What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is mental fitness training that can help reduce the adverse effects of stress. It’s not about getting rid of thoughts and emotions. It’s not a relaxation technique. It’s not some spiritual escape. Mindfulness helps train the mind to turn its attention to what is unfolding inside and around you at any given moment, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, with curiosity, non-judgement, and compassion. So this way, the challenges of life don’t dictate who you are and how you behave.
What can I expect?
By learning how to be more flexible with your attention and to nurture a positive attitude towards yourself and others (rather than resisting reality), you are able to gain access to a more relaxed and balanced state of being. In this more open, spacious and Graceful state, you are better able to let go of your unconscious, automatic impulses in the face of challenging situations and act from a more resourceful place, with greater wisdom and trust. These innate capacities, which we all possess, will help bring you into greater energetic and emotional balance and help you relate to the imperfections and messiness of life in a more supportive way. Don’t be fooled. Mindfulness may sound soft to some, however it requires a good measure of Grit, determination and perseverance.
You are overly stressed if you notice an unusual amount of worry, anxiety, irritability, mental rumination, fatigue and/or tension. You might also experience sleep disturbances and headaches.
If you identify with some of the statements below, the mindfulness training might just be for you:
- I tend to get stuck in thoughts about the past.
- I am overly preoccupied with tomorrow’s to do list.
- I feel as though I am not in charge of my life.
- I have lost touch with pleasure.
- I have a tendency to worry, to feel negative or discouraged.
- I feel as if life is passing me by.
- I often say to myself even when I am tired, “just one more thing before I stop…”
- I feel overwhelmed by the expectations at work.
- My energy levels are always low.
- My body and mind have forgotten how to relax and let go.
- I am recovering from a burnout or a depression.
The mindfulness training Kim offers incorporates elements of two widely researched mindfulness programs. The mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program developed in the United States in the 1970s by molecular biologist and yoga and meditation practitioner Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program developed by UK-based cognitive psychologist Zindel Segel, Mark Williams and John Teasdale. Both combine the best of Western psychology and Eastern philosophies and practices.
The effects of these programs have been studied scientifically for over three decades. Hundreds of published studies show that mindfulness engenders positive changes in cognitive and neurobiological functioning and enhances mental and emotional strength, balance and resilience. Mindfulness is no panacea. It is just one approach that can help you in stress reduction and personal growth. Kim teaches mindfulness because of how it has helped improve her overall quality of life. If you wish to receive more information about the course and scientific evidence around it, be in touch with Kim.
1. Living on automatic pilot
2. Relating to obstacles and challenges
3. Getting to know your boundaries
4. The landscape of stress
5. Responding to stress with awareness
6. Thoughts are not reality
7. Taking better care of myself
During the training, you receive clear and detailed instructions and background information:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Guided instruction in gentle stretching and mindful movement
- Benefits from group dialogue during each session
- Individual tailored instruction
- Detailed information about each session’s theme and home assignments with the support of recordings in both Dutch and English.
The training language is English. If all participants understand Dutch, group discussions during the training are in Dutch and/or in English as needed.