Mindfulness for Everyday Living

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How to live with greater awareness, vitality and ease.

The Sundial Clinic on St James’s Street are pleased to host a six-week course that teaches the art and practice of mindfulness in a safe, supportive, small-group environment. You will learn simple meditation techniques and practical skills that will allow you to be more present to your experience, live with more joy and purpose, and manage thoughts, emotions and body sensations more effectively.

This course is taught by an experienced mindfulness instructor and therapist. It is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, which is one of the gold standard courses recognised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

The course comprises six two-hour sessions, which are largely experiential. Each session combines mindfulness practices (e.g. body scans, sitting meditations and gentle movement), guidance and input from the instructor, and discussion on core themes. You are encouraged to develop your own daily practice throughout the six weeks. A course book and recorded exercises offer guidance tailored for each week of the course and beyond.

About Mindfulness:

Mindfulness is the ability to bring an alert, receptive awareness to present-moment experience with flexibility and acceptance. It is a natural capacity of mind, whose benefits are becoming increasingly known. Cultivated through practice, mindfulness can have powerfully beneficial effects, such as enhanced resilience and focus in life, stress reduction, better emotional regulation, and greater psychological flexibility.

Mindfulness has been rigorously researched in the field of health over recent decades. Mindfulness-based approaches were originally developed in healthcare settings to help people suffering with chronic pain. There is now an extensive evidence base to indicate that mindfulness is highly effective in alleviating common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. Practitioners also frequently report a greater ability to handle stress, a greater appreciation of the richness and vibrancy of life, and improvements in interpersonal relationships.

Since mindfulness practice is entirely experiential, undertaking a training course is a unique journey. Benefits are dependent on your willingness to practise regularly. With patience and persistence, you will be able to cultivate greater contentment and a more skilful approach to life’s ups and downs. As Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, who developed the original Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979, once said: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.”

Known Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation:

Physical health Psychological wellbeing
  • Decreased heart rate and blood pressure

  • Lower levels of stress hormones

  • Quicker recovery from stress

  • Greater muscle relaxation and better sleep

  • Reduced cholesterol levels

  • Reduction in intensity of pain

  • Improved immune functioning

    • Increased happiness and peace of mind

    • Less emotional reactivity and mood swings

    • Reduced stress and anxiety

    • Increased clarity and reasoning ability

    • Increased empathy

    • Improved mental focus

    • Enhanced creativity and self-actualisation

Course Instructor Richard Gilpin:

Richard Gilpin Mindfulness Teacher

Richard Gilpin is an experienced mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist. He has trained extensively in mindfulness-based practices since the 1990s and has been facilitating regular mindfulness courses since2007. He is a BABCP-accredited Cognitive Behaviour (CBT) psychotherapist, a trained counsellor, and is registered with the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. He has written extensively on mindfulness over the last 10 years, including two self-help psychology books: Mindfulness for Unravelling Anxiety (2016) and Mindfulness for Black Dogs and Blue Days (2012).

Course Fees, Information and Booking:

£130 (includes all course materials). A limited number of concessionary places are available.

For more information or to request the short application form, please contact Richard directly at, richardgilpin108@gmail.com or call 07796 331167.

Alternatively please call the Sundial Clinic on St James’s Street for further information, 01273 696 414.

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