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Learning to live well with cancer - Mindfulness course
Tue, 2 May 2017, 14:00 – Tue, 27 Jun 2017, 16:00 BST
'We might not choose cancer but we can choose how we respond to the many challenges of living with it'
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a skill that anyone of us can learn that teaches us to pay attention in the present moment, with kindness and curiosity.
Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges and helps us notice how physical sensations in the body, thoughts and emotions can feed into each other and how we become preoccupied with often worrying thoughts about the past or future. We discover how to be present with the pleasurable moments of our lives rather than caught up in fears and anxieties.
Mindfulness helps create the space to consciously choose how we respond to the stresses and the challenges of life that can be very empowering. This maybe particularly welcome after a diagnosis of cancer when things may feel very much beyond our control.
Is it new for people with cancer?
No, mindfulness based approaches have been helping people living with and beyond cancer for a long time. The proven benefits are immense - reduced stress and anxiety, improved sleep quality, improved pain management, increased sense of well-being and increased immune function.
What is involved in the course?
The course is taught in eight 2 hour weekly sessions from 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm. Please note there will not be a session on Tuesday 30th May (due to half-term holidays).
◦ guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices and mindful movement
◦ opportunity to explore your experiences with these practices through group dialogue, to support learning and understanding
◦ a short breathing practice to use in times of stress
◦ theoretical teaching
◦ home practice of meditations and weekly suggestions for ways of integrating mindfulness into daily life
◦ CDs with guided meditation for home practice and weekly handouts to support learning
Optional one day silent practice session
There will be an optional one day silent practice session for people to join. This will take place at the same location as the course and will start at 10.00 am and finish at 3.00 pm. This session will take on Saturday 17th June 2017.
About Home Practice
Mindfulness is more a way of being than a technique and it is the regular daily practice (30 minutes) that increases the likelihood of being able to use mindfulness when times are particularly tough.
By committing to the daily practice, at least for the duration of the course, you give yourself the best opportunity to experience a difference in how you relate to what is happening in your life. You may be surprised!
About the course tutor
Clare McLusky, MSt Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Oxon)
Clare is a mindfulness trainer, who began her personal meditation practice 10 years ago following treatment for cancer. The insights and practices she learnt were invaluable to her then, as they are now for coping with her own pain, fear and the stress of everyday life.
Her interest has always been in helping people to take charge of their own lives, initially working as an occupational therapist in mental health and more recently for the cancer charity Yes to Life. Training to teach mindfulness seemed a natural progression for her as the simple practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgement allows the space for self-healing and consciously choosing, how we respond to stress, pain and illness and the demands of everyday life.
What to do next?
If you are interested in taking part, please contact Yes to Life to receive a registration form. Following this you will have an opportunity to talk with the course tutor about the particular challenges you maybe facing at the moment and to learn more about mindfulness and how it may help. You will be able to chat about any concerns you may have which may help in deciding if it’s the right course for you or the right time to be embarking on it. It is a challenging but at the same time life-enhancing course.
Participation is always at your own level of comfort