What’s the difference between a mindfulness app or doing a proper 8 week course?

People often ask me what the benefits of a course are over an app. There are many big differences.  One of them is as follows:  Mindfulness can be very relaxing. People think that by doing a 10 minute app track that they find relaxing, they are getting to grips with what mindfulness is about.  There is little point (other than 10 mins of relaxing time out) in living like a headless chicken and using mindfulness practice like an antidote to the rest of one’s life. The real gold in mindfulness training is the translation of the skills into your every day life. When you start to actually BE more mindful rather than DOING a mindfulness practice. It really feels like you live differently and with more ease whatever is happening.  It feel like you can cope with more before you get reactive or angry or overwhelmed. This is what a good mindfulness teacher is there to help with.  Even people who have done  apps for several years come on an 8 week mindfulness course and learn a lot so why not give it a go?

Mindfulness course participant comment  “It is already proving very useful in daily life. I am finding that my anxiety levels are a lot lower and I am able to respond to stressful situations rather than reacting to them. I am sleeping better and I am much more aware of what is ‘going on’ inside me and how I am holding myself. My head is clearer and I feel less overwhelmed by situations.”

FREE taster session Leeds city centre run by Mindfulness in Schools (MiSP) and open to any interested adults

Mindfulness in Schools (MiSP) are offering a FREE Taster session on October 4th 2017 2.30 -5 pm in the centre of Leeds, which is open for anyone to attend. This will give you a taste of what mindfulness is and then go on to tell you about its roles for adults and children in education. You can go to this link on eventbrite to book your free place using this link   MiSP Information Session

Mindfulness in Schools (MiSP) are offering a FREE Taster session on October 4th 2017 2.30 -5 pm in the centre of Leeds, which is open for anyone to attend. This will give you a taste of what mindfulness is and then go on to tell you about its roles for adults and children in education. You can go to this link on eventbrite to book your free place using this link   MiSP Information Session

Free Mindfulness Taster Session: 17th MAY 7.30 – 9pm

Come along to a  FREE Mindfulness Taster session .
To contribute to Mental Health Awareness Weeks, I will be running a free  mindfulness taster session on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at 7.30- 9pm. It will be held at the Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Community Centre, 311 Stonegate Road, Leeds LS17 6AZ.

You can book directly on eventbrite at the following link 
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mind-over-matter-an-introduction-to-how-mindfulness-can-help-you-tickets-24283307025

MYRIAD PROJECT

This is the Oxford University Centre for Mindfulness Project for Mindfulness  and Resilience in Adolescents (or MYRIAD). There is considerable interest in teaching teenagers mindfulness as the most common age of first onset of any mental issues is now peaking at 13-15 years of age,which is a shocking statistic.  Would teaching mindfulness to all teenagers in a school setting  as part of the curriculum help prevent some anixety or depression delveopping  in the future? Would being able to manage their minds better helps to increase well being for this  part of the population?  The aim of  a large Welcome Trust funded reseach project is to study exactly this on a large scale and  I am very excited that I am one of the teachers selected to  teach on this prestigous project. I will be teaching gorups of teachers in schools in around Yorkshire and then these teachers (after a period of developing and consolidating their own practice) will be trained to teach teenagers. The outcomes in both staff and students will be measured.

Are you living life on autopilot?

Developing mindfulness skills can help you  see better how your thoughts can drive  feelings and behaviours.   Do you ever really notice what you are thinking when you talk to yourself (and yes everyone has some kind of self talk going on their heads)?  For example,  ‘ I have to get this done now’. We think it, believe it and react by chasing off on yet another task. Often the task will need doing but sometimes not, or at least not now this instant. Our behaviour is driven by the thought that often we didnt’ know we had been thinking! We are often not aware of what we think to ourselves and developing those awareness skills by practising mindfulness is the first step to having a choice about how we behave rather than just going through life on autopilot….. respond rather than react.

Mindfulness in Schools

Many people who learn mindfulness say they wish they had learnt it sooner.  The Mindfulness in Schools Project aims to extend mindfulness teaching in schools via its .b (Stop and Be) programm of mindfulness lessons aimed at year 9-12. If you might be interested to discuss mindfulness with school children, I am .b trained so do get in touch.

There is also a great 8 week course aimed specifically at adults who work with children (e.g. school teachers) which is having really beneficial impacts on staff in schools. If you school might be interested in a taster session on a staff inset day or after school, do get in touch and see what it is about.