8 Week Mindfulness Courses for Health & Wellbeing
'Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom'.Viktor Frankl
The Mindful Choice offers the full 8-week MBCT/MBSR programme, workplace programmes, introductory workshops, and on-going practice support.
All courses are delivered by Emma Thom, a fully qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, trained at the University of Exeter. Emma offers mindfulness courses in the NHS and to the general public. Emma has also trained at the University of Oxford and teaches mindfulness programmes in the workplace.
For more information about Emma's background please see the About page. The Mindful Choice runs courses in Bath, and Somerset. Please see course locations to find or request a course near you.For those unable to attend the full 8 week course distance learning is available.
What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is essentially a way of focusing your mind on the present moment to enable you more choice on how to best to live your life. During the 8-week course you will learn news ways to manage day to day stress and explore ways to support yourself to manage any specific stressors that you may be experiencing, such as work stress, life changes, role stress or the stress associated with managing a chronic health condition. The mindfulness you will learn will help you to get to know yourself better so you can respond to life with more choice and care. This combination of mindfulness and compassion can greatly support mental clarity and to develop new ways to live. Through this process we develop calmness and spaciousness, a renewed appreciation of life, which will allow you to live life with greater intensity, fulfilment and ease.
The Benefits: A body of research has shown that mindfulness can boost positive emotions such as happiness, creativity and focus, and also reduce emotional stress, depression and pain. Scientific research using brain imaging has shown that people who practice mindfulness show a greater ability to cope with emotional upset and have an increased resilience to the stressors of life, even after just 8 weeks of training. Nonetheless mindfulness is not a quick fix. It takes considerable patience, time, effort and care in order to cultivate the conditions for effects to take place. However the investment is well worth it and most people who attend report long-lasting results
The 8-week MBCT/MBSR course will provide you with experiential learning of various mindfulness meditation practices and enquiry exercises to enhance awareness, and ultimately to help you live more fully and in each precious moment.
News: The Mindful Choice now works in collaboration with the Mindful Parenting and Community Project in Bristol. Together we have been awarded funding from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre to research and a number of course for parents, including MBCT for adopters, foster carers and fathers. Please get in touch for further information.
Mindfulness for N.H.S Staff: We are continuing to research MBCT courses for Hospital Staff at the Royal United Hospital Bath. Please see upcoming courses for further details.
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