Mindfulness

lsm circleThe LifeSkills Mindfulness Course

LifeSkills Mindfulness is an eight session course based upon a standard Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) framework. Over more than thirty years there has been a growing mindfulness meditation movement of which Jon Kabat-Zinn was the early pioneer. The practice of mindfulness is a core element of Buddhism and has now been used in a variety of secular settings including for the treatment of recurrent depression and anxiety, for chronic pain and for a wide range of related conditions where particular mental habits lead to unhappiness, poor performance or sickness. There is a growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating the efficacy of mindfulness based practices.

Mindfulness techniques are now not only offered as standard treatments in the NHS but are also becoming a part of well-being initiatives in schools to establish healthy thinking habits. These are of great value for the fit and healthy as well as those suffering from particular physical, emotional or mental difficulties.

Mindfulness is of great benefit for mental health and well-being especially when combined with a broader life assessment. Investigating key areas of our lives together with mindfulness practice, helps to give insight into our life and behaviours and release us from stress.

LifeSkills Mindfulness (LSM) includes consideration of life context and uses some Buddhist concepts to describe this. However, LSM is a secular course requiring no particular religious affiliation.

The LSM Foundation Course:

– eight two hour sessions based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) framework

– course normally includes a one or two week break

– sessions include mindfulness practice and exercise sessions as well as teaching and feedback

– course notes structured on the eightfold path of Buddhism and linking with the course text book

– recommended course text book (provided by participants)

– secular approach assuming no particular religious affiliation

– current course fee is £100 (under review for 2014 courses)

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