I first sat on a meditation cushion 21 years ago. Since then, every time I managed to find the time and courage to come back to that cushion, I found irrefutable therapeutic value in the practice of mindfulness. As part of our new “therapeutic living” venture – I will be offering weekly meditation practice.
‘Mindfulness,’ writes its foremost proponent, the American Emeritus Professor of Medicine Jon Kabat-Zinn, ‘is a way of being in wise and purposeful relationship with one’s experience, both inwardly and outwardly. It is cultivated by systematically exercising one’s capacity for paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, and by learning to inhabit and make use of the clarity, discernment, ethical understanding, and awareness that arise…’ What Kabat-Zinn presents here as mindfulness is more than just a short-term therapeutic intervention to treat a transient health problem. It is a practice that not only demands considerable mental discipline but also a revaluation of the purpose of one’s life and the ethical values needed to realize that purpose.
– Stephen Bachelor
The ultimate goal of any therapeutic endeavour is to develop insight and awareness. For this reason, mindfulness has increasingly become a therapeutic tool, but it is most useful when practiced regularly and as a part of an overall philosophical approach to yourself and to life.
If you are interested in mindfulness as a way of addressing any concerns that you are having (addiction, depression, anxiety, frustration, anger) we are excited to announce that we finally have the space to facilitate the practice of mindfulness.
Weekly sessions will address the techniques, psychology and philosophy of cultivating mindfulness. Session will include time for therapeutic group reflection.