Mindfulness training can help us develop a particular stance or attitude to life, and therefore suffering. This more mindful stance can help people with long-term health conditions to come to terms with their situation, not by changing the condition itself, but by changing their relationship to it. In a sense, what this means is that the person becomes larger than their condition with its pain and/or other unpleasant symptoms. The condition can be held within a bigger container of awareness, with kindness and acceptance rather than harsh rejection and resistance.
The founder of mindfulness in medicine, Jon Kabat-Zinn, calls mindfulness work 'participatory medicine'. People who attend mindfulness courses do not sit passively while 'experts' treat them. Instead they participate in their own healing by practicing mindfulness. In doing so they tap into their own inner resources, their own wisdom, and discover how to live well, even with a painful condition.
This course is for people living with long-term health conditions. So far the course has helped people suffering from chronic back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, post-operative pain, cancer, multiple sclerosis, CFS/ME, neuropathies, Parkinson’s disease, and many other types of pain and illness.
Each week on this eight-week course you will learn new strategies and approaches within a warm and friendly group setting. You will also be given daily home practices to deepen your learning and integrate it into your life.
CDs and a handbook will be given to support your home practice.