One-to-One Mindfulness Sessions
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice that has developed over some 2,500 years. It is defined as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn).
Daniel J Siegel tells us that “Mindfulness in its most general sense is about waking up from a life on automatic.” And Sharon Salzberg that “Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in a way that creates space for insight.
It is a thinking process that is a very practical way of enabling us to pay attention to what is happening to us and around us, and allows us to be in the moment – not thinking about what has happened in the past, or worrying about what may or may not happen in the future.
Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; being compassionate with yourself..
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
For most of us, mindlessness is our default position, operating for much of the time on automatic pilot.
We are mind-full rather than mindful.
There is now a vast amount of research that demonstrates conclusively that mindfulness practice can help improve our mental and physical well-being. Benefits may include:
reduced stress, anxiety and irritability improved mood
greater peace of mind better sleep
improved productivity at work feeling happier and more fulfilled
better relationships improved memory, attention skills and decision-making
improved creativity more resilience
a boosted immune system
How can we practice mindfulness?
In practical terms, there are two basic ways in which we can practice mindfulness.
- Carry out some of our day-to-day activities in a mindful way. For example when we drive we can switch off the audio, and in the silence concentrate on how we feel – any tension, any stressors, any strong emotions. We can drive at a reasonable speed instead of trying to get to our destination as fast as possible. We can notice the sounds we can hear, the colours and shapes of objects that we pass and the sensation of touch – with the steering wheel and gear lever. Or even brushing your teeth – notice the colours of the toothbrush and toothpaste, the sound of running water and the sensation of the brush on your teeth.
- We can practice mindfulness meditation or our own in a group or on a one-to-one basis with a mindfulness teacher. This involves focusing on the breath either in silence, listening to chanting or following a guided meditation.
Benefits of mindfulness one-to-one instruction
- bespoke sessions, tailored specifically to your own particular needs after an initial consultation with the teacher
- a dedicated time for you, including to discuss specific relevant issues
- the ability to work at your own pace, and discuss your personal progress whilst getting more in-depth support
- a private, safe, nurturing environment.
The Meditation Circle offers private one-to-one mindfulness sessions with one of our experienced mindfulness teachers in a purpose built meditation room in the heart of the New Forest. Home visits can also be arranged.
Each course is tailor-made to suit your needs, and is held at a time to suit you. Areas that we work with include stress, depression and pain management.
Each session lasts for 60 or 90 minutes and can be weekly, monthly, or designed as an 8 or 10-week course based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Sessions are structured around you, but typically can include basic or advanced mindfulness instruction, discussion, sitting, walking & lying meditation, bodyscan, loving kindness meditation etc.
Standard prices: 1 hour – £40; 90 minutes – £50. Discounts available for block booking
Please email email@example.com to arrange a no-fee, no obligation 20 minute initial consultation.
Small-Group Mindfulness Sessions – Home or Office
We also offer tailor- made mindfulness instruction and practice in your home or office for small groups of up to six people.
Please contact us for more details, including prices.