To say it shortly, mindfulness means a way of training your own attention. As humans, we are often too busy with everything. Often, we are with our heads up in the clouds, constantly thinking about the future and things that happened in the past. This means that we are frequently not in the NOW. Because of this we miss a lot of the things that are present in the now; how we really feel and what is happening around us. How great wouldn’t it be to get completely lost in those moments, such as a sunset or listening to music?
Mindfulness can help you switch from the “auto-pilot” to the “be-mode.” Instead of automatically resisting against annoying feelings, you can try to stand still at those feelings in an accepting, not a judging way. This will allow you to feel what you are experiencing in that moment. This is a skill you can practice. Just like doing sports to train your muscles, your mind can learn to relax. To not react immediately on everything. To discover those tied up patterns and to get your freedom. To see thoughts as mental happenings which come and go, instead of facts which you need to do all kinds of things with. The result? You will become calmer, get a more positive way of living and you’ll learn to watch situations with curiosity and mildness. Even the things which you more preferably want to avoid.
Mindfulness an epilepsy/chronic illness
What does mindfulness mean for people with epilepsy or another chronic illness? Of course, the meaning of mindfulness remains the same. The overview of a course is also broadly the same (but it will be specifically adapt to you). The big difference is that mindfulness attends you to investigate how you can deal with your epilepsy / illness. What do you need?
Mindfulness isn’t a theory, nor is it a course that causes the epilepsy or disease to disappear. But it can help you to allow it. Thus, if you have fears, feelings of epileptic activity, an attack, pain or something else then you stand still for it. Then, allow yourself to observe this just to notice what is there. This without a judgment or to want to change it, precisely because it is not possible. However, you can find out what you need to deal with this. This may sound complicated and inconvenient and a big chance that this not will work immediately. But when you start with it then it will become easier and it will do you good.
Firstly, a mindfulness course can take care of:
- Reducing stress
- Better concentration
- Better sleep
- Better way of dealing with psychical problems and pain
- Less worrying
- A better way of handling depressive complaints or recovering from a burn-out
- Increased self-confidence
- Recognition of daily patterns
- More balance in life
- A more consciously way of living and enjoying more of life
In addition, the specialization of this course provides for:
- Dealing with what is there
- Acceptance of the situation
- Living with what you have
- Being open to the people around you
- Being honest to yourself, without the feelings of guilt or shame
- Enjoy the little things
What does the course consist of?
This mindfulness group training will consist of eight sessions of 2 to 2.5 hours, each with a different theme. In this specific course, natural attention is also paid to the theme of epilepsy / chronic illness. In addition to the fixed components such as: meditation, attention exercises and simple exercise exercises, we will examine together what is needed and useful. In between training sessions, you will practice at home with audio material and guided meditations. You will also receive a workbook with which you will deepen and get to work. If you run into something during a course, have doubts about something or you just find it difficult, you can always contact me.
The advantage of a group is that it is nice to learn from the others and share with others. It is also possible to follow an individual training that consists of 1 to 1.5 hours. On an individual basis, the program can be more focused on your own goals and wishes. In both cases we have a short intake meeting to get to know each other and discuss your goals.
For more information you can always contact me!
The mindfulness workshop
Besides a mindfulness course there is also a workshop. This workshop is very suitable for you if you still have doubts about whether mindfulness suits you well or if you want to experience the mindfulness atmosphere together with a group of people. Curious? Take a look at: mindfulness workshop.
Finally: compensation from the employer
Employers are often willing to pay the costs of a mindfulness. Training and development budgets and jars for sustainability promotion are available for this. Always ask your employer for the possibilities for reimbursement.