Mindfulness Based Living Course

Graham runs  9 week MBLC courses from various venues around Kent, including Deal, Canterbury and Margate, as well as Dulwich and Crystal Palace in South London. Although it is generally taught as a class-based programme, the MBLC can also be taught one-on-one from Deal in Kent.

The MBLC course consists of 8 weeks of 2 hour weekly sessions, with a full day in the middle of the programme.

Weekly topics include dealing with an unsettled mind, mindfulness support, working with distraction, mindful movement and body scan practices, mindfulness in daily life, exploring the undercurrent, attitude (self acceptance), loving kindness and compassion. The two hour sessions are a mixture of practice and learning with group feedback.

We all now lead busy lives and it can be difficult to find this time and can even feel indulgent. However to gain the most from the course, regular practise is necessary. Although reading books and contemplating ideas can improve practise, mindfulness is fundamentally experiential, with insights into how our mind operates bought about by sitting still in meditation. Although this can be relaxing it can also be taxing!. As  French philosopher Blaise Pascal states  “All of man’s troubles come from his inability to sit quietly in a room by himself”.

A mindfulness teacher will be able to show broad concepts in mindfulness and helping each participant to facilitate their own journey, with understanding and clarity coming from within.

Graham will always be available through messaging/email/telephone if a student is experiencing difficulties or distress. Whilst sometimes the waters can get choppy, mindfulness training is generally a life enhancing, positive experience, that can create long term changes to the way we choose to live our lives.

Mindfulness training is not suitable for people with schizophrenia or severe mental health issues. Graham is happy to speak to anyone wishing to gain more information before committing to a course.

Venues will provide seating, but many students prefer to bring their own cushion/ support. Loose, comfortable clothing is also helpful. All course materials are provided, including an app and MP3’s for home practise.

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Mindful Awareness Programme(M.A.P)

Graham is an avid reader of research in both the areas of neuroscience and psychology, due to being both an osteopath and a mindfulness instructor. An area of research that is very exciting and important is that of “interoception”, or more simply put, body awareness. This is the ability to look internally and to understand and correctly interpret the messages coming from within . This might be from our gut, lungs, muscles and heart, and produce feelings that guide our lives and help maintain our bodily health. Thirst, hunger, a stomach ache, a racing heart and pain are all interoceptive. All pleasant and unpleasant feelings arising from our bodies are interoceptive. Impairments of this system are being shown to have effects on our physical and mental health.

Graham has created a 10 week programme – the Mindful Awareness Programme (M.A.P) as a response to this field of research. The programme is based in mindfulness, although the M.A.P places more emphasis on interpreting and understanding feelings in our bodies. However many other tools are used, such as exercise (mindful movement, resistance band work and stretching/yoga routines), positive psychology, visualization/guided imagery exercises, music and education.

“Every decision that you make is influenced by how you feel, whether you know it or not…emotions that seem to happen to you are made by you”.- Lisa Feldman Barrett

The 10 week programme consists of 2 and a half hour sessions. This may seem like a long time, but there will be plenty of variety of practises to keep every participant both curious and engaged. Home practise is an important part of the course and research shows those who enjoy and are most committed to the course gain the best outcomes. Reading materials, MP3’s and an app that are specific to each part of the course are provided.

Areas that would be suitable to potentially benefit from this therapeutic approach are:

– Headaches/migraines – Chronic low back pain
– Whiplash associated disorder (WAD) – Irritable bowel syndrome
– Fibromyalgia – Anxiety
– Low Mood/Depression – Fatigue
– Eating disorders – Aspergers/Alexithymia
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