Mindfulness involves us being as fully present and aware of our current experience as possible. With our attention focussed upon each emerging moment of our experience there is less room for the mind to wander, worry, catastrophise or procrastinate. Since the development of Mindfulness as a distinct field in 1979, research has found that there are foundational “in-the-moment” and meditative techniques that grow in us the ability to be mindful in any situation. These include being aware of now, mindful breathing, the Body Scan and techniques that allow us to declutter the mind, navigate unwanted thoughts and even clear the mind.
Each person’s journey with mindfulness is unique and it is a holistic approach in which you can focus upon health, wellbeing, performance, personal development and/or spiritual dimensions. With a dual focus upon helping to navigate difficult experiences and engaging more in positive ones, mindfulness offers an evidence-based approach aimed at bringing greater balance to our everyday lives.
CLL is a leading provider of mindfulness courses and workshops. All of these are based upon the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme model but are tailored to different purposes. The Mindfulness for Everyday Living short course provides an introduction to the theory, evidence, techniques and contemporary issues in mindfulness. This is currently offered online on a termly basis. Cultivating Mindfulnessis a termly experiential-based course for those with previous experience in mindfulness. (This is currently taught online).
Dr Dean Howes is currently running live narrated meditations on his YouTube channel at noon. The recordings for each meditation will be saved on his YouTube channel if you are unable to tune in for the live stream. Have a look at his previous recordings and find out more here: https://www.youtube.com/user/howesie2006
About the Blogger
Dean Howes is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick Centre for Lifelong Learning. He is currently undertaking his PhD with the centre, studying the role of pedagogy in the teaching and learning of mindfulness. As a leading member of the Mindfulness Research Network at the university, he is involved in promoting mindfulness and seeking funding opportunities for research in this area.