Welcome to Mindfulness for Everyone!
Mindfulness For Everyone is based in Girvan, Ayrshire and our goal is to provide Mindfulness and Compassion Training to everyone whether you are an individual or an organisation. We believe that these trainings are not just helpful for coping with difficult circumstances we may encounter in our daily life but are a path which, with ongoing practice, leads to a healthier and happier way of living and enable us to deal with these encounters or symptoms that occur in our life that you can use for the rest of your life.
What is Mindfulness?
Being mindful is our natural ability to be aware of whatever we experience, as it happens in our body and mind.
A lot of the time however, we are not mindfully aware and we function on ‘autopilot’ or become lost in our thoughts of the past or the future. This reduces the quality of our lives and can lead to unnecessary suffering.
In our Mindfulness and Compassion classes we simply sit and notice what happens as we pay close attention to our thoughts and feelings. This gives us greater insight into our difficulties and thus more control over our responses to them, which leads to the easing of any physical pain or emotional distress we may experience. Mindfulness is a way of staying present in the present moment. It helps us become aware of our thoughts, feelings and body sensations, so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we are better able to manage them.
Mindfulness is taught within the NHS and is part of the NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. There is now plenty of evidence showing the vast effects that mindfulness can have in our lives. The Mindful Nation Report by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) details evidence of the effectiveness of Mindfulness training in Health and Education.
What is Compassion?
There are many definitions that you may come across to what Compassion is. You could say that Compassion is Courage. The Courage to alleviating suffering within ourselves and others.
“Sensitivity to the suffering of self and others with the deep commitment to try to relieve it” HH The Dalai Lama
“Look into your own hearts, discover what gives us pain, and to refuse under any circumstance to inflict this pain on anyone else” Karen Armstrong
What it can do for you…
There is a lot of research to prove the benefits of Mindfulness and that it enhances physical and mental wellbeing. Mindfulness can dramatically reduce pain and our emotional reaction to it; the other proven benefits are stress, low mood, anxiety, irritability all will decrease with regular Mindfulness practice as well as improving the bodies immune system.
So here at Mindfulness For Everyone we take a compassionate approach to our teaching Mindfulness, as well as offering specific teaching in Compassion following the approach of Mindful Compassion. See About Us and Our Courses.
“Many of the problems that we have with our minds are not our fault, but that, nevertheless, we need to take responsibility for training our minds. After all, it might not be your fault if a lightning bolt destroys your roof, but its your responsibility to repair it and learning how to do that skilfully is not a bad idea. Mindfulness and Compassion are both a means for doing just this and healing some of the other problems that nature has unwittingly bestowed upon us.” Gilbert & Choden (2014) Mindful Compassion.