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Follow on course: Meditation into LifePicture of someone after meditating

Breathing Space runs a follow-on course, Meditation into Life, for people who have completed a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) or Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) course at Breathing Space. Meditation into Life is a six-week course that can help you refresh and take further what you learnt on your MBCT or MBRP course. The course was pioneered at Breathing Space by Dr Paramabandhu Groves, a consultant NHS psychiatrist. Book now

What is Meditation into Life

Meditation into Life draws on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which was developed in the USA and has been shown to be effective with a wide range of problems. It uses three main techniques to challenge negative thinking and feelings:

  • Mindfulness: Being aware of what is happening in your experience, in your mind and your body.
  • Acceptance: Trying to rid ourselves of pain only increases it. Instead you can 'turn towards' your difficult experiences and cultivate an attitude of acceptance. This doesn't mean being defeated or just 'putting up with' suffering. Rather, you can explore what thoughts lie beneath the difficult experiences, and learn ways to 'defuse' from them.
  • Commitment: Learning to free yourself from the traps and barriers of life, and see what you really want your life to be.

What happens on a Meditation into Life course at Breathing Space?

During the course, you will learn ways to refresh and deepen what you learnt on your Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) or Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) course. You will do this in a group of up to 25 people, with the course leader guiding you through a series of meditations.

Sharing your experiences with other people on the course

You will also meet in smaller groups to talk about your experiences of the meditations. You will not have to reveal anything you do not want to. The course focuses on current experience and how to work with your thoughts and emotions - it is not about trying to find the cause of your past depressions.

Meditation into Life course home practice

The Meditation into Life course includes some home practice. It's important you do as much of this as you can, because it takes some effort to learn the skills you need to break long-held patterns of thinking. You will be given CDs to take home with guided meditations to practise every day between the course sessions. You will also be asked to do a few brief daily exercises and keep a simple diary of what you have been doing.

Committing to Meditation into Life

We understand that it is often difficult to carve out time in an already busy life to come to all six classes and do the home practice. But we'll be encouraging you to do what you can to help yourself stay well. The more you can commit to practising between classes the more you will benefit from the course.

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