Posts Tagged ‘MBSR’

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

New Mindfulness Courses Programmed

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

We have just programmed in our initial 8 week Mindfulness courses for next year, more courses will be programmed if and when funding is confirmed. Please see our Mindfulness Courses pages for up-to-date information.

The newly programmed courses will include the newly funded courses for carers of people with dementia – for these courses, if there is sufficient demand, the Angel Centre will run an activity program for people living with dementia to run concurrently with the course. Please note these will NOT be running on the dates/times advertised by the Carers’ Centre newsletter.

Please note that all courses are subject to waiting lists, and unfortunately the general course places are all already filled from our waiting list; please e-mail us a referral form to be added to the waiting list if spaces become available, or you wish to attend a later course.

Course Day Time Start Date End Date Venue Contact Notes
General Mindfulness Wed 1pm-3pm 14 Jan 04 Mar Angel Centre Course Full
via referrals
General Mindfulness Wed 6pm-8pm 14 Jan 04 Mar Angel Centre Course Full
IAPT referrals
Mindfulness for Carers of
People living with Dementia
Mon 3pm-5pm 2 Feb 23 Mar Angel Centre Referrals to us
*Simultaneous Activity program for People with Dementia*
Mindfulness for Carers Thu 10.30am-12.30 3rd Feb 26th Mar Angel Centre Referrals via us
or the carers centre
General Mindfulness Wed 1pm-3pm 11 Mar 29 Apr Angel Centre Course Currently Full
IAPT referrals
General Mindfulness Wed 6pm-8pm 11 Mar 29 Apr Angel Centre Course Currently Full
via referrals
Mindfulness for Carers of
People living with Dementia
tbc tbc tbc Apr tbc May Angel Centre Referrals via us
*activity program tbc*
Mindfulness for Carers of
People living with Dementia
tbc tbc tbc Jun tbc Jul Angel Centre Referrals via us
*activity program tbc*

Mindfulness Based Smoking Cessation Course

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Now starting November 11th, 6-8 at the Angel Centre, our new Mindfulness Based Smoking Cessation course aims to help you cope with stress better and manage the cravings associated with giving up smoking.

Fill in a referral form to join the course.

New Mindfulness CDs

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Heather with CDs

Heather holding up our new MBSR CDs


After a lot of hard work, we finally have our new Mindfulness CDs professionally pressed.

Heather and Markus have worked tirelessly voicing (and re-voicing) the meditations on these CDs to accompany our mindfulness based stress reduction 8 week course.

The CDs are issued on each of these courses, guiding people through the meditations at home – both during and beyond the course.

Mick Routledge has provided his audio expertise and recording studio, and Martin Webster www.candoocreative.com has provided the CD graphics.

Blog – Mindful Photography – Symmetry

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Hi – I’m Heather and I’m delighted to have been invited by Mind in Salford to contribute a blog to their brand new website.  I’ve been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses here for the last 3 years.  I’ve learned so much and really enjoyed the courses and the fantastic people I’ve met along the way.  I’ve recently started a mindful photography blog, and it’s a real pleasure to be sharing it here.

reeds in water

Symmetry

I noticed this image on a recent walk by a mountain lake in Wales. I was drawn to the reflection of the reeds and the twisted shapes, textures and colours emerging from the water.

Only one problem – the broken reed to the right of the picture.

When I looked at the image on my computer I noticed how frustrated I felt about how it ruined the symmetry of the image. I tried cropping it, photoshopping it, all sorts of things to get rid of the annoying reed.

Feeling curious about my reaction, I looked up ‘symmetry’ on Wikipedia and it offers one possible meaning: ‘a vague sense of harmonious and beautiful proportion and balance.’

I delved further into Google hoping to find a definition, and found that words associated with symmetry include: ‘regularity, evenness, uniformity, equilibrium, consistency, congruity, conformity, agreement, correspondence, orderliness, equality.’

Mindfulness encourages us to welcome and embrace the not so harmonious aspects of our lives as well as the harmonious ones, so that we can move towards psychological balance or equanimity (calmness). I guess this is different to the apparent perfection of symmetry – but it is about balance.

The idea is that the more experiences, body sensations, feelings and thoughts we can allow in, then the more diluted and less intense everything is. If I pour red food colouring into a bowl of water, it will become red. If I pour the same amount into a lake, it will make barely any difference. In other words – we can cope with so much more when we allow everything in, even the difficult stuff. Then, like the lake, we may feel some disturbance at the surface but deep below the surface we can find an accepting stillness.

So I’m learning to love this picture just as it is, enjoying the feel of it, the atmosphere, and most of all – the broken reed.

If you’d like to look at my website – here’s a link to take you there:

www.northernlightcounselling.co.uk

Upcoming Mindfulness Courses Updated

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Please note this page is a news item and is now out of date

New news items will be created as more courses get programmed, and/or programmed courses change or get nearer. This page will not be being updated again.

We’ve updated our Mindfulness Courses – see the mindfulness section for full details about the courses.

Free 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course

Due to our funding arrangements, these courses are prioritised for low income Salford residents, but we will try to accommodate other low income Greater Manchester residents where possible.

The General Mindfulness course is for those suffering from current mental or physical ill health; please e-mail mindfulness@mindinsalford.org.uk with the filled in referral form to be added onto the waiting list for attendees.

The Carer’s Mindfulness course is run in association with the Carers Centre – to be added to the waiting list, please e-mail carers.centre@salford.gov.uk.

All the free courses are currently held at the Angel Centre.

Carer’s Mindfulness Starts 12th June
For 8 weeks
Thursdays 10-12noon No places available
Contact Carer’s Centre
General Mindfulness Starts 25th June
For 8 weeks
Wednesdays 6-8pm No places available
Contact Mind in Salford
Young Carer’s Mindfulness Start date tbc
For 8 weeks
tbc Places available
Contact Carer’s Centre
General Mindfulness Starts 24th September
For 8 weeks
Wednesdays 1-3pm No places available
Contact Mind in Salford
Carer’s Mindfulness Starts 30th October
For 8 weeks
Thursdays 10-12noon Places available
Contact Carer’s Centre

Mindfulness Drop-Ins

Mindfulness Drop-Ins are held monthly for those who have previously completed the full mindfulness course. Please e-mail mindfulness@mindinsalford.org.uk to let us know if you are planning to attend.

Mindfulness Drop-In Wednesday 9th July 6-7.30pm @ The Angel Centre Cancelled
Mindfulness Drop-In Wednesday 6th August 6-7.30pm @ The Angel Centre Please let us know!
Mindfulness Drop-In Wednesday 10th September 6-7.30pm @ The Angel Centre Please let us know!
Mindfulness Drop-In Wednesday 8th October 6-7.30pm @ The Angel Centre Please let us know!