The Sussex Beacon will be running a Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Course from Tuesday 18th April, for anyone living with HIV in Sussex. In this 8-week course Mindfulness Specialist Nicky Mouat will explain key principles and practices that can help improve our emotional well-being, improve our ability to cope with life’s challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, promote healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and lead to more satisfying personal relationships.
The course is a heartfelt, nurturing programme that uses meditations, group discussion, and experiential exercises, to explore the following themes:
- Bringing mindfulness and self-compassion into daily life;
- Handling difficult situations and emotions with greater ease;
- Motivating ourselves with kindness rather than self-criticism;
- Growing and sustaining compassion for others to improve relationships;
- Practicing the art of savouring and self-appreciation;
- Exploring the role of self-compassion in caregiver fatigue;
- Developing an understanding of the science around how self-compassion works.
Cultivating self-compassion in this way can fundamentally shift how we relate to ourselves. Instead of meeting our imperfections and challenges with self-blame and criticism, we can bring a kind and mindful attention to our experiences (thoughts, emotions, and sensations) and a sense of love and care to ourselves, right in the midst of difficult situations. With practice, we can strengthen this inner quality of presence, connectedness, and kindness to improve emotional well-being and build resilience.
It is important that you attend all 8 of the sessions to get the maximum benefit from the course. Each session runs from 2pm-430pm, unless otherwise advised. To apply for the course please contact:
Hattie Yannaghas or Lucy Hutchinson on 01273694222
Once the course is completed you will be able to access monthly mindfulness sessions with The Sussex Beacon, should you wish.