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immediatemind | Member since July 2010 | Northampton, United Kingdom

MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
MBCT Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Meditation

9 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Courses
As pioneered by John Kabat-Zinn
Ongoing Courses available throughout the Year

Convenience
Courses can be provided in the comfort of your own home or place of work
At times and places suit you or via Distance Learning
We can provide a comprehensive Individual or Group MBSR or MBCT package to suit your needs.

Contact us now to discuss your requirements.

"Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We can also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation and healing."....... Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD
Mindfulness helps you become more aware of what’s happening in your mind and body, giving you the chance to respond more effectively. It doesn’t require any religious or spiritual beliefs and none are taught in Mindfulness. You will learn techniques which are thousands of years old, and have been refined by expert psychologists and are therefore relevant for modern day living.
Mindfulness training encourages both awareness and acceptance of thoughts and emotions, teaching us to recognise these phenomena as simply temporary ‘weather patterns’ of the mind. We all have this inbuilt ability to be fully present; it is however something we simply overlook in our attempts to think our way out of problems.
This strategic approach enables us to be fully present ‘living in the moment’ without feeling the need to try to change our experience. You will learn techniques which will anchor you in the present, rather than being carried away by your mind.
Mindfulness is the ideal vehicle for pure personal development, teaching you how to utilise your naturally existing inner resources in times of difficulty.

Commitment and Perseverance.

Just as training your body takes time and effort, so training the mind also takes commitment. To benefit from mindfulness you need to be willing to do challenging homework each day during the course, involving some meditation and simple yoga practices.
Please note perseverance and commitment to daily home study is of paramount importance in the practise of mindfulness. It is essential that all participants understand the ultimate aim of mindfulness is to cultivate increased awareness rather than simply seeking a more relaxed state, which may or may not be achieved as a by-product of mindfulness.

(MBSR) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction intervention has been scientifically tested and found to help individuals manage their stress and improve physical and mental health.

(MBCT) Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is especially effective in helping people who have had a history of depression.
In between goals is a thing called life that has to be lived and enjoyed.

"He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise."
William Blake

Courses

What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
The MBSR course schedule consists of nine weekly classes with the first session being an initial consultation and orientation allowing both parties the opportunity to discuss if this course of development is appropriate for them at that point in time. This is then followed by eight weekly sessions each session teaches new skills and offers a deepening into those already learned.
All of our sessions can be booked individually or as entire 9 week course and are undertaken at your home or place of work.
This highly participatory, practical course, pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, includes:
Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
•Gentle Yoga
•Discussion aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
•Daily home mindfulness and meditation assignments
Individually tailored instruction
•E-mail support
Scientific research indicates that the majority of people who complete the course report:
•Continued decreases in psychological and physical symptoms
•Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to manage persistent pain
•Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
•Improved self-esteem
•Enhanced ability to cope more effectively with both long and short-term stress
•An increased ability to relax

What is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is founded on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course it is a non-drug based treatment, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale adapted MBSR into a 9 week course with the first session being an initial consultation and orientation allowing both parties the opportunity to discuss if this course of development is appropriate for them at that point in time. This can be undertaken at your home or place of work.

MBCT is specifically designed for people who have experienced more than two episodes of depression.
In addition to the skills taught in MBSR, participants in MBCT courses are taught skills to disengage from the habitual ‘automatic’ repetitive re-running of habitual ‘automatic’ negative thoughts, which increases vulnerability to depression relapse. MBCT teaches the intentional ‘shifting’ of mental gears, using present moment awareness. The focus is on becoming more aware, moment by moment, of thoughts and feelings as simply temporary ‘weather patterns’ of the mind. This develops a different relationship to thoughts and feelings, allowing them to be seen as clouds of experience which move through our ‘sky’ of awareness and which are not necessarily the reality in any given moment.

Mindfulness can be challenging at times, the instructor is there to support your learning; and will be available via email to discuss any difficulties that arise as part of your practice, we also encourage you to have your own support system to enable getting the most out of the course.

Distance Learning Mindfulness Course.
You will have a weekly link of 45 minutes on the phone with a mindfulness instructor who will guide you through the syllabus of the 8-week programme.
You will need to commit to spending up to an hour each day:

•Listening and practising, using audio material
•Making notes of your experiences
•Undertaking some informal daily life practices.
What’s included?
•9 x 45 minute weekly phone link. The first session being an initial consultation and orientation allowing both parties the opportunity to discuss if this course of study is appropriate for them at that point in time.
•Teacher e-mail support between sessions.

Please note participants in this programme,

The cost of making the phone call (To a BT UK based Landline number) is not included in the fee – we ask that you call the instructor.

You will make the arrangements for the mutually pre-agreed timings of the phone calls with your instructor.

It is important that you keep to the times agreed, we are unable to make changes to the arrangements.

Scientific Research Findings

Medical Environment
The rehospitalisation rate among Medical and Psychiatric populations was 50% lower in patients undertaking awareness based programs.

Prison population

Results from a study showed that inmates participating in mindfulness programmes reported significantly less use of cocaine, alcohol and marijuana and fewer alcohol related negative consequences three months’ following release from prison.

Educational environment

Children have shown an improvement in their ability to focus and refocus their attention and ignore distracting stimuli as a result of an eighteen week breath-focused programme. These findings have clear implications for their use as an intervention for conditions such as (AADH) adolescent attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Investigations have also shown neural changes associated with these techniques.
Benefits of Mindfulness
•Reduction of stress.
•Improved emotional regulation.
•Improved management of negative emotion.
•Enhanced concentration.
•The ability to modulate immune function.
•People who practice mindfulness have been shown to manage physical symptoms better and get ill less often
•They are more productive at work and lead healthier more fulfilling lives.
Mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions additionally are beneficial in the treatment of:
•Depression.
•Anxiety.
•Panic disorder.
•Specific phobias.
•Binge eating.
•In the treatment of borderline personality disorder.
•In the treatment of suicidal/self-harm behaviour.
•In the treatment of substance use and abuse.
•And a reduction in relapse rates in incarcerated and formerly incarcerated population.

About Us

All of our clinicians are established mindfulness practitioner’s, who have undergone rigorous teacher training at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.

Immediate Mind delivers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and tailored programmes for Organisations individuals and groups.
Our clients are drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors we have links with health services, secure settings and other enterprises.
We commit to the principles and guidance set out in the Bangor University’s Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-based Approaches.
Immediate Mind aim to work in a safe and responsible way, adhering to relevant UK guidance on the delivery of coaching and training and maintaining an active link with current research through attending associated industry related Seminars and undertaking Continued Professional Development Training.

We also operate a set of policies and procedures designed to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of services.

For further advice please contact us via the contact page.

"A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. They experience themselves, their thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of their consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of love and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

Albert Einstein

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