Putting mindfulness into practice with the eight week course
The cornerstone of practicing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) successfully is to practice regularly. Over this course you will discover how to be more present and to experience your life now, while it is happening, to help alleviate worry, fear and other problems in your life. You will be able to personalise the course to your needs and maintain your motivation.
Creating a personal practice that works You need to make time for MBCT practices to happen, it is a conscious decision. Draw up a schedule time, day and place Keep a practice diary
Dispelling the myths Many myths and false ideas exist about mindfulness, meditation, yoga and so on that may hold you back from fully committing to MBCT. They are often based on a lack of knowledge and on missing or misunderstood information. Cynicism can be a big mindset to get over. It is quite understandable, with so many fakes telling people how to lead better and more spiritual lives. But MBCT is simply a way of decluttering your mind and allowing your mind and body to function better. MBCT encourages you to feel a bit of kindness, patience, awareness, acceptance, empathy and emotional intelligence. Unless you give it a chance you will never know for certain whether MBCT is for you.
The difference between meditation, mindfulness and awareness training. Meditation is a general term for any practice that involves sitting or kneeling and focusing the mind on an object, sound or feeling. Mindfulness Meditation focuses on the here and now and uses an anchor of awareness to keep your mind from flitting off into ruminating, thinking or planning. Awareness Training is where you become more mindful by intentionally becoming aware of the present moment over and over again.
Theory based on practice The MBCT process is based on practice - you get to be active, not passive. Try something out and then review. Consider reading through an exercise twice then do a practice run, by going through a system of how to remember the meditation. Read the instructions again to see if you have forgotten anything.
Joining body and mind MBCT isn't a physical or a mental workout - it's about connecting body and mind. The mind in itself isn't just your brain but also your emotional mind; your feelings. Many times, the body gives clues as to what problem you could be experiencing. Maybe you have ignored an inconvenient body sensation in the past and eventually your body had to let you know there was something wrong; such as a racing heart could indicate anxiety or high blood pressure; or a lump in the throat could mean that you are fearful of speaking your truth.
Focusing on each individual task, and being present in the moment MBCT trains you in connecting with awareness and attention. When practicing, don't think ahead to the next task of the day. Try and keep focused on the task at hand and be present and aware moment by moment. If your mind wanders off while you are going through an exercise, refocus on the present moment.
Discovering the advantages awaiting you. You can gain a great many benefits from practicing MBCT. You should not be looking toward the end result but concentrating on what is happening now.
Now lets add up the benefits improves sleep,, increases your ability in coping with pain and loss, boosts your immune system, helps to decrease depression and prevents relapse, lessens anxiety, reduces compulsive behaviour, aids in the healing of. and being able to live better with cancer, helps you cope with ageing, increases life satisfaction, increases acceptance of yourself, aids with dealing with anger, increases experience of calm and relaxation, increases energy levels and enthusiasm for living, increases self-confidence and self-acceptance, improves brain function, i