UK based Mindfulness Training
Taster Session | Introductory Workshop | Course | Nurturing Continued Practice
IMPORTANT: These events are being delivered online via Zoom. Please read our Further Guidance around this before booking. Please also retain your Eventbrite booking confirmation email which will provide your Zoom access link.
Monthly Mindful Mondays
… exploring real life topics through the lens of mindfulness.
Meditation and the Inner Critic
It is not unusual for people to begin to meditate because they would like to feel differently, maybe less anxious, less stressed or more peaceful; only to be disappointed when meditation sometimes seems to exacerbate the very feelings they are hoping to alleviate.
Mindfulness involves bringing increased awareness to the unfolding of present moment experience with curiosity, openness and acceptance. With patience and practice these qualities allow us to more skilfully work with and learn from the challenging internal dialogue of the inner critic.
Taking the time to do this is important as the inner critic can be detrimental to our mental, physical and emotional health.
What will this session offer?
- Better understanding of mindfulness
- Explore the ‘Inner Critic’ through the lens of mindfulness
- Consider the role of meditation in nurturing more effective inner resources.
Monthly Mindful Mondays
This session forms part of our Monthly Mindful Mondays which generally run on the first Monday of each month * from 8 – 9pm.
- 7th March – Approaching Anxiety Mindfully
- 9th May – Mindfulness and Sleep
- 6th June – Mindfulness and Exercise
- 4th July – Inner Confidence
- 5th September – Meditation and the Inner Critic
- 3rd October – Deep Work
- 7th November – Responding to Burnout
- 5th December – Mindful Listening
Sessions will include a mixture of teaching, guided meditations and reflection space and will be led by either Robert Broughton or Sally Roberts in line with their particular areas of practice.
If you are new to mindfulness you can expect to
- understand some of the common misconceptions about mindfulness,
- be given some protected space to explore the session topic, and
- make informed decisions as to next steps.
If you already have an established meditation practice these sessions offer a regular opportunity to
- prioritise your practice
- connect with like-minded people
- integrate mindful awareness into different areas of your life.
*excluding January, Easter and August.
Researched benefits of a regular mindfulness practice include:
- a greater capacity for relaxation and calmness
- less worry, anxiety and lower instances of depressive episodes
- enhanced emotional agility, resourcefulness and resilience
- improved self-confidence, engagement and creativity
- better sleep quality, clearer thinking and decision making.
Please don’t forget…
As with any other skill mindfulness takes time to be learned. Whilst people may well experience a change in ‘state’ as a result of introductory sessions or ad-hoc use of an app, the researched benefits of mindfulness come from the regular practice of mindfulness meditation and the possibility of changes in ‘trait’**.
More in depth mindfulness training (both through our public and workplace programmes) is available for those looking to develop a regular meditation practice, either as a means of nurturing health and wellbeing or of developing inner resources and competencies for an ever-changing and sometimes challenging world.
“…the most important thing is to invest in emotional intelligence and mental balance, because the hardest challenges will be psychological” -Yuval Noah Harari
** ‘From States to Traits: the Latest Science on What Meditation can and Can’t Do’
Please click here for our further guidance around:
- Commitment required in attending a mindfulness course.
- Is it the right time for me to practice mindfulness, including details of times when care may be needed in joining a group mindfulness course.
- Using Zoom, including guidance on accessing the training and troubleshooting
- Practising Presence Online, how we ensure a supportive learning environment for yourselves and others
- What further information will I receive?
- What if I miss a class?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- How do I know if someone teaching mindfulness is appropriately trained?
- I am considering training to teach mindfulness, will this event enable me to do this?
- How your workplace might offer mindfulness training