Recognising the best way forward for you
Benefit from a tailored experience designed to meet your needs.
For some attending a group session at a set time in a fixed location is not a viable option. It could be that the best way to access Mindfulness in this case is through 1 to 1 sessions.
There could be several advantages to having sessions tailored to fit your circumstances. This might include venue, dates and times as well as sessions focused on meeting your requirements, or doing the course online.
There is one significant limitation with 1 to 1 work – mutual sharing and experience. When there are say 8 people in the room, there will be 8 different experiences of the same practice. If 6 people are happy to share their particular experience (always optional) then there is a likelihood their comments will resonate with others, perhaps the whole group. This is the commonality, a realisation that others too may be experiencing something that you believed only affected you.
So in a 1 to 1 session I will draw anonymously on the comments expressed by others about their experience. This shared experience is a important component of Mindfulness, so it is vital it is present too in 1 to 1 sessions.
What does this service offer?
A personalised focus.
In our early conversations, I always ask people what has drawn them to Mindfulness – what is their intention? Initially, it’s common for people to be unable to state this beyond recognising, or feeling, that change is needed.
We can explore this together as we work through the 8 week programme. Mindfulness is as personal to you as your DNA. It is your experience in the moment, through formal and informal practices, that will create your learning in Mindfulness.
Making Mindfulness available to you.
Fortunately, Mindfulness requires little more than the space to place two chairs in a undisturbed location. Accordingly, the time and place of Mindfulness sessions can enjoy great flexibility and can also be done online. Recognising and prioritising your needs can lead to Mindfulness becoming a viable option. A discussion about your requirements is the next step.
A programme to meet your needs.
1 to 1 programmes follow the same structure of group programmes e.g. for teenagers, for adults, in the workplace etc. Once we have established your intentions for coming to Mindfulness we will be able to work personally within this structure. This model retains the integrity of accredited Mindfulness programmes while also acknowledging your specific requirements.
Getting the logistics right for you.
I will listen to what will work best for you and see if I am in a position to help. 1 to 1 sessions give the added flexibility of time, location and format of sessions that can often make Mindfulness accessible.
In this informative clip Michael Chaskalson explores for BBC Breakfast his experience of undertaking a Mindfulness course.
He talks of how his initial skepticism was replaced with an understanding how Mindfulness can be a vehicle for change in how you live your life.
Thank you to the BBC for allowing this to be shared on YouTube so we can all watch it.
Accessibility is important to me. I feel there are enough barriers in the way that our society functions, I want to remove them rather than add to them. I start every conversation with a ‘can do’ approach. This will often require being creative and adopting new approaches to see if we can find a way forward together.
I also work with integrity – again this is very important to me. I will be honest if I feel that Mindfulness or what I can offer will not serve your needs. I will try to offer guidance and ideas to other possible ways forward for you.