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Lesley Shearer Counselling Bothwell

Mindfulness & Meditation

Mindfulness is one way of giving attention to, as well as seeing clearly, whatever is happening in our lives. One definition holds that it is about paying attention in a particular way, quite deliberately, focusing on the present moment and without judgement. While it can’t take away life’s pressures or problems, it can enable us to respond more calmly and to gain clarity and insight. Being mindful also means being more fully present, whether in life or at work, and having an enhanced quality of life.

Mediation is a state of peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent. Individuals can use this practice to train the mind and gain a particular state of consciousness to either gain a specific benefit or for the mind to just acknowledge its content without becoming identified with it, as an end in itself. Recent research links it with stress reduction, relaxation and an enhanced quality of life.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed at the University of Massachusetts in the 1970s and combines meditation, mindfulness, yoga and body awareness to help people become more mindful.

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) is aimed at those recovering from addiction. It heightens awareness of triggers of a relapse, patterns of destructive patterns and brings awareness to the choices we have every day.

I offer the above as group or individual sessions as a form of therapy for a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress and addiction recovery.

I also offer Mindfulness for young adults aged 15- 19 year olds.