Mindfulness for busy people
Event on 2013-03-12 19:30:00
Mindfulness for busy people
Mindfulness for busy people is based around the best-selling book, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. This book is based on cognitive scientific principles behind MBCT applied to today’s working life.
The mindfulness training programme in this book has been tailored to meet the needs of busy people. The course will be taught in a pragmatic, down to earth manner, with an emphasis on developing and embedding the skills you will need to apply mindfulness to your everyday life.
Mindfulness training normally costs around £150 per person. Places on this course are offered at a special low price of £70 as this course is being run as a pilot. This is an excellent opportunity to learn mindfulness for at very small financial investment.
What is mindfulness?
According to Professor Mark Williams (2011), Oxford University
"Mindfulness is a translation of a word that simply means awareness. It's a direct, intuitive knowing of what you are doing while you are doing it. It's knowing what's going on inside your mind and body, and what's going on in the outside world as well.
Most of the time our attention is not where we intended it to be. Our attention is hijacked by our thoughts and emotions, by our concerns, by our worries for the future, and our regrets and memories of the past.
Mindful awareness is about learning to pay attention, in the present moment, and without judgement. It's like training a muscle – training attention to be where you want it to be. This reduces our tendency to work on autopilot, allowing us to us choose how we respond & react."
What is the evidence base behind mindfulness?
Academic research into Mindfulness has grown exponentially in recent years. Learning to be more “mindful” in our approach to life and work has many benefits. Research demonstrates that mindfulness can:
- Increase your resilience and ability to cope under pressure
- Reduce burn out and improve well being
- Improve the quality of your relationships
- Improve your focus and attention
By living more in the present moment and having greater awareness and control of their minds, you can Stop habitual patterns of thought and reactions, some of which may have been holding you back or causing you suffering.
Ruby Wax, Meg Ryan, Goldie Hawn, Oprah Winfrey and US Senator Ryan have all benefitted from a more mindful approach to their life. Organisations that have run mindfulness programmes include Google, Apple, eBay, Transport for London, The Department of Health, General Motors, KPMG, McKinsey, and The US Military.
Who will be teaching me?
The course will be taught by Juliet Adams, Founder of Mindfulnet.org, Director of Ahead for Work. Juliet is in the final stages of completing her teacher training in compliance with the UK teacher training standards.
Juliet has many years of experience working with leaders of large organisations in the UK and abroad from the police to multi nationals. She is a fellow of Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and holds a Masters Degree in Training & performance Management. She recently organised the first conference on mindfulness in the workplace, and hosted a series of web seminars on mindfulness at work for an international audience.
When and where will the course be held?
The course will be run in Soham (CB75JA). The course will run for 8 weeks on Tuesday evenings for two hours.
Is the course for me?
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from this course. Some people will find it easier than others. If you do decide that you'd like to learn to be more mindful, you do need to commit to attending every session, and find time to practice at home in between sessions.
Although NICE recommend mindfulness as a "treatment of choice for recurrent depression", this course is not suitable for people undertaking treatment for depression or experiencing significant mental health issues. If you are unsure, please email Juliet to discuss your individual needs further.
Soham, United Kingdom