Mindfulness means learning to pay attention intentionally, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
In MBCT participants with a variety of emotional problems, for example low mood or stress meet together for 90 minutes a week. The programme lasts for eight weeks and is facilitated by two CBT therapists. The main ‘work’ is done at home between sessions.
There are audio recordings to accompany the programme, which you use to practise on your own at home once a day, six days a week. In the classes, there is an opportunity to talk about your experiences with the home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise, and how to deal with them skilfully.
The aim is to help you:
- to become familiar with the workings of your mind.
- to notice when you are at risk of getting caught in old habits, resulting in downward mood spirals or anxiety.
- to explore ways of releasing yourself from those old habits and, if you choose, enter a different way of being.
- to put you in touch with a different way of knowing yourself and the world.
- to notice small beauties and pleasures in the world around you instead of living in your head.
- to be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different all the time, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals.
- to find a way so you don’t have to battle with yourself all the time.
- to accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself all the time.