Becoming fully aware of our personal experience of being stressed
is the starting point. Next the causes of this stress experience
are identified. This means that we quickly explore our negative
judgements about an object, person, situation or experience. We
also learn to pay attention to the process of comparing the object,
person etc. to our personal standards of how we feel things "should
be" which is the basis for our judgements.
Finally, we develop the ability to suspend our judgements for
this moment through an act of personal choice and to refocus on
the facts as received through our senses.
Doing this involves our willingness to suspend — for this
moment — our beliefs about how life ideally should be. Mindfulness,
therefore is a combination of technical skills around controlling
one's awareness and attention together with a set of constructive attitudes that
one needs to bring to the practise and application of these technical
The highly structured learning process
is designed to make mindfulness accessible to almost everyone irrespective
of their personal beliefs or pre-existing knowledge and skills.
All that is required is a commitment to regular practise.
I am able to provide my clients with additional training and advice
in such relaxation methods. Typically a mix of healthy breathing
techniques and muscular based relaxation exercises will be most helpful.
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"… findings show statistically significant improvements
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"…patients showed statistically significant improvements
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