Mindfulness has been described as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment”. (Prof Mark Williams, University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre)
Mindfulness begins when we recognize our tendency to be on automatic pilot.
Research conducted over the last 40 years demonstrates the benefits that can be gained from mindfulness training are found to be effective in treating a range of health conditions and boosting the auto immune system. Mindfulness practice also reduces the risk of burnout, increasing resilience and overall well-being. In addition to improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms, practicing mindfulness also brings about positive changes in attitudes and behaviours.
Mindfulness is a natural capacity we all have to pay attention, without judgment to the present moment. As we strengthen our mindfulness, we are able to pause, gain greater clarity on what is, the choices we have and what may be an appropriate response for the particular situation, rather than to react from our “automatic-pilot mode”. As what Viktor Frankl said, "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom".
Through mindfulness practices, we also cultivate attitudes of patience, curiosity and friendliness towards ourselves and others. This greatly enhance our relationships with ourselves and others. Many people report that as they practice mindfulness, they notice they relate differently to their experience in a way that brings about deeper well-being and better outcomes.
We offer four main mindfulness-based programs which are accessible to both corporate/workplace and public members.
Based on a psychological science model of the mind and teaching of mainstream cognitive-behavioural and secular mindfulness practices, these programs will support us from keeping our balance through life’s ups and downs, responding skilfully when difficulties arise, to engaging with what is most important to us, and opening up to moments of joy, contentment, and gratitude.
The programs are:
1. Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World (developed by the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre)
A six or eight session course, with each session of 1.5 hours, and a requirement to practice about 20 - 30 mins a day at home.
2. Mindfulness: Cultivating Resilience (adapted from Finding Peace in a Frantic World)
A four session course, with each session of 1.5 hours, and a requirement to practice about 20 - 30 mins a day at home.
3. Mindfulness for Life OR MBCT-Life (developed by the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre)
An eight session course, more in-depth course, with 2-hour sessions and a requirement to practice about an hour a day at home.
4. Mindfulness: Taking it Further (developed by the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre
This is for people who have been through a mindfulness program (at least four session), and are looking to deepen their learning and practice. This course is made up of 12 themes. It aims to help you integrate formal and informal mindfulness practice into your life.
More info available in Dec 2020