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Tuesday 11:15 - 18:15
Thursday 14:00 - 18:00
Saturday 13:30 - 17:30
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What is mindfulness, and how does it work?
Unlike mantra meditation, which involves focusing concentration on a particular word or sound, mindfulness aims to achieve a relaxed, non-judgmental awareness of your thoughts, feelings and sensations. Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says that mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment.
Buddhist monks have been practising a similar technique for 2,500 years, but western medicine caught on in the late 1970s when a US medical professor, Jon Kabat-Zinn, began successfully treating patients with chronic pain using a secular programme he called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. In 2002, Williams and colleagues from Cambridge and Toronto universities devised Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, aimed at helping prevent the relapse of depression.
Mindfulness is increasingly being shown to be very helpful both for people who aren’t experiencing any particular difficulties in life, and for those who are. It is now widely used in business, education and even sport. However, the modern ‘wave’ of secular mindfulness began with programs that were originally developed for use in healthcare settings.
What is MBCT and MBSR?
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) are two very similar 8-week mindfulness programs consisting of eight roughly two-hour sessions (one per week). They also include a routine of daily practice at home using guided mindfulness tracks (provided). MBCT and MBSR have both been shown to be clinically effective in enhancing mental well-being.
MBCT is an integration of most of the MBSR course (developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn), with elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). It was originally designed to help people who have a vulnerability to depression and there is strong and growing evidence for its effectiveness. Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been used for over 30 years as a program to help people manage the stress of chronic pain and extreme health conditions. In controlled trials it has also been shown to reduce anxiety. In fact, one study has shown MBSR can reduce anxiety by 70%. Significantly, MBSR has now been shown to reduce stress in healthy people too, and it is used widely around the world now for the general public and in workplace settings.
Similarly, there is now evidence that MBCT can and reduce anxiety brought on by ordinary stressful life situations, as well as enhancing wellbeing and increasing self-compassion.