Mindfulness, says Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, is “about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives”.
By becoming more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience and see anew things that we had previously been taking for granted, things that we hardly knew we overlooked. For this reason, mindfulness has appealed to a wide range of people on the continuum of mental health.
Mindfulness has shown to be an effective treatment for stress, anxiety and even depression. If you tend to find yourself in your head a lot, worrying about what has happened or dreading what might happen, then mindfulness may work for you.
We’re a proud charity partner of guided-meditation service Headspace and run a number of mindfulness services in order to bring this effective and calming technique into the lives of our clients.
Here’s one of our favourite videos on the topic, in which Professor Mark Williams explains the neuroscience of mindfulness:
If changing your brain so that you’re less likely to respond to negative thinking piques your interest, read more about our mindfulness-related services below:
New to the idea of mindfulness and want to learn more? Then our monthly workshop is perfect for you! ‘Introduction to Mindfulness: A Relaxed, Focused Mind’ is ran by Victoria, our CEO with a decade’s worth of experience in mindfulness and meditation. To book, simply give us a call or drop us an email.
Headspace is a guided meditation service available as an app and online, and is perfect for people new to mindfulness and meditation.
You can learn more about Headspace in this short video:
We offer Wellness with a Goal clients, staff, volunteers and trustees a free 12 month subscription to Headspace – worth £95 – accessed by entering a unique code at www.headspace.com/code.
Guided Mindfulness Drop In Sessions
Join us for our group guided meditation sessions, which take place bi-weekly. We highly recommend attending our mindfulness workshop and continuing your new mindfulness practise with our drop ins and Headspace subscription.
Mindful colouring has been described as ‘anti-stress art therapy for busy people’. Give it a go using one of our colouring books and colouring pens and pencils in our drop in lounge.
Aromatherapy and Massage
Aromatherapy is often used for chronic pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia. We run fortnightly affordable aromatherapy and massage sessions from both our Walton office and local community mental health centre with our aromatherapist Diane (advance booking is required).
Please check out our calendar for information on dates, times and location.