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Common questions that come up as people begin to explore mindfulness.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness refers to awareness. It’s a kind caring attention towards oneself or others.

The concept of mindfulness can also be referred to as “present moment awareness.” We could think of it essentially as the skill of becoming progressively more and more aware of our immediate experience with all its diverse aspects; physical, emotional and cognitive.

Is mindfulness a religion?

No. While mindfulness has in the past been associated with Eastern religions it is not a religion in itself and can be practised independently of any belief system.

What does sitting still with my eyes closed have to do with my job, or my life in general?

You don’t have to sit, nor do you have to have your eyes closed. It’s a kind caring attention towards oneself or others whether that’s at work or at home. Research suggests that bringing this awareness into your daily life improves health and wellbeing.

However, deliberately sitting with your eyes closed for a sustained period of time is often helpful in developing a mindfulness practice.

What's the difference between mindfulness and meditation?

Meditation is a skill that can be practiced where as mindfulness is a state of being which is characterised by kind caring attention.

Mindfulness can often be developed through the practice of meditation.

Can anyone benefit from mindfulness?

Yes, anyone can benefit from mindfulness. If you have ever experienced fear, insecurity, overwhelm, worry, frustration or anger you will benefit. If you’ve ever wanted to be more resilient, effective, creative or patient you may find mindfulness helpful too.

What is MBSR?

MBSR stands for Mindfulness-based stress reduction. MBSR is an eight-week evidence-based program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to assist people with stress and pain management. It was first developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

We use aspects of MBSR in our 8 week courses.

What is MBCT?

MBCT stands for Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. MBCT is an eight-week evidence-based program that uses CBT methods in collaboration with mindfulness meditative practices and similar psychological interventions. It was first developed by Mark Williams and his colleagues at Oxford University.

We use aspects of MBCT in our 8 week courses.

Questions we're often asked about our courses.

What is a mindfulness training course?

Mindfulness training is a systematic way of cultivating mindful awareness. Mindfulness training enables the practitioner to appreciate their immediate sensations, thus bringing emotional stability and a general sense of well-being. As the training also involves learning how to become more objective about our thought processes, it can help with the individual’s understanding, practical communication and relationships with others.

Why is the course 8 weeks long?

The Course combines evidence based mindfulness programmes MBSR/MBCT. These programmes are 8 weeks in length.

  • Learning the basics of Mindfulness is the focus of sessions 1-4
  • Learning how to handle mood shifts is the focus of sessions 5-8

What is a silent day retreat?

A silent day of mindfulness practice, with guided teaching throughout. Retreats offer the time and space to be with ourselves. In the busyness of everyday life, we rarely have opportunities to step back and reflect.

Silent retreats offer a space to see what it is like to experience the familiar practices back to back led by the instructor. The day retreat also allows us to explore a degree of solitude, while having the support of the group.

We will usually run a silent day retreat as part of our 8 week courses. If you are new to mindfulness we recommend contacting us before booking a retreat.

To learn more or book a retreat visit our courses page.

What happens if I miss a session?

We encourage each participant to attend all the sessions. However, if you do miss a session, we appreciate that you let us know beforehand, or at your earliest convenience.

We offer a 30min phone/email or in-person session that you’ll need to arrange with your teacher at a day/time that is suitable for you both. The teacher will be happy to support you, however the onus is entirely upon you to make this happen.

Are concessions available for your course?

Yes! Please get in touch to find out more.

Concessionary places are limited for each course and decided on a case by case basis.

How can I sign up for a course?

You can sign up on our courses through Eventbrite.

You can also use the contact form.

How do I pay for a course?

Eventbrite tickets, or through BACS.

If you wish to pay using another method please contact us by emailing info@mindfullybeing.co.uk.

What happens after an 8 week course?

If you wish to continue studying mindfulness within a structured environment we offer a number of follow on courses as well as day retreats, and weekend retreats. To learn more you can visit our courses page.

What are the differences between your courses?

Short courses. These offer a great stand alone introduction for both beginners and intermediate practitioners. Ideal for people with limited time commitment or those needing a motivation boost. Open to all, but ideal for beginners. They can also be seen as stepping stone to further mindfulness training.

Long courses. The most popular of these being our 8 foundation courses. Which combines MBSR/MBCT evidence based mindfulness programmes. Like our shorter courses they are open to all, but ideal for beginners and experienced practioners. We recommend these courses if you want to make mindfulness part of your daily routine.

We also offer, follow-on, online, face to face, one to one courses as well as bespoke corporate training.

To learn more please get in touch by emailing info@mindfullybeing.co.uk or use our handy contact form.

Do you offer courses for businesses or organisations?

Yes, we offer courses for businesses and organisations. These are bespoke courses designed to meet the needs of the organisation.

To learn more visit our at work page.

Do you have questions? Are you interested in attending a course?

“Don’t let life harden your heart.”