Archive for the ‘Mindfulness’ Category

What a success! Mindfulness in Mind host Birmingham retreat day

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Last week, Mind in Salford and Mind in Hackney hosted a free urban retreat day in Birmingham for Mind Network staff from all over the country. Delivered under the ‘Mindfulness in Mind’ banner, attendees learnt about how mindfulness is used to support mental wellbeing, engaged in group practices, and were given an introduction to the Practitioner Training Programme (PTP).

We would like to say thank you to everyone who attended and express our appreciation for all the feedback we have received!

We were also extremely pleased to receive a video from leading Bangor University mindfulness practitioner, Eluned Gold, who produced an original presentaiton about the benefits of mindfulness during pregnancy and parenting.

 

 

About Mindfulness in Mind

Mindfulness in Mind, supported by national charity Mind, is the banner under which Mind in Salford and Mind in Hackney have delivered evidence-based 8 week mindfulness courses (MBSR – mindfulness based stress reduction, MBCT – mindfulness based cognitive therapy, MSC – mindful self-compassion) to the public since 2010.

 

Mindfulness is now recognised by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment option for depression and has been clinically evidenced to significantly reduce the symptoms of anxiety and stress. That is why we at Mindfulness in Mind believe it should be made available to anyone who experiences mental health issues.

 

Mindfulness in Mind also run the Practitioner Training Programme (PTP), a recognised 12 month pathway, which provides the foundation for seeking registration with the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers. We train fellow Mind colleagues, counsellors, CBT therapists, mental health practitioners and educators from all over the UK to deliver 8 week mindfulness courses. During the programme participants will be given guidance on submitting their application for registration with the UK Network and supported to attain the levels of competency outlined in the Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs).

 

Thanks again to all of our retreat day attendees, and if you want to learn more about mindfulness or book on to the Practitioner Training Programme Visit mindinsalford.org.uk/mindfulness. Deadline for PTP applications is 1 July.

WATCH: Mindfulness and Metta in Mental Health – Talk at the Mindful Living Show 2018

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

A talk by Mind in Salford’s CEO and Mindfulness Lead, Markus Greenwood, about how mindfulness techniques can be used in mental health and wellbeing practices. Delivered on 02/02/18 at the Mindful Living Show, Manchester.

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The Mindful Living Show – Time for the mind. 2nd & 3rd February 2018

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

The Mindful Living Show is happening on Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd February 2018 at the Manchester Central Complex (Windmill Street) behind the Midland Hotel, M2 3GX.

The Mindful Living Show is a unique event dedicated to the practice and benefits of mindfulness and meditation.

The Mindful Living Show features over 70 leading names in mindfulness and meditation including our very own Markus Greenwood, who will be speaking at 12:40pm on Friday 2nd February and our Mindfulness Teacher Suzanne will be leading a mindful movement workshop on Saturday 3rd February 12:40pm.

Special Mind in Salford Discount

There is a 20% special discount on tickets (regular price £37.50 for one day) for anyone who is interested in coming along. Here is the 20% discount offer code and link: Mindful Living Show 20% OFF. Code – MIND18MIS20. (The discount code is automatically applied if you click the link above).

Mindful Living Show Event details

For details on the timetable of events and speakers, please go to the Mindful Living Show site. Markus is speaking in the Health & Science Theatre on Friday 2nd February at 12:40pm:

Blog: Northern Lights

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

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I was lucky enough to visit Iceland this autumn, and even luckier to experience something I’d always wanted to – the northern lights. This is a collage of four images that sum up the experience for me.

The aurora had already started appearing over the city as we travelled down to catch the boat – groups of people were gathering and pointing at the sky, others were running through the streets with cameras and tripods.  The excitement was really building and finally we were on a small boat, literally feeling buoyant as it zipped us across Reykjavik harbour – out into the night to find the lights.

Then they appeared – a pale green arc formed over the boat in the shape of a rainbow, the engines stopped and we floated around silently watching as the arc of light expanded right overhead.  It’s hard to describe – but the top edge of the band of light started to move, swirling like sand does when a strong wind propels it across a beach. I noticed a feeling of childlike amazement as well as a connectedness with the people on the boat as we stared skyward.

The link to mindfulness for me, was something about the process we went through to see the aurora – planning, preparation, travelling, searching – all ‘doing’ or ‘striving’ activities, and the contrasting sense of just ‘being with’ an incredible experience.  I was keen to photograph the lights.. and I was just as keen to really experience them – to look through the lens and receive the images, rather than setting out to ‘capture’ or ‘take’ or strive for anything.

I feel grateful that rather than ending up with hundreds of pictures and little memory of what it actually felt like to see the northern lights – I can really remember the experience, the emotions, thoughts and physical sensations I had as I savoured just being there.

 

Thanks for reading, if you’d like to have a look at my website please click here:  http://www.northernlightcounselling.co.uk/

 

Mindful Nation UK NW Launch

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Mind in Salford is co-hosting the Mindful Nation UK Report Manchester and NW Launch in Media City on 22nd February.

