What is Mindfulness?
Have you ever noticed how you get caught up in your head, thinking about the next thing to do, worrying or re-living the past? Experts say we spend up to 47% of our waking moments in autopilot! Mindfulness is a way of training your mind to be more aware of the here and now so we can actually live life in the present. It enables us to hold attention where we choose, rather than what our thoughts or feelings dictate. It’s aim is not to try and control or suppress our thoughts or distract from our feelings but to enable us to see them for what they are – mental events. Learning to look at our thoughts rather than from them means we no longer have to over identify with what our mind is telling us. If we can learn to notice our experiences, take a step back, we are freed to choose how we want to respond. This increases the likelihood that we can start acting in ways that are more healthy and helpful and move us towards a better life. Finally, Mindfulness enables us to be more present in those moments that really matter, so we can appreciate them in all their glory rather than being “there but not there”.
Mindfulness with Bridget Maddison
"I am committed to developing my practice and understanding of mindfulness, and over the last few years have completed training with the Breathworks Mindfulness Organisation. I am now an Accredited Mindfulness Teacher.
Breathworks is a charitable organisation providing evidence based mindfulness and compassion focused programmes for individuals and organisations as well an Accredited Teacher Training programme. Breathworks is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists."
Individual Mindfulness Programmes
• Mindfulness for Health *
• Mindfulness for Stress
*This course is relevant for those experiencing chronic health conditions (including Long Covid, chronic pain, and degenerative conditions.
These are both 8 week courses with accompanying course readers:
The Mindfulness for Health and Little Mindfulness Workbook can form the basis of an individual programme which we can work through together supported by in session practice alongside access to the free online meditations and downloadable exercise sheets linked to the books. This gives you the opportunity to gain from an evidence based programme with the benefit of an individual learning experience tailored to your needs and interests.
"Clinical trials have shown that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers, and can enhance the body's natural healing systems. Mindfulness can also reduce the anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion, and insomnia that arises from chronic pain and illness".
Mindfulness for Health, Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman
"Expert author Gary Hennessey brings together his 35 years of experience as one of the UK's leading practitioners for his new book The Little Mindfulness Workbook, a practical guide to everyday mindfulness techniques.
Using transformative techniques and exercises coupled with the theory behind the practice, each chapter of the book builds on the outcomes of the last helping the reader to build a repertoire of techniques"
The Little Mindfulness Workbook, Gary Hennessey
If you would like to find out more about Mindfulness for Health or the Mindfulness for Stress Programmes, do get in touch with Bridget.
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, ACT and Mindfulness Therapist