In developing mindful awareness we become more in tune with our moment-by-moment experience, enhance our ability to recognise unhelpful thought patterns and to relate differently to endless mental chatter.
However, mindfulness is not simply about relating to thoughts. It harnesses the body-mind connection, and there is an intrinsic opening to the quality of our emotional experience. Through mindful self-awareness, we can broaden our awareness, soften harsh inner rhetoric – relate more kindly to our experience, ourselves, and to others.
Ironically, by noticing more of our experience we increase our efficiency and creativity, slow down and – rather than being habitually reactive – open ourselves to softening our responses, and choosing more helpful, beneficial and effective behaviours.
mindfulness in therapeutic, psychological, clinical contexts: mbct (mindfulness based cognitive therapy), mbsr (mindfulness based stress reduction), breathworks
Research* indicates that therapists with training in mindfulness have more positive outcomes with their clients than those who have not, and some therapists and counsellors are now specifically trained and qualified to bring mindfulness into their one-to-one work.
The original research base has subsequently been extended to include an emphasis on trauma sensitivity, and embracing explicit and sensitive adaptions of those initial forms for application in one-to-one psychotherapy and counselling.
Drawing on traditional meditation practices and incorporating elements of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), secular mindfulness was initially delivered for group settings in the form of 8-week courses for stress reduction (MBSR) – and subsequently as a treatment for recurrent depression and anxiety (MBCT). These are now widely accepted by members of the medical and caring professions for use in clinical contexts. Leading researchers and developers in the field include Jon Kabat Zinn (MBSR), and Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal (MBCT).
An increasing number of adaptations of the 8-week formulation, have followed, some with a strong evidence base, for a growing range of specialist therapeutic and psychological applications, including chronic and acute mental and physical ill health, and for more general populations. These include programmes developed by the Oxford Centre for Mindfulness – MFL (Mindfulness for Life), Finding Peace in a Frantic World – and by Breathworks (including Mindfulness Based Pain Management, Mindfulness for Stress, Mindfulness for Health).
audio introduction to mindfulness by Lokadhi
audio introduction to mindfulness by Lokadhi
more about mindfulness
why mindfulness with Lokadhi?
I’m inspired by the capacity of mindfulness to change lives – and love sharing this so others may benefit. A long-standing meditation practice underpins my approach, as well as personal experience of how mindfulness has helped me manage my own chronic ill-health.
I know that mindfulness training is no small undertaking. People often say they appreciate the care and thought I give to creating a warm, relaxed and supportive atmosphere. There's often laughter. And there's space for quietness and reflection.
As an experienced mindfulness practitioner, and trained in teaching mindfulness to an advanced level, I’ve offered mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) courses for many years in the voluntary and public sectors. I've seen hundreds of people experience significant improvements in the quality of their lives.
As one of few to have formal training in this specialism, I also bring mindfulness into counselling and therapy.
what people who've done courses with Lokadhi say ...
“It was a great course – I liked your firmness and supportiveness; the warm and caring atmosphere.”
“It was stimulating, relaxing, enjoyable and challenging. You’re an excellent facilitator – many thanks, Lokadhi.”
“I’ve benefited hugely from the kindness and insightfulness of the group – and, most especially, the group leader.”
“Nourishment from Lokadhi has been enormous. Thank you – great appreciation for a fantastic, beautiful course.”
“I’ve gained the confidence to look at things I find difficult, rather than turn away.”
"This is the most helpful course I’ve been on, which is enabling me to ‘be’ and to change my way of being in the world.”
“I so enjoyed doing this course for the second time – invaluable and unique: thank you!”