What Is The Compassionate Mindfulness Group?
We run small group sessions which help members to learn Compassionate Mindfulness skills, leading to improved self-awareness, inner strength, kindness and wisdom. These are weekly, 2 hour guided sessions, from 6pm on Tuesday evenings at our centre in Witney, Oxfordshire.
Why Practice Compassionate Mindfulness?
Because life can be hard! Compassionate mindfulness provides a powerful way of training our minds to become more aware of the present moment and to notice carefully what is going within our bodies, our thoughts and feelings, and our immediate surroundings at each given moment in our lives. By reconnecting with these fundamental aspects of what it is to be alive, we are better able to find peace and to practice compassion throughout the many varied (and sometimes potentially very stressful) situations which life inevitably sends our way. Mindfulness helps us to recognise and overcome destructive patterns in our lives. It can help us to be aware that threat, drive, and self-criticism can lead to distress and the avoidance of satisfying relationships and experiences, and to overcome such negative outcomes.
How Can Compassionate Mindfulness Help You?
Mindfulness is well recognised for its ability to help people heal from a wide variety of physical and emotional problems. The NHS have a good overview of some of the benefits mindfulness can bring on their health website. In addition to its health benefits, training yourself to practice mindfulness gives you the ability to deal with yourself, your friends, loved ones, and the people you meet in your day to day life with more compassion and positivity.
Some of the problems which mindfulness can help you to overcome include:
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Physical tensions
- Digestive problems
- Breathing difficulties
- Difficulty sleeping
- Fertility issues
- Low energy
- Feeling emotionally stuck
- Being overly critical towards self and others
- Addiction and dependency
What Will You Learn During Our Compassionate Mindfulness Sessions?
Our sessions are relaxed and welcoming and you will find them a comfortable environment to absorb the new skills which mindfulness has to offer you. Some of the things you will learn include:
- How to cultivate kindness, acceptance, understanding, patience and warmth towards ourselves and others.
- Becoming more aware of our habitual thoughts and patterns of behaviour.
- How we can make a start in freeing ourselves from our “internal stories”.
- Building resilience and techniques to feel more secure.
- How to integrate Compassionate Mindfulness into your everyday life.
“what we focus on, we give energy to, and what we give energy to we cultivate”
Christina Sage, Bsc, has been practicing Mindfulness for 26 years. She specialises in Relapse Prevention within the fields of Substance Misuse and Mental Health her emphasis on Compassion is a key element in all her courses.
Adrian Roberts has been a psychotherapist for many years and has long experience of working with people individually and in groups. Compassionate mind training and mindfulness are important in all his work.