Mindfulness at the Chilterns MS Centre
There is increasing evidence that Mindfulness is an effective way to reduce anxiety, depression, pain, stress and fatigue giving an improvement in people’s quality of life. Mindfulness is being used increasingly by people with Multiple Sclerosis to provide relief for a wide range of symptoms and is offered by several MS centres with GPs referring patients for a mindfulness course quite widely.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness has been described as “the open non-judgemental, compassionate awareness of your thoughts and feelings on a moment by moment basis.” It is a form of meditation which helps people to be aware of life happening around them and, by “living in the moment”, achieve a range of benefits in their health and wellbeing. Once mastered, it is very easy to use mindfulness every day in just a few minutes.
The Mindfulness Programme at the Chilterns MS Centre
If you would like to try Mindfulness, the Centre offers a group “Introduction to Mindfulness” session lasting 90 minutes. See below for dates during January through April 2016.
To make the most of the programme it is recommended that you then come along to 4 to 6 of the one hour “Mindfulness Practice” sessions. These sessions are exclusively for people who have attended one of our “Introduction to Mindfulness” sessions. These sessions will support you in using Mindfulness on your own although you will always be welcome to come back for more “Mindfulness Practice” sessions if you wish.
To gain the maximum benefit from Mindfulness you will need to practise mindful meditation for a few minutes every day, gradually making mindfulness a natural part of your daily life.
It may be possible to take part in some of the group Mindfulness Practice sessions online from home using a computer or tablet.
The Mindfulness programme is free of charge but donations will be very welcome.
The Centre could not survive without the donations made by the people who use its services.
About our Mindfulness Practitioner, Sarah Jones