What We Do…….
Mindfulness in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley offers mindfulness courses and 1 to 1 sessions for adults, together with specialised mindfulness training for teenagers, school children, and teachers. We also offer an eight week mindfulness course, one day mindfulness taster days, refresher mindfulness courses, and a one day silent retreat.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a way of being, which intertwines the mind, body and heart.
Mindfulness meditation is a way of training the mind to be in the present moment. Through regular meditation practice participants cultivate a greater awareness, paying attention to what is happening as it happens, and doing so with an attitude of kindness, acceptance, and non-judgment.
Mindfulness results in developing greater self-awareness, and enables us to engage with life with more joy, empathy and resilience. It nurtures and deepens our understanding of our true self, and how we can respond to difficult emotions and experiences with greater wisdom and flexibility. Over time, we learn to live with greater happiness and vitality.
The Mindfulness meditation is a secular course is founded in the principles of mindfulness-based stress-reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).
Who started Mindfulness meditation?
Mindfulness Stress Reduction was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the late 1970’s in USA as a means of helping people experiencing chronic pain and stress.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was more recently developed within the Oxfordshire Mental Health Team by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale this combines meditation techniques with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
MBCT is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK. There is a wealth of evidence to support that Mindfulness meditation offers us the opportunity to live life with greater happiness and vitality.
In the field of Mindfulness, another important charitable organisation is Youth Mindfulness. Their work is devoted to developing and delivering mindfulness programmes for children, adolescents and young adults. They believe that all young people have within themselves the capacity to be aware, kind, resilient and courageous, and that with the practice of mindfulness these strengths can be awakened and cultivated.