At Kildare Psychotherapy & Counselling we provide training in mindfulness & meditation to individuals and groups. Mindfulness popularity has exploded over the past number of years for a good reason – it works! Google, Intel and many other multi-national companies utilise mindfulness programmes for their employees. Even the US Army uses mindfulness training; finding it effective in the treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Kildare Psychotherapy & Counselling have run mindfulness classes for a number of years for groups and private one to one sessions. We have also run classes for therapists, social workers and others in the mental health field as part of their CPD (Continued Professional Development) training.
If you would like to discuss how we can help you, your company or your group, please contact us.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness involves bringing our attention to our current experience through practices like meditation. It is awareness of our surroundings, thoughts, physical bodies, emotional states and responding non-judgementally to them at any given moment. There are three components involved in mindfulness, they are attention, intention and attitude. So we are paying attention, on purpose, in a particular way. It is accepting our experience, rather than unconsciously and habitually reacting to it. We choose how we respond to it, helping to generate the gap between stimulus and response. Meditation is the “formal” practice of mindfulness, while “informal” mindfulness is the application to our everyday lives. Meditation can be thought of as the well we draw from with mindfulness being the bucket we dip into it.
While we can’t always change the things around us, we can change our perception of those things. Meditation is the means by which we can change our habitual thinking and transform our mind for the better by becoming aware of “unskillful” thoughts. Meditation is an active experience where we mindfully bring our focused attention to a particular object, such as the breath. To paraphrase Lao Tzu the Chinese philosopher: Thoughts become words. Words become actions. Actions become habit. Habits become character. Character becomes your destiny. By watching our thoughts through meditation we can, in essence, change our destiny. Loving kindness meditation involves generating compassion, it has been found to improve physical health, reduce pain, anger and psychological distress.
Benefits of Meditation & Mindfulness
Below are just some of the scientifically proven benefits of meditation & mindfulness
- Decreased depression
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased stress
- Decreased anger
- Decreased pain
- Decreased loneliness
- Decreased inflammation
- Increases positive emotions
- Increases life satisfaction
- Increases memory
- Improves focus & attention
- Boosts the immune system
- Literally changes how the neurons in the brain connect for the better (neuroplasticity)
- Offsets age related cortical thinning in the brain.