Living mindfully with stress and illness

General information:

Mindfulness meditation teaches us to manage difficult thoughts, feelings and body sensations by holding them in calm awareness instead of reacting in ways that may make things worse. It encourages self-acceptance and suspension of judgement, enhancing enjoyment and appreciation of life “moment by moment”. This can lead to improved mood, increased feelings of calm wellbeing and the ability to make better choices in how we respond to life’s challenges.

This course is aimed specifically at people who are experiencing stress as a result of a long term health problem. We can adapt the practices to suit you, please do let the facilitator know what will help and please bring any cushions or anything else that would help you be comfortable.
Mindfulness practice can be challenging, and it is best not to start a workshop if you are currently actively depressed, if you have a condition that causes you to disassociate, or if you are undergoing serious life crises that are likely to prevent you from engaging fully with the workshop.

What will the course cover

The full programme consists of eight 90-minute sessions. The main elements of the programme are:

  • Background to Mindfulness: Coming off “autopilot” and living in the “now”
  • Foundation practices: Kindly awareness of breath and body
  • Mindfulness of the body in motion: Gentle stretches and mindful walking (can be adapted as necessary to suit individual needs)
  • Seated meditations: Mindful awareness of our moment-by-moment experience
  • Everyday mindfulness: practices to develop mindfulness in all aspects of daily life
  • Building resilience: Developing self-compassion and acceptance in the face of difficulty

This course is offered by:

Oasis-Talk

What to expect

The course is intended to be informal and enjoyable. The focus is on learning through experience: We will practise the meditations together and have a short discussion after each one, but you don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothes that don’t restrict your breathing or movement.

If you can, please bring a cushion and a blanket to keep yourself warm and comfortable. Some practices can be done lying down and you will be invited to do this if you want to.

You might want to bring a pen to write your own notes on the workbook.

There are likely to be about 10 other people on the course.

On arrival you will be greeted by the course leader. We generally sit in a circle of chairs so you can pick a chair and sit down. The course leader will ask you to give your name to sign you in (necessary for health and safety reasons).

We try to start and finish the courses on time. If you are late, don’t worry. Just arrive when you can and sit quietly if we are already doing a practice. It’s better to come late than to miss the session completely. Traffic happens! (Please note: there are some venues where you will not be able to get in to the course if you are late. If this is the case it will say on the venue information sheet that you will be sent once you have booked onto a course).

If you need to leave early let the course leader know on arrival, but feel free to leave when you need to without asking permission.