Mindfulness Courses Hertfordshire
Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can change your life through training and strengthening your mind muscles; just like going to the gym strengthens the muscles in your body.
The practice involves learning to pay attention in a particular way to our surroundings, whether this is breath, sounds or bodily sensations, to develop an awareness of our own emotions, thoughts and feelings; becoming the observer of our minds.
Normally, we have a thought which we react to emotionally or mentally often causing it to spiral out of control; whereas the practice of mindfulness teaches us to notice the thought and more accurately assess our response to this. Therefore, realising that our thoughts are not the problem and developing coping strategies to prevent our mind engaging in a process of overthinking.
How can the Mindfulness Space help?
Here at the Mindfulness Space, we offer group courses, such as the 8-week mindfulness-based living course and the 8-week mindfulness-based compassion course. For individuals who may prefer one-to-one versions of the courses, this is available.
Mindfulness helps us to recognise how our minds tend to jump from dwelling in the past to worrying about the future. The past is just that the past we cannot change it and the future, well it is not here yet. Mindfulness allows you to live more in the present moment, noticing any triggers that affect our mood-states and offers an alternative perspective on situations. This new skill can help break negative cycles of anxiety, stress and depression. The mindfulness-based living course, unlike other courses, covers the importance of compassion and self-compassion, alongside viewing the bigger picture of our lives. This can help to develop and maintain a positive perspective of life.
For people who have completed an 8-week programme, there is the opportunity to participate in either weekly mindfulness sitting practice groups, or a once a month meet up. This helps participants to continue with their personal practice after the 8-week course has finished.
What are the benefits of using mindfulness?
Regular mindfulness practice can bring about long-term changes in mood, levels of happiness and wellbeing. Studies show that mindfulness not only prevents depression, but also positively affects the brain patterns associated with daily anxiety, stress, irritability and chronic pain. Other studies illustrate that regular meditators visit their doctors less frequently and have fewer days off work; alongside improving memory, creativity and reaction times.