6-Week Introduction to Mindfulness Course:
I went along to Sarah’s Mindfulness and Meditation course in the summer of 2019. A friend encouraged me to attend. I will admit, I was a little sceptical at first; I knew mindfulness was useful, as it ties in with cognitive behavioural therapy practices, but I’d never done meditation. I’m quite a logical and scientific person, and so the thought of closing my eyes and listening to my breathing etc… well I just wasn’t sure what the benefit was going to be. I was also not sure if it was worth committing for 6 whole weeks.
Boy was I wrong. As Sarah led us through her thoroughly researched programme, and I took part in the many meditations that she shares throughout the course, I could *feel* the benefits for myself. Permission to just stop, clear my mind and take a moment away from it all gave me some much-needed breathing space, and I didn’t realise how much I needed that until I got it. The more I practised this over the weeks, the better I felt and the less sceptical I became. As the course progressed, I began to really look forward to Sarah’s sessions. Some weeks I would attend very stressed from work, but when I left, I would feel on top of the world.
It’s got to the point now that I’m incorporating meditation into my life as often as I can. If I feel things are getting on top of me, I take ten minutes out to meditate, and afterwards I’m able to focus clearly again. It’s just great to have this tool at my disposal.
Sarah is a lovely human being, so warm and welcoming in her style, and so passionate and well-informed… if you can go along, please do. If you’re sceptical like I was, you won’t be by the end. I was so sad that I wouldn’t be coming back!