate and support each other in work.
HALF DAY AWARENESS AND COMPASSION BOOSTER
A tailor-made group session to suit the needs of your staff and your organisation. A whole morning or afternoon of activities for 3 hours with a coffee and snack break. Focus can be on relaxing practices and de-stressing. If your team needs a team-building session we can help focus your team on self-awarness and self-compassion which leads to greater team cooperation, creativity and natural cohesiveness within your organisation.
2 DAY 'NURTURE YOUR TEAM' MINDFULNESS COURSE
Is your team needing intensive nurturing? Give them time to calm down, lower stress levels, practice kindness to themselves and each other. The practices will become new tools and change the culture of your organisation to be more resilient, compassionate and effective at home and in the workplace.
(Chat with our staff about prices)