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What is mindfulness?

I first learned to practice mindfulness following a stress related breakdown which left me in hospital. My mind froze like a computer with too many windows open - I couldn't sleep or read anything.  

 

My mission is to help others learn this simple tool for living, so that no one need get as ill as I did before they find for themselves what wonderful things living mindfully can reveal about our every day lives.

 

Mindfulness helped me to recover from that breakdown and return successfully to my old position at work as a lawyer. The same stresses surround me, but I now know how to listen to my body communicating with me rather than living solely in my head and relying totally on my intellect. I have learned how to watch thoughts as they pass through my head, without attaching meaning to them as "the truth".

 

I learned to teach others the skill of mindfulness, at the world renowned Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University.

 

Though Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy  (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Relief (MBSR) are relatively new, the skills of Mindfulness are as ancient as their roots in Buddhist teaching over 2,500 years old, although to say Mindfulness is Buddhist is like saying Newton invented gravity.

 

Modern MBCT however has more in common with clinical science than religion, and is a purely secular activity helping those who practice regularly to "fall awake" to what is going on around them "with more notices per minute" just like a sportsman in the zone, or a musician emphasising nuances in a piece of music that show his skill.

 

MBCT as designed by John Teasdale, Mark Williams and Zindel Segal in 2002 is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness training (MBSR) developed in the 1990s. The way it is taught is traditionally through attendance at an 8 week course of about 2 hours per week, in a small group, supplemented by home practice in between each weekly class. Although best taught in groups of 4 to 8 people as an inquiry into life, MBCT can also be guided on a one-on-one basis using the tools supplied by books and cds available in high street book shops.

 

The best way to learn mindfulness is when guided by a professional.

MINDFULNESS is the AWARENESS that comes from

Paying attention on Purpose in the Present moment

to things just as they are NON-JUDGMENTALLY

 

 

Sophie Jane teaches at the Green Door Clinic near Harley Street, in Central London and delivers mindfulness in the workplace training together with Sacha Grocholewska-Iwanejko of Moving Universe.

 

Learning mindfulness with Sole Philosophy involves an initial assessment with Sophie Jane to discuss what mindfulness is and what it isn't, so each participant gets a good idea of what they might expect to benefit from by taking this course. The course usually takes 8 weeks to complete, but is only a starter in your mindful journey through life.

 

Sophie Jane also runs sitting groups, where graduates can join together in a calming space to practice mindfulness. Here you will learn more of the 200+ mindful activities to add to the basic training of the 8 week course.

 

Sophie Jane also volunteers as a listener for the charity LawCare who exist to help lawyers and their families and employees through sign-posting and listening. Sophie has trained with Mental Health First Aid England to be a registered Mental Health First Aider.

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