CENTRE FOR MINDFULNESS
Research and Practice
The 8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
We call the kind of moment to moment awareness invoked by tuning into your breath and to every other aspect of your life MINDFULNESS. It is developed by purposefully paying attention in a non-judgmental way, to what is going on in your body and mind, and in the world around us. Staying in touch in this way from one moment to the next, this shift in awareness, may lead to your seeing things somewhat differently, perhaps to feeling less stuck, or to a sense of having more options, more strength and more confidence in your possibilities, more wisdom…
The course aims to assist you in taking better care of yourself and in getting the most out of living.The majority of people completing the programme report lasting physical and psychological benefits including:
- an increased ability to relax
- greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- heightened self-confidence
- an increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.
The aim of the programme is to learn new ways to handle challenging physical sensations, feelings, moods or social interactions.
What does the course involve?
We run the mindfulness courses over 8 weeks –in 2.5 hour weekly classes. An experiential “all-day” class is included in week 6 when participants have the opportunity to experience a day of mindfulness and to notice the effects of this. A trained mindfulness instructor, who teaches the meditation practices and supports the participants’ learning, runs each course. Group discussions are an important part of this process. Each participant is also required to undertake up to an hour of home practice a day between classes. To get the most out of coming to the class requires some work on your part. It requires a strong commitment to work on yourself through a gentle but rigorous daily discipline of meditation and relaxation. Making the time commitment and the personal exploration involved can make the course seem stressful at times but it is also likely to be pleasurable and empowering as well.
Who is the course for?
The programme is known to benefit people with a range of problems of both a physical and a psychological nature, but it is not necessary to have a specific health problem to find it helpful. We all have times in our lives when we experience difficulty, stress and struggle and for some of us this is our daily experience. The problem or illness itself may not change but the way we relate to and cope with the difficulty may shift, making it all feel easier. Developing greater awareness can open us to be able to change how we approach our experiences – taking more pleasure in the good things and dealing more effectively with the difficulties. We can see how often we are missing the moments of our lives! We can see how our habitual and reflex reactions to events often add layers of difficulty for us on top of the original problem!
The course is therefore potentially open to any of us who are at a point in our lives where we wish to, and are ready, to look deeply at ourselves.
People do also come to mindfulness classes to gain skills in dealing with particular conditions. We have worked with people with a range of problems including:
- Heart disease
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and panic
- Sleep disturbance
- Cancer and other long-term illnesses
- Skin disorders.
Your Course Instructor
The mindfulness teachers who work with us at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice have been extensively trained in this approach and engage in a rigorous ongoing process of training and supervision.
two taster sessions (of I hour 45 mins)
- Monday 20 April: 1.15pm - 3pm
- Wednesday 22 April: 10.15am - 12pm
COURSE DATES: All sessions 09.15-11.45am
Session 1: Wednesday 29 April
Session 2: Wednesday 06 May
Session 3: Wednesday 13 May
Session 4: Wednesday 20 May
Session 5: Wednesday 03 June
Session 6: Wednesday 10 June
All Day: Saturday 13 June: 9.30am – 4pm
Session 7: Wednesday 17 June
Session 8: Wednesday 24 June
All CMRP Alumni are welcome to join our alumni association. Please visit http://www.friendsofbangor.org/ for further information.