About the workshop
It's not uncommon for many people to find they have a busy mind and feel unable to switch off. There is always a million and one things to do and a million and one things to worry about. The day passes us by, and we wonder where it has gone. The years pass us by, and we wonder where they have gone. It is so easy to live our lives based on the past and always looking towards the future that we end up missing out on the present moment.
Our brains have evolved to be deft at worrying, at thinking about short-term goals and being alert to threats in our environment and concerns for our safety. However, the threats we faced 10,000, 1,000 or even 100 years ago are not like those we see today. Today these threats are everywhere, in the shape of deadlines, traffic jams, bills, and the constant stimuli from TV, laptops and social media.
In a relatively short space of time, our lives have gone through huge cultural transformations. Just in the last 100 years, advancements in farming, industry, and technology have changed how we now live, how we sleep, eat, communicate, and survive. However, these environmental changes have occurred faster than our evolutionary adaptations, and often our minds struggle to keep up with these modern day demands. This is known by evolutionary psychologists as a ‘psychological mismatch’, that how our brains have evolved to work no longer suits the modern world, which ultimately affects our ability to cope.
There is a growing body of evidence that recognizes that mindfulness-based interventions support our mental health and dramatically improve our well-being. These interventions teach us how to stay grounded in such an anxious age. The methods taught in mindfulness training support personal growth, promote a broader perspective of how we see the world, and help us to live a more compassionate, fulfilled life.
In 2015 the UK Government published ‘The Mindful Nation Report’ in which they proposed the practice of Mindfulness as a reliable, safe, and natural tool to approach the issue of chronic stress experienced in contemporary society. In this way, mindfulness is to mental health what wholefoods are to a healthy diet or aerobic exercise is to physical fitness.
What you will learn in this workshop:
This workshop will cover the main principles of mindfulness, what methods and techniques are used, and how you can incorporate these methods and techniques into your daily life. We will look at the science behind how the accumulation of stress affects us over time and leads to a negative cycle producing even more stress, and how mindfulness has been clinically proven to help break this cycle and promote positive well-being.
Guided meditations will also be included, as well as tips and advice for developing and maintaining your own practice. You will also be given access to free downloaded material in the form of worksheets, cheat-sheets, and guided “go-to” meditations.