THE BEINGWELL, Mindfulness 1-2-1 & group courses, E14
3 Cannon Workshops
3 Cannon Drive
0844 272 8900
Find yourself continuously over-analysing, tending to be too emotional or repeating unhelpful behaviours? From lifetime experiences, you might have developed stubborn habits of thinking, feeling or behaving. Mindfulness is a proven method to get release from depression, anxiety & stress. Group trainings could cost you less that £15 an hour.
The BeingWell is a vibrant specialist mindfulness consultancy. We run well-researched mindfulness courses in one-to-one and group classes.
We run a free mindfulness drop-in group on Friday evenings. You can find out more at: www.thebeingwell.org/drop-in. The next 8-week mindfulness (MBSR) course will be on Tuesday evenings starting from 27th September. Find out more at www.thebeingwell.org/mbsr
** THE PROBLEM **
Throughout life we pick up helpful habits that develop us. But habits can also be our undoing. We might not even notice that patterns and routines that were once useful tip over into becoming a problem.
This quote sums it up very well:
“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken”.
We might barely detect habits forming until they are deeply engrained, automatic and controlling us. We can then develop rigid, lopsided and biased ways of living. Mindfulness can help us re-center ourselves to give more balance to body, feelings, thinking and behavior.
** MINDFULNESS **
Mindfulness meditation helps you see much more clearly how you tick. You become more aware of how your own unique cogwheels of feelings, thoughts and behavior interact. You might then see what sets problems into motion. You need to be still long enough to be able to observe this and mindfulness can show you how. Like a scientist, you put the microscope of your aware attention onto yourself to understand more clearly what is going on in your mind. You need to notice the functioning of your habits before you can change them. But as this great quote says:
“First we make our habits and then our habits make us.” John Dryden, poet
So sometimes it is difficult for us to notice our habits because we are our habits. You may have blind spots in your self-awareness. Mindfulness is a set of skills and state of mind to help you see yourself through your habits. You place the center of focused and unbiased attention on body, feelings, thoughts and actions and watch them live in the very moment. The academic most widely credited for bringing mindfulness to the Western world, Jon Kabat-Zinn describes mindfulness as:
"Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally."
If you practice mindfulness meditation frequently, the clearer awareness you learn from this new healthy habit can also become a more active and automatic response to your everyday life. Your mind feels clearer, relationships deeper, emotions proportionate, you can more easily let go of repetitive negative thinking and can even sleep more soundly.
** BACKGROUND **
The BeingWell practitioners have years of training and experience to help you bring mindfulness to many areas of your life. Programs are designed to help you reach your fuller potential at work, in your communication with others, in relationships, and to further develop your mind's natural strength, flexibility and resourcefulness. You can find out about our trainers' background and experience at www.eastlondonmindfulness.co.uk/well-people.
** APPROACH **
All The BeingWell trainers meet the criteria of the Mindfulness Teachers' Network best practice guidelines.
Mindfulness courses can be had 1-2-1 in person or by Skype. There are also a number of group trainings that you can join. Or perhaps your place of work would support a mindfulness wellness programme at your office, which we can deliver on site.
** THE EVIDENCE **
Mindfulness works. And if you attend a group, it can cost as little as £15 an hour. Mindfulness research has increased 20-fold since the millennium. It has strong evidence and results. And it is being applied in businesses, schools and even in the houses of parliament.
Mindfulness teaches you non-secular meditation. And so you have a skill that can take away to apply in many areas of your life for many years to come. This is what the research tells us?
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) reduces the risk of relapse of recurrent depression by 43%.
- This strong finding has resulted in the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to recommend it for the prevention of relapse in recurrent depression on the NHS.
- Regular meditators are happier and more contented than average.
- Regular meditators enjoy better and more fulfilling relationships.
- Anxiety and irritability decreases with regular sessions of meditation.
- mental and physical stamina increase, memory improves, and reaction times become faster
- Meditation reduces the key indicators of chronic stress, including hypertension.
- Mediation has also been found to be effective in reducing the impact of serious conditions such as chronic pain and cancer, and can even help to relieve drug and alcohol dependence.
The BeingWell offers a range of mindfulness groups and 1-2-1 sessions. You can find out more at: www.eastlondonmindfulness.co.uk/well-classes. We also work alongside a range of complementary therapists and you can learn more about this at: www.wharfhealth.co.uk.
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The Mental Health Foundation: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/M/mbct
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Training, qualifications & experience
All The BeingWell practioners have attained academic achievement in their own fields spanning work psychology, individual psychotherapy, physical therapies, group training and facilitation. We have an integrated, joined-up view on how mindfulness sits within human psychology.
We also know that to be able to make theory relevant, you have to be able to live it practically. We combine high levels of professional expertise with down-to-earth lived mindfulness in our day-to-day lifestyles. And so we know first-hand how to best be able to help you draw on your own intrinsic well of mindfulness. We meet the requirements of well-respected accrediting organisations while also actively using mindfulness in ordinary modern day living.
You can find out more about our well-qualified people at www.eastlondonmindfulness.co.uk/well-people.
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Areas of counselling we deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Fees vary. If you sign up for an 8 week MBSR programme, the cost is less than £15 an hour. Most of our courses also include workbooks and CDs with the fee. So this is excellent value for an internationally-acclaimed programme.
One-to-one sessions cost £120 for 50 minutes. This private tuition is tailor-made to the individual.
NB. Mindfulness is not group therapy and is should not replace counselling or psychotherapy if you are feeling overwhelmed, in distress or at risk. You may already be in therapy, but also do not have to be in therapy, to attend mindfulness courses.
Mindfulness teaches you meditation, which is proven to relieve many psychological symptoms and also to enhance the wellbeing you already have. Mindfulness can build personal awareness, emotional stability and openness to experience. All of this could help you get the most out of your counselling or psychotherapy if you are seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist. Mindfulness is also useful once therapy has come to an end to help you maintain and strengthen psychological wellbeing.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
The course schedule can be seen at www.eastlondonmindfulness.co.uk/well-classes
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|