Mindfulness

Clinically Proven Eight Week Course to Reduce Anxiety, Stress and Depression

Many of us live our lives in a state of waking sleep…

  • Very often we do things automatically, without noticing what we’re doing.
  • We churn out judgments about ourselves and others.
  • We try to do ten things at once.
  • We frequently get so caught up in thoughts and feelings about the past or future that we get lost in them, effectively disconnecting from what is happening right in front of us.

Mindfulness seeks to develop awareness of the present moment.

Mindfulness lets us:

  • Step back from being lost in thought.
  • Bring our attention fully into the present moment.
  • Observe whatever arises in awareness with friendly curiosity.
  • Be non-judgmental and accepting of whatever arises, be it pleasant or unpleasant.

Mindfulness means gaining a greater sense of connection to life as a whole and simply feeling HAPPIER!

Mindfulness practice leads to:

Less worry about the past or future.

Less criticism of self and others.

More acceptance of the present moment as it is.

A different way of relating to and coping with sensations, emotions, thoughts and feelings.

A greater sense of being a part of life.

Here’s what mindfulness can teach us…

You will discover just how much the mind wanders. How it continuously shifts from one topic to another and how this mind wandering can allow negative thoughts and feelings to increase.

You will learn how to catch these negative thought patterns before they spiral out of control…

And how to bring the mind back to the present moment.

Mindfulness gives you a break from the intensity of distressing thoughts and emotions because you see that they are only PART of our ACTUAL present moment experience. As you gain some distance from the intensity of a problem – solutions are much easier to uncover.

Your health will improve through…

• Blood pressure normalized
• Heart rate lowered
• Cardiovascular effectiveness increased
• Enhanced immune system
• Reduced stress and anxiety
• Improved sleep and concentration
• Stomach and bowel function improvement
• Pain is easier to cope with
• Aging process decreases

Clinically proven to reduce anxiety, stress and depression*, our courses are meant for you and anyone who would like to find a way of increasing their sense of wellbeing and living more fully, effectively and calmly.

All it requires is a commitment to the scheduled sessions and home practice routine.

No previous experience of meditation is required or necessary.

Mindfulness - Petros - good mental health for all

Our Mindfulness Course consists of:

Eight, one to two-hour fortnightly sessions of instruction and discussion, where we look at different ways of being mindful and different guided practices. We also look at how mindfulness can be practiced informally everyday, both at work and in home life. Our sessions include time for the group to share experiences and explore what comes up.

The course requires participants to commit to around 30 minutes daily home practice. This can feel challenging to fit in for many people and may also feel quite intense at first, but this is a crucial element of mindfulness practice.

By the end of the eight week course you will have a good sense of how to practice and how this benefits you. Ensuring that you can go on developing a mindful way of living in your own time and way with all the mental and physical health benefits.

Each course is accompanied by:

  • A personal workbook
  • A companion log
  • Access to guided meditations
  • Email support throughout.

Mark leads our Mindfulness Courses. Find out more about Mark Campion and his work with Petros.

If you are interested, simply get in touch with laura@petros.org.uk for more details of how to organize a course for yourself or your workplace.

*For over 30 years, an 8-week course developed by Jon Kabat- Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the USA has been successfully helping people with pain, depression, anxiety and the ability to create mental balance and wellbeing. Mindfulness can also help treat people with specific problems including smoking and addiction.

Further reading: ‘Mindfulness meditation:A research-proven way to reduce stress’ American Psychological Association. October 2019