I offer sessions and workshops in Mindfulness. Please contact me for more information - www.portmacquariecounselling.com - click here to go to my website.

"Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment." ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

There are tools that we can use to help us reduce the stress response and to bring us into calm and focus. Mindfulness could be one of the most practical ways to help us to calm down and to be present. Mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment, without judgement. It comes from various traditions, and the history of the practice is thousands of years old. Today, science is proving it to be one of the most useful tools we have. I offer a series of workshops on Mindfulness - for adults, the workplace and to use with children. Click here for my contact details.

Social psychologist Ellen Langer, founder of the Langer Mindfulness Institute, tells us what mindfulness is, what it isn't, and how it can help us increase our wellbeing.

Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness.
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STOP: This is a practice out of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and co-authored by Bob Stahl Ph.D. and Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. (New Harbinger, 2010). This short mindfulness practice is meant to be sprinkled throughout the day to support you in becoming more present, reducing stress, and being more effective in every day life.

Jon Kabat-Zinn explores how mindfulness-based stress reduction can help you to go beyond the self, to identify and alleviate suffering in others.

Joseph Goldstein Mindfulness: What it is and is not.

Director of Translational Neuroscience, Contemplative Studies Initiative Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Family Medicine. Why does mindfulness meditation begin by focusing on the breath? Does mindfulness-based somatic awareness (cultivated through attention to breath, body sensations) change the brain? Catherine Kerr received a B.A. from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. Before arriving at Brown, she was at Harvard Medical School where her original focus was on developing innovative approaches for investigating placebo effects. Currently, her work focuses on using Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and other tools to investigate brain mechanisms underlying body-based attention and healing in mindfulness and other mind-body practices such as Tai Chi.

Dana Winston - The Practice of Mindfulness. Diana Winston is the director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Mindful Awareness Center, and the author of several books on mindfulness and meditation. With more than 20 years in the study and practice of mindfulness, Diana explains how routinely taking the time to be in the moment can have a profound impact on our everyday lives and relationships.

Mindfulness in Relationships

Mindfulness in schools. Stop. Breathe. Pay attention. "Our mental health and well-being are profoundly affected by where and how we place our attention". In this enlightening talk, Richard guides through a short mindfulness meditation, and shares his experience of teaching mindfulness in schools. He reveals some of the amazing benefits being mindful can bring to the classroom and inspires the audience with simple ways to bring more awareness to how we respond to our everyday experiences.

Richard Burnett is co-founder of the Mindfulness in Schools Project. With Chris Cullen and Chris O'Neill, Richard wrote the highly-acclaimed 9 week mindfulness course, .b (pronounced dot-b), designed to engage adolescents in the classroom. He is a teacher and Housemaster at Tonbridge School, the first school in the UK to put mindfulness on the curriculum, an event covered by press, TV and radio in early 2010. Since then, thousands of young people have been taught .b in a wide range of educational contexts, from independent girls' schools like St Pauls to Young People's Support Services for those excluded from school. .b is now being taught in the UK, USA, Germany, France, Finland, Denmark, Holland and Thailand. For more information on the Mindfulness in Schools Project go to Mindfulness in Schools.org