An Introductory Workshop on Mindfulness Meditation
29th November 2021
Venue: London Road Community Hospital, Derby DE1 2QY.
Led by Dr Lih-Mei Liao Consultant Psychologist
Mindfulness meditation is an ancient practice, an art of ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’. Through regular practice, we cultivate a capacity to experience without judgement what comes up in body and mind in the present moment — be they pleasant or unpleasant. In time, we become more aware of our habitual reactions in thought, emotions, and behaviours. In struggling less and becoming more accepting of what’s here, our relationship to difficulties ease, and there is more scope to experience joy.
Relevance for care providers
Many care providers feel compelled to fix problems, often in the interest of care users’ health and wellbeing but sometimes due to the high expectations they have of themselves. Though understandable, this tendency can cause ourselves and service users more stress than necessary. Mindfulness can help us to become more aware of our tendencies. In noticing them for what they are, we can respond to challenges with more clarity and wisdom, without always trying to fix people.
This ‘taster’ day has been designed with your own self-care in mind. There will be a balance between shorter and longer, still and moving mindfulness practices. On the day, you will be encouraged and supported to honour all your experiences with a relaxed attentiveness and curiosity. The learning that you take with you will arise from the process of experiencing you own ‘weather patterns’ from moment to moment without judgment. The process may be blissful, challenging, somewhere in between, none or all of these states.
You will find out through actual experience what mindfulness is and isn’t, so that you can decide whether it would be helpful or appropriate for your client group. The workshop is not intended to equip you with the skills to deliver mindfulness interventions. That requires a continuous in-depth training and personal practice. If you wish to embark on the journey of teaching mindfulness, there will be opportunities to discuss with the facilitator as to how to go about it.
If you are applying for funding to attend the workshop, it is important that your service is aware that this course is intended to offer the opportunity for your own personal and professional development. Implicit in your application is a tacit understanding that the workshop on its own does NOT provide a basis for delivering clinical interventions.
Do wear comfortable clothes in layers on the day. Socks or flat shoes are highly recommended, though you may wish to experience some of the practices barefooted too. If you can bring a mat and cushion you will be able to vary your postures more; otherwise please bring a towel for the floor practices.
The workshop is led by Dr Lih-Mei Liao, who has worked in the NHS as a clinical psychologist for 30 years and has been developing as a mindfulness teacher for 15 years.
We very much look forward to exploring mindfulness with you.
What previous delegates have said about this event:
'Since the course I have introduced Mindfulness meditation into my daily living and am already feeling the benefits. A very positive course and one that I will encourage others to undertake.'.
CPD Certificate of Attendance Awarded: 6.5 hours
Limited funded places may be available for AHP’s & Nurses working for the NHS within the East Midlands.