The particluar mindfulness practices that are learned on the course come from Buddhist meditation but they are skills that anyone can use and are taught in a completely non-religious way. In fact, we all have the ability to be mindful. It is simply something that we need to develop with practice. This is exactly what Mindfulness Training teaches us to do and is why homepractice is such an important part of the course. On the course, you will learn practices such as the Body Scan, Mindful Movement and Sitting Meditation but the aim is to be able to take what you learn in these practices into your everyday life.


  • Is simply about paying attention and coming into the present moment. This means that you can begin to experience your life with exquisite vividness.
  • It means learning to step out of constant doing and allowing yourself time for simply being.
  • It means taking time to pause and come back to your present moment experience time and time again. This means that you are present for everything - the beautiful aspects of your experience and also the uncomfortable and the boring.
  • It means learning to recognise when your mind is caught in unhelpful thought patterns, to gently untangle yourself and come back to the present moment.

Mindfulness is not ...

Just relaxation or making your mind blank or forcing positive thinking or suppressing unpleasant thoughts or emotions.

Mindfulness Training ...

Helps you to learn to see things as they are. It also helps you to let go of judgements, to be gentle with yourself. Mindfulness has been called "affectionate attention". It deepens our potential for kindness and understanding through developing our capacity to be present in each moment with an open-hearted attention to our experience.

Mindfulness ...

Helps us to step back and see our situation more clearly. This allows us to make wiser choices and to take better care of ourselves because bringing moment-to-moment awareness to stressful situations helps us to cope with them more effectively. It changes our relationship to our pain, our difficulties, our anxieties and our obsessions. It is a way of coming back to ourselves and living our lives more fully.

Benefits of Mindfulness Practice

  • Increased ability to relax.
  • Greater energy and enjoyment of life.
  • Improved self-confidence.
  • The ability to cope better with both long and short term stressful situations.
  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms.

Mindfulness is an invitation to move towards greater balance, control and participation in your life.

Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others. Think about what the experience of compassion feels like. Frist, to have compassion for others you must notice that they suffering. If you ignor that homeless person on the street, you can't feel compassion for how difficult his or her life may be. Second, compassion involves feeling moved by others' suffering so that your heart responds to their pain (the word compassion literally means to "suffer with"). When this occurs, you feel warmth, caring, and the desire to help the suffering person in some way. Having compassion also means that you offer understanding and kindness to others when they fail or make mistakes, rather than judging them harshly. Finally, when you feel compassion for another (rather than mere pity), it means that you realise that suffering, failure, and imperfection is part of the shared human experience, "Just like me..."

Self-compassion involves responding in the same supportive and understanding way you would with a good friend when you have a difficult time, fail, or notice something you don't like about yourself.

Instead of just ignoring your pain with a "stiff upper lip" mentality, you stop to tell yourself "this is really difficult right now... How can I comfort and care for myself in this moment?" Instead of mercilessly judging and criticising yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings - after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect? You may try to change in ways that allow you to be more healthy and happy, but this is done because you care about yourself, not because you are worthless or unacceptable as you are. Perhaps most importantly, having compassion for yourself means that you honor and accept your humanness. Things will not always go the way you want them to. You will encounter frustrations, losses will occur, you will make mistakes, bump up against your limitations, fall short of your ideals. This is the human condition, a reality shared by all of us. The more you open your heart to this reality instead of constantly fighting agaist it, the more you will be able to feel compassion for yourself and all your fellow humans in the experience of life.