What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the deliberate intention to pay attention to our thoughts, feelings and sensations in the present moment without judgement or criticism. Although its origins are within Buddhism, Mindfulness is not a religion and it is not a passive, hippy, tree-hugging or fluffy way to escape our difficulties. It is a challenging practice involving an exploration of ourselves- since it is only with awareness that we can choose how to respond to situations rather than react with knee-jerk or habitual responses. There is a huge amount of scientific research supporting the use of Mindfulness in pain, anxiety, and depression relapse (among others) and is suitable for all ages. Mindfulness and meditation can help you to feel happier, calmer, have more clarity and reduce stress, pain and improve your wellbeing.
I am an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness teacher (listed with the British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA https://bamba.org.uk/) formerly the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations). I am able to offer Mindfulness within personal therapy, if requested, either running alongside our counselling work or as stand-alone sessions.
I offer two different Breathworks 8 week mindfulness courses (as a group or for individuals); the cost for groups will be dependent upon the venue and numbers expected (approx £160, although this figure may change). For individuals, it is £30 per hour session plus a one-off fee of around £25 for resources (2 books and 4 guided meditation CDs or download).
Mindfulness for Health is a course for those with chronic pain and long-term health conditions. We explore primary and secondary sources of suffering, and learn that we have the potential to reduce the secondary suffering through mindfulness and thereby turn down the pain volume. We also look at acceptance, pacing and how to set baselines in activity to avoid cycles of boom and bust. Participants regularly report reductions in their pain medications on this course. The next Mindfulness for Health group course TBA, however one-to-one sessions are always available.
Mindfulness for Stress is for those with stress and/or anxiety. We explore how our thoughts affect our mood and how we can manage them, among other topics. The next Mindfulness for Stress course TBA, however one-to-one sessions are always available.
Both courses include Mindful Movements, which are very gentle and based on Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga and Pilates. We also explore simple neuroscience and physiology to underpin some of the concepts we discuss. The group work offers insights and learning from others and is also a supportive environment. The Breathworks approach differs to other Mindfulness courses due to the high level of self-compassion and kindness throughout the teachings and meditations. There is always a tea break with biscuits and lots of fun!
After the completion of any 8 week course, there will be an optional day retreat (held locally, of 4-5 hours) where any previous Breathworks course participants can join us for meditations, talking about how our practice is going, the challenges we are experiencing, and there are Mindfulness exercises and Mindful Movements. It's very relaxed and informal and we usually share lunch as this is held on a weekend day.
Monthly meditation Group
This group is open to anyone, whether you have no experience of mindfulness or meditation or if you have 20 years. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm in Maesgwyn Community Centre, Lilac Way, Wrexham, LL11 2BB (opposite Glyndwr University, and NOT Maesgwyn Hall on Mold Road!). Dates for 2020: January 22; February 26; March 25; April 22; May 27; June 24; July 22; August 26; September 23; October 28; November 25. Please be aware that I have not booked my annual holiday, and as such the dates over the summer may be subject to change.
We have two meditations or we may do one meditation with a Mindful Movement practice. There is space to discuss our practices or whatever arises from meditation and refreshments. If you have a yoga type mat, cushions and blanket, please bring along as I only have limited supplies, and it might be useful to bring an extra pair of socks! The cost is £9 (or £7 in advance) and the first session is FREE. Please contact me for further details of how to book to secure your place. This is a very warm and welcoming group and you would soon feel at your ease.
Coming soon… a second monthly meditation group and Cwtch – a women’s circle with a spiritual emphasis.
Kim has delivered a variety of bespoke mindfulness workshops and taster sessions for various organisations, conferences and educational establishments. Please feel able to contact her directly to discuss the needs of your organisation or event.