At the heart of any Mindfulness Based Intervention, is an openness to new perspectives and possibilities in our way of "being".
The primary intention of the MBSR curriculum is to create a structured pathway to relieve suffering and increase wellbeing for people facing a host of challenges arising from a wide range of medical and psychological conditions and the demands and stressors inherent in the everyday lives of human beings. (MBSR Authorised Curriculum Guide (2017) This multi-faceted and evidence-based approach, in the Jon Kabat-Zinn lineage, has three distinct characteristics:
A note on Trauma Informed Mindfulness:
After experiencing a difficult retreat in April 2019, I have been made increasingly aware of the need to deepen my understanding of the potential adverse effects of mindfulness practice for people struggling with trauma.
As a result I have included suggestions offered in the "The First do no Harm" training which offers Foundational Competencies for Working Skillfully with Meditation – Related Challenges in my work and approach.
The three thought leaders involved in this approach are: Willoughby Britton Ph.D; Jared Lindahl Ph.D; David Treleaven Ph.D (His book | Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness) – Offers an accessible clear direction for being trauma informed as a teacher of mindfulness programmes.
Mindfulness Based Programmes are best viewed as educational and invitational, rather than clinical interventions. They are not motivated to remove what is unwanted in your experience, but instead, they create an environment to encourage you to open up to all that you are, in the present moment, no matter what that is.
Mindfulness as an approach, emphasizes the importance of wholeness and "well-being". It aims to assist and support you to remain in the present moment and from that perspective, deal with whatever is arising, more effectively and skillfully.
This approach fosters radical self-directed transformation, by initiating insight into your direct experience, as it unfolds.
An Invitation to pay attention:
Perhaps you can begin noticing, without judgement, where your attention is right now?
How does this show up and influence your body and emotional state?
I invite you to make a deliberate choice and decision about whether this is where you want your mind and attention to be right now?
Perhaps your intention in this moment, is to begin exploring new possibilities?
Welcome to INTROSPECT, where together we allow skillful transformative insight to emerge, one breath at a time.
INNOVATIVE STRESS AND BURNOUT SOLUTIONS ON OFFER THROUGH INTROSPECT:
“ I never imagined I would find myself supporting individuals to grow their innate capacity to be present. I came to MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) in my early 30’s, at a time in my life when I felt very broken and overwhelmed. Mindfulness offered me insight into my vulnerability at the time. It opened my heart and allowed me to glimpse a possibility that there is another way to live. I was addicted to doing and seeking solutions outside of myself. I never knew that by simply “being”, I could find peace from my constant busy ruminative mind and compulsive behaviors. I am also aware that for some, the practice needs adjustment. Those that struggle with any form of past trauma or current crisis, need to be cautious and held with deep care. To that end, I continue to work in understanding trauma-informed mindfulness. I am aware of the responsibility and ethics required when working with clients." Mandy Johnson
RECOVERY AND STRESS REDUCTION OFFERINGS:
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