Mindfulness Courses

Bath, Bristol and Wells

John Waller UKCP reg. psychotherapist

 

Home Mindfulness

 

 

 

 

 

 The Bath course venue :

Combe Down Branch Surgery
Sulis Manor Road
Odd Down
Bath
BA2 2AL

 

 

 

 

Bristol course venue:

Fulcrum House, 3 Grove Rd, Redland, Bristol, BS66UJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until one is committed there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.

 Concerning all acts of initiative and creation there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans.

 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.

Goethe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To contact me for more information or to discuss the Mindfulness MBCT courses in Bath, Bristol and Wells please call me on 01761 437214 or 07729 866 258 or if you prefer email my email address is jlwaller@uk2.net . All enquiries are handled in strict confidence, in accordance with the Ethical Guidelines of the UKCP. Below is some practical advice for participants and potential participant of the mindfulness courses.

Retreat Venue:              

The Ammerdown Centre
Radstock, Somerset, BA3 5SW.
 

 

 

 

 

Advice for mindfulness course participants

Orientation and preparation

  • 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 list page).

  • 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  internet.

  • 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 are 'unsuccessful meditations'. There's always something to be learned from your meditation.

  • 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.

  • When 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 age!

 

For Counselling & Psychotherapy go to:  www.mindfulapproach.co.uk