What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practise of paying attention to the present moment while calmly attending to, acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
We live life moment by moment, each one of those precious moments filled with remarkable experiences and sensations. Yet so often our minds are caught up in thoughts of the future or the past; future based thoughts usually drift towards predicting potential problems or the hope that the future will bring us happiness, thoughts of the past can drift towards past experiences that were troublesome or events we cling on to nostalgically that brought us joy. This can then lead to our minds obsessing over particular thoughts.
These thoughts may also have strong emotional elements such as anxiety or sadness. If our mind nucleates around these thoughts the associated emotional response can become drawn out and ultimately very unpleasant and unhealthy.
Regardless of whether those future/past musings were 'negative' or 'positive', being absorbed in them means we are effectively letting life pass us by without really noticing. Mindfulness is a programme that enables a person to awaken their awareness of life in its entirety and consequently develop a resilience towards the difficulties that we all face from time to time such as stress, pain, depression and anxiety.
The mindfulness course we run is an eight week programme of lessons. Each lesson lasts approximately one hour and involves the formal and informal practise of mindfulness as well as an explanation of the seven attitudinal principles that one approaches mindfulness with.
Over the duration of the course you will develop an understanding of how the regular discipline of mindfulness through meditation and informal mindful exercises can transform your ability to face life's difficulties with a genuine sense of calm and peace.
Though we can develop our own individual meditation alone, it can be very enriching to learn and evolve with others. Our mindfulness classes last for one hour and involve both formal meditation and informal mindfulness exercises, including mindful movement.
The classes will run on an eight week rotation with a structure very similar to the MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) or MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) courses. Everyone is welcome to join the classes at any time but if you have not had much experience of mindfulness we would ask that you either attend one or two individual one-to-one sessions before joining the class or join the first class of the eight week programme.
For more information about times and dates of mindfulness classes in Cambridge and Huntingdon please call Matt on 07910 453 649.