Mindful Nation UK is a report published by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) and was launched nationally on 20th October 2015 in Westminster.

The report looks at Mindfulness in 4 program areas: Healthcare, the Workplace, Education and Criminal Justice.  The group was set up to

  • Review the scientific evidence and current best practice in mindfulness training
  • Develop policy recommendations for government based findings
  • Provide a forum for discussion in Parliament regarding the role of mindfulness and its implementation in public policy

This event will bring together speakers from key mindfulness organisation, university researchers and case studies from the North West.  It is a valuable opportunity for you or an alternative representative from your organisation to find out what mindfulness is, how it can benefit both the public and private sectors in terms of well being and resilience and its benefits to service users.

The Manchester & NW Launch will start at 1pm, 22nd February, at the University of Salford Digital Performance Lab in Media City, arrival from 12.30 – see Mindful Nation UK report – Invite programme.  There are a limited number of spaces available, please contact Markus Greenwood at Mind in Salford, mindfulness@mindinsalford.org.uk or 0161 212 4880.

Speakers will include:

  • Markus Greenwood, Mind in Salford CEO
  • Singhashri Gazmuri, Breathworks CIC Program Director
  • Geraldine Thomas, Mindflow Training Ltd
  • Taravandana Lupson, Mindfulness Leadership Programmes in NHS and Kings Fund, London
  • Ruth Passman, NHS England Deputy Director for Equality and Health Inequalities
  • Tim Duerden, University of Salford Senior Lecturer in Multi-Professional Practice Studies & Breathworks teacher
  • Ken Harrison, Knowsley Borough Council Head of Communities
  • Peter Malinowski, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Catrin Eames, Liverpool University
  • Heather Regan-Addis, UK Mindfulness Association
  • Jamie Bristow, The Mindfulness Initiative Director
  • Yogesh Patel, Urmston Grammar School Teacher
  • Collette Power, Breathworks Associate & Teacher, Liverpool
  • Sylvia Daniels, Carer, Salford
  • Sue Pheasy, Course Participant and Teacher, Salford

 

Mindfulness for Carers of People with Dementia

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

We are running another 6 week Mindfulness Course for People with Dementia. Commences Monday 2nd November at Humphrey Booth Centre, please fill out a referral form or phone to book a place.

MBSR for Dementia Carers flyer November

Mind in Salford wins Community Award

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Mind in Salford with Social AdVentures, Six Degrees and Garden Needs have won an award at Salford Business Awards.

At an award ceremony last night (21st May) at Salford Reds Stadium, our partnership won The Community Award sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car for our New Roots program.

The New Roots Program involves:

  • Our Mindfulness for Carers for people with Dementia courses,
  • Dementia friendly horticulture activities at Garden Needs and The Broughtons Care Home
  • Empowered Communications, teaching staff and carers better ways of communication for the people they are working with or caring for
  • Please contact us if you are interested in attending our Mindfulness for Carers of people with Dementia courses.

    Pictures and more to come…

    New Mindfulness Drop In Dates

    Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

    We have programmed in this year’s remaining Mindfulness drop-ins. Drop ins will remain once a month on a Wednesday evening for the rest of the year.

    The mindfulness drop-ins are open to anyone who has previously completed our mindfulness course.

    Wednesday 7th October   6pm-7.30pm   @ The Angel Centre
    Wednesday 4th November   6pm-7.30pm   @ The Angel Centre
    Wednesday 2nd December   6pm-7.30pm   @ The Angel Centre

    Blog – Snowfall

    Thursday, March 12th, 2015

    Snowfall

    I took myself for a walk recently, up into the Derbyshire hills. As I was climbing a fellside, some low cloud started to roll across the tops, like smoke. It started to snow, so I paused in a copse of young birch trees. Standing right below the snow cloud, I became aware of wanting to make the most of the next few moments – before the snow melted.

    I enjoyed the feel of the snow as it landed on my skin, the look of it as it lay on the branches and tufts of grass, and the sound of it – I even heard it making a whispering noise as it fell onto dry bracken. I picked some up and watched it melt, change shape, and turn into water… and I noticed my disappointment as it did this.

    I think part of the reason that snow holds a magical quality for me, is its transient nature – its impermanence. In mindfulness, the idea of impermanence is about accepting that nothing, including us, is fixed and that change is a part of life. A bit like the way each moment is transitory and like snow, melts and gives way to the next one.

    I guess living more mindfully is about noticing moments before they melt into the river of our everyday lives.

    Heather

    www.northernlightcounselling.co.uk

    #TimetoTalk Mindfulness Tasters for Staff & Volunteers

    Friday, February 13th, 2015

    Mindfulness at the Angel CentreWe have been holding mindfulness tasters for staff and volunteers of our own and other services. This was inspired as part of the Time to Change campaign to get people talking about mental health.

    We have run 2 sessions, with a large group of volunteers and staff from Garden Needs and Mind in Salford at Garden Needs, and another with a group of volunteers and staff from the Angel Centre, Salford Unemployed Resource Centre and Mind in Salford at the Angel Centre.

    Lots of people also made #TimetoTalk pledges to talk about mental health

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