Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

Guided Mindfulness Meditation Sitting Group in Essex Village every Wednesday, mornings from 10am-11am and also evenings 6:45pm-7:45pm (at 8 Novelty Lane).   Contact us to reserve your spot or register on mindbody online!  Beginner’s Welcome! A $10 donation is appreciated.

Is your mind often filled with worries about the future or anxieties about the past? Do you feel like you can’t live in the present? Would you like to be free to live according to your own beliefs? Would you like to deepen your ability to consciously participate in your own life?

Are you willing to actively engage in your own health and well-being?

Mindfulness training and mindfulness-based counseling come from a variety of contemplative traditions throughout history. These practices put you in touch with your mind and body to restore a sense of balance, improve your sense of well-being and enrich your enjoyment of life. Mindfulness can be trained systematically, and can be implemented in daily life, by people of any age, profession or background.

In the last 10 years, significant research has shown mindfulness to address health issues and helps to lower blood pressure and boost the immune system; increase attention and focus, including aid those suffering from ADHD; help with difficult mental states such as anxiety and depression, fostering well-being and less emotional reactivity; and thicken the brain in areas in charge of decision making, emotional flexibility, and empathy.

It is a challenge to notice what is going on in our minds because it brings us into direct contact with our anxieties, our judgments, and our vulnerabilities. We come to see the often automatic nature of our thinking, which can take us into worrying about the future or reliving the past. But as we develop mindful awareness and we adopt a compassionate present moment way of observing the contents of our minds, we come to see what attitudes are helpful for kind and skillful interactions and which can cause problems. Grounded more and more in mindfulness, our minds are free to respond skillfully to any given situation.

Individual and group mindfulness training and counseling sessions are available.

In both individual and group sessions clients learn mindfulness concepts that include: Overview of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Body, Obstacles to Mindfulness, Working with Difficult Emotions, Cultivating Positive Emotions, Working with Difficult Thoughts, and Mindful Interactions

Clients also learn a variety of mindfulness practices so that each client can discover which practices best meet his or her needs. Practices taught include: Sitting Meditation, Eating Meditation, Body Scan, Daily Life Meditations, Walking Meditation, Practices to Develop Positive Emotions, and Relational Mindfulness.

The structure of individual sessions is variable to best meet your needs and to help you reach your goals.

  • Individual 60-minute mindfulness session $160
  • Individual 90-minute mindfulness session $225

For group programs an initial assessment interview is required for all participants.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Group
for Health & Wellbeing
Eight Week, Two-Hour ClassesThe cost of the MBCT Group Program including screening interview is $350. There is a $25 materials fee for written materials and home practice CDs/MP3s.
Some insurance companies may reimburse for part of the cost of this therapeutic group program.
Interested persons should contact:
Elizabeth Hale, LCSW, CPC, 860-767-1517, ext. 8 or
Essex Wellness Center at the Shore 860-391-8840.MBCT brings together the latest understandings of modern science and a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation to create a proven program that increases physical and psychological health. In fact, scientific studies have shown that regular mindfulness practice results in reduced anxiety and depression, reduced tension and fatigue, greater self-awareness, increased ability to manage stress, and improved sleep.

Specifically, the MBCT program integrates the evidence-based techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with elements of insight meditation practice, relaxation techniques, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. It also cultivates the attitudes of acceptance, patience, self-compassion, open-mindedness and gentle persistence. This synthesis, which teaches a different way of knowing the mind and body, helps participants make a powerful shift in how they deal with stressful thoughts and feelings. As participants learn the skills to avoid the gravitational pull of unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviors, a growing sense of genuine happiness and contentment can flourish.

The MBCT program consists of eight weekly two-hour classes and daily home practice. It is important that participants make a commitment to attend each session and find time for home practice. The next MBCT Group will be held in the Fall at Essex Wellness Center at the Shore (1921 Boston Post Road Westbrook, CT.) An initial interview is required of all potential participants to ensure a good fit with the program, to provide additional information and to answer any questions.

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