What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a form of meditation with its roots in Buddhism. It helps you develop skills and techniques to cope with the daily challenges a busy life can bring such as stress and anxiety. It involves making a special effort to give your full attention to what is happening in the present moment –and to what's happening in your body, your mind and or your surroundings.
Why should I practice Mindfulness?
Recently Mindfulness has seen resurgence and is a ‘buzz word’, but this should not take away from the fact that it really works. Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence as a technique to reduce stress and prevent the recurrence of depression. It is a tool that, when used effectively, can bring many benefits. Mindfulness can reduce the pace of life to a manageable level, helping you make the most of time and enjoy a calmer lifestyle.
Who is it for?
Mindfulness has proven beneficial to busy mums who just need to take time out to relax and re-energise. It is for professionals who experience stress and want to find a healthy way to deal with it, it is for people who work in environments where burn out is a possibility, and for those on in the creative side of life where focus and problem solving are important.
The AWARE Mindfulness Programme is delivered in a 2-hour session once a week delivered over 6 consecutive weeks or in 2 full day sessions (This is depending on what programme is available in your area). Running over 6-weeks, you will learn coping techniques and share/learn confidentially from others in your group. The Mindfulness Programme is delivered in various locations throughout Northern Ireland.
We strongly suggest completing the full course to get the overall benefit of the practice.
In this video, AWARE's Mindfulness Practitioner Frank Liddy explains what Mindfulness is and what will happen when you participate in an AWARE Mindfulness programme.
What happens at the first session of the AWARE Mindfulness Programme? This video explores your first day of Mindfulness
In this video, AWARE Mindfulness Practitioner Frank Liddy explains the environment of each Mindfulness course and what to expect when you are in a session.
In this video - past participants of the AWARE Mindfulness Programme explain why they practice Mindfulness and the benefits of practicing Mindfulness in their day to day life.