Mindfulness for Life – Fridays
25/02/2022 - 15/04/2022
10:00 - 12:15 GMT
Mindfulness for Life (sometimes referred to as MBCT-L) is a course designed to cultivate mindful awareness of our body, emotions and mind so that we can live our lives with a greater sense of wellbeing, kindness and resilience. It is an evidence-based course, developed in the light of research at Oxford University and other leading research centres.
It has two main intentions: to offer you some skills to meet life’s challenges and difficulties, both internal and external; as well as skills to develop more awareness and appreciation of the pleasant moments in life that we can often overlook. In other words, to respond more skilfully to all of life’s inevitable ups and downs.
This course is not being offered as a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions. Please do not sign up for this training if you are currently experiencing severe problems in these areas.
What happens after I complete the course?
- You will be invited to give your feedback – this is not compulsory
- In the final session you will be given information about ways to carry your practice forwards if you wish to do so
- You will be eligible to take part in the free Wednesday evening practice sessions offered by the OMC, if you wish to do so
- The OMC provides Confirmation of Attendance letters to participants who fully attend at least 7 of the 9 Mindfulness for Life sessions (including the Practice Day)
What will I do on this course?
On this course you will:
- Attend 8 weekly sessions lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes. The first session is 2 hours and 30 minutes
- After Session 6, there is also a ‘Day of Practice‘– usually 5 hours – which revisits practices introduced in the course and introduces some new practices
- This is a structured course where each session builds upon what has been introduced before. This is why it is important to attend all the sessions
- You will be in a group of up to 16 people, led by one of OMC’s experienced mindfulness teachers
- Each session will have guided and structured meditation practices. Many sessions also have exercises drawn from modern psychology
- Each practice or exercise is followed by a review of what you and/or other participants experienced or discovered in that practice/exercise. This review does not include a discussion of participants’ past history
- Each session is followed by suggestions for personal practice of up to 45 minutes. This includes both recommended guided practices, and also ways to cultivate new habits of mindfulness in everyday life
- Each session (except the first) includes a review of the previous week’s personal practice
- You will have access to a web resource which gives you guided practices and written material to support each session
On this course you will learn the following skills:
- How to ‘stabilise the attention’: to recognise mind wandering and ‘autopilot’, and how to bring the attention back to where we want it to be – with interest, patience, and care
- Learning more about two different ways of being and knowing: through direct experience and through thinking. Understanding more about how the mind creates meaning
- Learning to recognise our patterns of reactivity and how trying to get rid of distress may actually keep us stuck
- Bringing a sense of care and kindness to ourselves in those moments of distress and reactivity
- Using mindfulness to respond skilfully, not react – in ways that support the wellbeing of ourselves and of others around us
- To ‘step back’ a little from our direct experience so that we can see it more clearly, and so choose a kinder response
- Building what we have learnt into our everyday lives
About the Teacher
First, I was a corporate lawyer, qualifying as a litigator at the City firm of Linklaters in the 1990s. Then I decided to change careers, became a newspaper journalist in the 2000s, and ended up as the media editor of the Daily Telegraph.
These high-pressure jobs ultimately caused me to burn out – and mindfulness became one of the essential tools in my recovery. I then completed my training to teach MBCT, at the OMC, in 2017.