Mindfulness-based stress reduction
Mindfulness offers us a means to shift towards a quality of being that is grounded, spacious, with more ease of mind, and choice in how to respond in any situation despite the circumstances we may find ourselves in.Read more
Within the context of mindfulness, self-compassion is a quality of responding to difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, gentleness and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting. Read more
Focusing for stress, anxiety & depression
In depression, stress and anxiety, we can often feel threatened or overwhelmed by our thoughts and feelings. It can despairing knowing how to be with such unpleasant experiences, especially if they are long-term. The magic of Focusing for Stress can offer you a way of receiving parts of yourself that is safe and transformative.Read more
Mindfulness-based stress reduction
Life can often feel stressful and challenging, even frantic, and sometimes it can feel as if that’s the only way it is!
The Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress course offers us a way of surfing the frantic waves of life.
This course will give you the tools to:
- Respond creatively in situations rather than overwhelm
- Have a quality of spaciousness and mental ease
- Help you develop an even keel though stormy seas
- Cultivate a quality of self care and emotional warmth to sustain you
- Feel calmer, happier with more choice
The course includes:
- Mindfulness sitting Meditation
- A host of Mindfulness practices for everyday living
- An emphasis on body and breath awareness for calming and grounding
- Learning and exploring mindfulness interactively and playfully in a friendly group context
No experience of mindfulness is required anyone may attend. You will have CDs with guided meditations to support your learning and practise between the sessions, and also for continuing your mindfulness development thereafter at home, when the course is complete.
You can’t stop the waves but you can learn how to surf
Whilst Mindfulness is crucial for emotional awareness, self-compassion is a responding to inner pain with gentleness and kindness to offer a formidable approach to soothing, comforting and positive change.
Self-compassion has three main qualities: self-kindness versus self judgment, common humanity versus isolation, and mindfulness versus over identification, when relating to painful experiences.
You will learn and benefit in the following ways
- How to move from harsh to kinder and tender to yourself
- How to connect with inner parts hurting for soothing, comfort and ease
- How to motivate with encouragement rather than criticism
- Self-compassion meditation
- ‘Saying hello’ to tender, vulnerable parts, and connect with underlying needs
- The practice of grounding and presence for wholeness and wellbeing
- Using movement, touch and posture for soothing
- Engaging in the process of self forgiving and other forgiving
- Inviting compassionate, encouraging and kindly self talk, from self blaming
- Focusing on the ‘treasure of pleasure’ approach to living
Research has shown that self-compassion
- Boosts happiness and reduces stress, anxiety and depression
- Significantly enhances emotional wellbeing.
- Help maintain healthy lifestyle habits (i.e, diet and exercise)
- Leads to greater ease and well-being and increases personal fulfilment
- Provides a powerful tool for emotional resilience.
‘The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are’
‘You can’t stop the waves but you can learn how to surf!’
Watch a TED talk by a researcher in self-compassion
Focusing for stress, anxiety and depression
Focusing for stress, anxiety and depression recognises the primary need for safety, and a supportive place to be in ourselves that is empowering and grounded; it is called being in presence.
This compassionate way forward is truly remarkable given that the healing comes from with the ailing part itself, when it is held in a loving context, through presence.
With this focusing approach you will learn
- How to be with despair that gently lifts and eases into more purpose and motivation
- How to embrace the hurt in you tenderly with care and kindness
- How to ‘Clear a space’ to promote space and ease
- Mindful breathing and movement that promote vitality and whole body awareness
- How to ‘Say Hello’ to those parts wanting empathic attention
As Eugene Gendlin, the founder of Focusing writes,
‘Our body knows the direction of healing and life. If you take the time to listen to it through Focusing, it will give you the steps in the right direction’.
This incidentally is my experience as someone who came through clinical depression many years ago – I can’t recommend this approach highly enough.
This is for anyone with a sense of curiosity and willingness to explore. The course is offered with your wellbeing in mind, where a sense of safety is primary, and you are invited to move at your own pace with respect and care.
‘When a part of me feels loved, it awakens to it’s own healing’