‘Mindfulness’ is coming to Wellington. The technique is in the news as an increasingly fashionable practice that aims to treat anxiety, depression and stress without the use of medication.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) involves sitting still, focusing on breath, noticing when attention wanders and returning it to breathing. The idea is to develop ‘moment by moment awareness’.
Karolina Little is introducing MBCT and “mindfulness-based stress reduction” (MBSR) to the local community through a series of mindfulness classes beginning on 23 September at the Lang Room in Rockwell Green.
According to her website Karolina “works as a professional coach and Mindfulness teacher who has worked one-on-one with key Mindfulness and meditation teachers and has attended multi-day insight meditation & leadership retreats.”
She says, “I have been practising Mindfulness since 2009 after attending a Transformational Leadership Course in Drogheda, Ireland. I formally trained with Miranda Bevis undertaking her MBSR course. Upon completion I decided to study further and teach Mindfulness to others, and undertook training with Shamash Aladina. I am currently working with a number of Mindfulness practitioners through CoachMindfully.com.”
Investigations into the outcomes of MBCT by psychiatrists have identified the importance of proper training for mindfulness course leaders. The therapy itself has the capacity to expose distressing experiences as well as changing in a positive way the patterns of thinking and behaving that may interfere with an individual’s capacity to live a healthy life.
Based on the 2400 year-old Buddhist tradition of meditation which focuses on breathing, it has been found in clinical studies carried out at Oxford University to be capable of reducing lapses into depression and can be “as effective as taking anti-depressants.”