What is Mindfulness and Compassion?

 
What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a skill that can be developed through training. It is about living in the here and now rather than being caught in the past or worrying about the future. It involves being aware of what’s going on inside your mind and body, as well as what’s happening in your external world. It is well-known that many people spend a lot of time thinking about the past and the future and this is often characterised by  emotions such as guilt, regret, worry and anxiety.

Becoming ‘mindful’ is about learning to pay attention to the present moment  without judgement. It’s about training your attention to be where you want it to be. It can help you deal more effectively with stress and enable you to choose new reactions rather than reverting to learned behaviours. Mindfulness can often be challenging to practise in the beginning, since our thoughts tend to steer us towards the past or future. Therefore our mindfulness courses are designed to help you develop this new skill and way of being. Our caring, empathetic approach alongside a range of exercises can help you master this skill and embark on a life-changing journey and longer term happiness.

What is Compassion?

Compassion is an emotion that is a sense of shared suffering, most often combined with a desire to alleviate or reduce the suffering of another; a compassionate person shows special kindness to those who suffer. Every human being has the potential to be compassionate,  but for various reasons this emotion may not be fully developed in them. Fortunately, by means of practice, feelings of compassion can be nurtured and deepened. This is the aim of Compassion Training. Self-compassion requires courage and generosity.  

It can be challenging to practise as we are more used to our inner critic, self-judgment and negative self-talk.  Self-compassion involves being mindful and non-judgemental. If we change our approach and attitude towards ourselves we are able to deal with challenging and difficult life situations in a more helpful and  supportive way. Compassion is one of the few things you can practise that will bring immediate and long-term happiness. Our courses offer a variety of exercises to help you experience more warmth, security, acceptance and intimacy towards yourself and others.

Who can benefit from mindfulness?

Individuals

Anyone can learn and practise mindfulness. It can be practised anywhere with lasting results. As mindfulness raises our awareness, we can notice and change our reactions and learn how to respond differently to stress and difficult situations. Mindfulness teaches us to be fully aware of each moment, and to be attuned to what we are experiencing in our body and mind so that we can work with this rather than being overcome with worries, stress and pressure.

Organisations

We offer free introductory Mindfulness sessions which are ideal for organisational events such as seminars and conferences. The session will involve fun experiential exercises and will give you and your staff a flavour of Mindfulness, what it is and why practising it can be useful. The session is delivered by an experienced mindful and compassionate facilitator and trainer.