The Bath course venue :
Combe Down Branch Surgery
Sulis Manor Road
House, 3 Grove Rd, Redland, Bristol, BS66UJ
Until one is
committed there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always
Concerning all acts of initiative and creation there is one
elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid
The moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help what would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising to one’s favour
all manner of unforeseen accidents and meetings and material assistance
which no one could have dreamed would come their way.
Whatever you can do or
dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
To contact me for more
information or to discuss the Mindfulness MBCT courses in Bath, Bristol and
please call me on 01761 437214 or 07729 866 258 or if you
prefer email my email address is email@example.com . All enquiries are
handled in strict confidence, in accordance with the Ethical Guidelines of
UKCP. Below is some
practical advice for participants and potential participant of the
mindfulness course participants
Acquaint yourself with: 'The Mindfulness Way through Depression:
'Freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness' by Mark Williams and co'
if chronic unhappiness/depression is your main concern.
'Calming your anxious mind' J.
Brantley if concerned about anxiety related problems.
'Full Catastrophe Living' Jon
Kabat-Zinn if stress/general distress is your main concern. (See book
Eight weeks is a very short time in your
life. Try and set by enough time to give yourself the best
chance of laying deep and sound foundations from which to build your
future and practice. Give your self the peace of mind that you committed
yourself well to the course and that you did it sooner rather than later, or
not at all.
Sitting meditation and the breath is an
important part of the course and your future. Research the benefits and
practice the techniques of healthy breathing and good
sitting posture. This will be helpful in many ways. There is a lot of
information on the
Learn some simple relaxation breathing
techniques before the course.
During the course
Meditation often results in us feeling well and restored. However, this is
not the end of the story. To really get the most out of mindfulness
meditation so that a sense of wellbeing becomes our predominant state
certain attitudes need to be cultivated and developed.
Don't strive to gain perfection. Go easy
on yourself. Meditations sometimes don't feel as if they're beneficial or
'unsuccessful meditations'. There's always something to be learned from your
Ask questions. Sometimes we sit and feel
others might find our questions obvious. Often there are many of us sitting
thinking the same thing and the question doesn't get asked.
If having feelings of loneliness about
meditating stop and bring to mind that there are, in these very same moments,
thousands, maybe millions of people sitting meditating along side you.
Meditate when feeling most awake.
Try not to
develop unrealistic expectations of yourself or the course.
embarking on learning new skills it worth remembering we all took some
time to learn the fantastically complex skills of walking, talking,
reading and writing. The fundamentals of Mindfulness meditation aren't
as difficult and won't take as long to learn.
Procrastinating about meditating often
leads to people giving meditation up. The negative feelings that
procrastination generate become associated with meditation. We need to be
vigilant and use our increasingly honed awareness to prevent this taking hold.
When things don't appear to be going well
when learning a new skill we feel disappointed. This is natural, however, if
we are performing the skill well then we are not learning. Learning is
happening when we are not managing to perform the skill.
Habit can be very helpful and very
unhelpful. If unhelpful habit is leading to unhappiness, stress and
anxiety we need to become clearly aware that this is happening. Each
time we need to over rule the unhelpful habit. In time new helpful habit
will replace the unhelpful habit. Habits are well worn pathways in the
mind/brain. The brain is capable of building new pathways, even into old