Mindfulness is “Paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally”.
Why, and what does it really mean? In our current lives we are all so very, very busy no matter whether you are a student, a parent, married, single, working, or not working. Our busy lives are causing us all kinds of stress, tension and anxiety that seem to stop us simply enjoying life. Living our lives on “auto-pilot” just rushing around and getting things done means we often miss out on life itself, right now.
The phrase “paying attention in a particular way” means that we need sometimes to stop and pay attention to ourselves, take note of how we “are”, how we are really feeling and we need to do that very specifically in the “here and now”. How are you feeling right now? Whatever the answer to that question, when we tap into how we feel right now we need to do it non-judgementally; that is, not being critical in any way, simply being aware of how we feel is all that is required. Like any new skill you learn, it takes time to master it and needs daily practice.
Here at Chelmsford Counselling & Therapy Centre we offer Mindfulness based therapies where you will be taught mindfulness techniques along with your counselling sessions. We also offer mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) group based courses, which typically run for 2 hours per week for 8 weeks. We are also offering Midday Mindfulness for half an hour on a Tuesday lunchtime for anyone who would like to pop in and take a break from their busy day – an initial booking is required because these sessions are very popular. Any of these courses can also be run on your premises if you have 8-10 candidates and can be tailored to your needs.
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