I'm really going to miss this course! it's been an amazing journey - thank you! I didn't always know why I was practicing some things, but the advice given at the beginning of the course to 'just do it and see what happens' was the best advice. I really do get it now and am determined to keep the practices going. I had high hopes for the course and was worried that I was expecting too much of it (I struggle with anxiety and depression and had got stranded - being perpetually sad about the past and worrying about the future), but it really has helped me understand how I was living (or existing really) and has given me some really useful and useable tools for connecting more with everyday and noticing and changing old and unhelpful habits. I'm so grateful. thank you so much.
I have found this course extremely useful. Physically, I have become much more relaxed; my posture awareness has increased (the use of the word "dignified" during the sitting meditation, in tandem with the emphasis on breathing awareness, has acted as a strong trigger for me to automatically correct my posture). I now feel that I have become much more conscious of the fact that I am taking charge of my well-being, while doing so in a kind and gentle way. I found the course to be very comprehensive in its range of activities - including the reviews and questionnaire for self-assessment - and its immediate and direct application to everyday life. In order to reinforce, and maintain the good habits that I have learned from your course, I have enrolled myself on a eight-week course starting mid-September. Your course has motivated me to take this action.
I would also agree that working with someone else, or joining a group, is a great help. My daughter and I took your course together and were able to share our experiences throughout the four weeks, which will also encourage us to further discuss our progress with our personal commitment to mindful living. Thank you for your excellent presentation of Mindfulness Practice and your guidance throughout each exercise.
I've taken the Be Mindful Online course partly as an investigation of its applicability as part of the stress management tools we can offer students. I have to say I've been really impressed with the course, both the content and in the online presentation format. Really good,. the practices are gentle and (for me at least) effective, even starting from a pretty unstressed outlook at the beginning. I thoroughly recommend it.
I signed up for the online course after coming across it on Twitter! I had already heard about it from someone else - but it came into my awareness at a moment when I was feeling crushed by overwhelming stress in my life that had resulted in me feeling depressed and joyless. The practices seemed so simple it did not seem credible that it could make a difference - yet I immediately noticed that I was less stressed, calmer - and, most importantly, HAPPIER! I thoroughly recommend it!
What a wonderful course, calm and designed for people like me - ordinary - I felt confident that I could do it and enjoyed the experience. Thank you very much.
I found the course really helpful as it actually voiced very accurately what I was thinking and thus made me realise that I'm not the only one who thinks the way I do. It also showed me that there are tools there to actually help me cope with the thoughts and feelings that have been stressing me so much. I hope to go on and continue to use these tools in my daily life to help me keep things in perspective and calm me.
I found this course stimulating and thought-provoking. I would certainly recommend it to those who are starting to come out of the main pit of depression and who want to find an alternative route out of the maze of self-destructive thoughts.
I thought at first this course was nothing new, and perhaps of little substance, but decided to put negativity to one side and go with it. Whilst it is what you say an introductory course, I then found some really useful insights into managing stress and low mood which I think I will be able to use myself and also recommend to my patients. Being an 'Awareness' rather than a 'Relaxation' approach is a real breakthrough. Well worth it!
I have attended mindfulness courses in the past but wasn't comfortable with the group setting and found it very difficult to practise alone. The guided meditation practices of this online course were a tremendous help in establishing regular mindfulness practice.
I have been suffering with bi-polar for most of my life, and especially since 1978 when I was first admitted to a psychiatric hospital. I am now 62 and have been on many courses over the years but this has given me the most help and given me the most positive outlook that any have ever given me. I feel that I can take this forward into my life and that it will be a useful tool for progression. I have learnt techniques that are straight forward, and some only take a short time to relieve my stress, whereas before it would take much longer. It does however take practise and I feel that if I can keep this practise going that my life will be improved. It has already improved significantly giving me less stress and more confidence, without the feeling that I can't be in control of how I react to stressful situations. The course was well structured and the videos were excellent. I found all the exercises were easy to follow and I now feel a new confidence in going forward with my life.
I have found this course extremely useful at a time in my life when my normal coping techniques were not working. I felt that everything was out of control, including me, and knew that I needed to reach out for something different to support myself. I am now on the road to recovery. I have found ways to continue my life with a new awareness and gentleness towards myself and life's events to enable a better balance. I would recommend this course to anyone who is finding life stressful.
I had been reading about mindfulness meditation and I got more and more interested in the benefits it could bring, so when I saw this online course I decided to go for it with no hesitation. At the end of the 4 weeks I am extremely satisfied and I can recommend it because, if done with dedication, it brings the unquestionable benefits that only practising mindfulness can bring.
I would recommend this course to anyone suffering from anxiety or depression, even if they have already read or listened to the works of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his fellow authors. The fact of being "accompanied" by Ed and Tessa is very valuable.
The mindful online course was fantastic! I found it really helpful in being able to learn to control my reactions (and over reactions!) to stressfulness situations, or situations that I don't feel comfortable in. I use the breathing space on a daily basis now and would be lost without it! I intend to keep practising my mindfulness further with the satisfaction that it has already benefitted me and I believe will continue to do so.
I've found the Be Mindful Online Course extremely helpful. It's helped me to realize that I don't need to rush around all the time, constantly "doing" and mentally adding things to my ever increasing To Do list. I'd read about mindfulness before I did the course but had a limited understanding of it. I feel that I know have a clear idea of what mindfulness is and exactly how it can be beneficial. Taking the time out to practise mindfulness has made me more effective, helped me to accomplish more and made my mind less frantic and much more calm. The emphasis on being kind to yourself has been good for me too as my default setting is to be overly critical. I'd definitely recommend it if you're feeling that life's getting on top of you and you're struggling to cope.
I found this course to be simple to follow even whilst starting new medication for anxiety. The emails sent between sessions where helpful in encouraging you to keep going. I have found the 3-minute breathing exercise really useful to practice during the working day to reduce my experience of stress from escalating. I would recommend this course also because it is affordable.
Thank you for this course.
I have found the theoretical and practical aspects of the course most useful in all aspects.
The pace of the course and the way in which it is structured is very good and easy to follow.
I just feel so much better thinking like the tortoise and not the hare - still getting there in the end but actually having a bit more time to enjoy the journey! Thank you for giving me the map!
This course has been a good, cost-effective start to mindfulness practice. 'Face-to-face' courses tend to be quite expensive and doing this course has helped me make the decision as to whether more training will be a viable investment, rather than committing to a lot of expense and hoping for the best. It has also been very beneficial. I didn't feel I was stressed when I started, but my stress score still went down considerably. I find the practice great for allowing a sense of perspective. Highly recommended.
Before taking the course, I read the testimonials. They were extremely positive and removed any doubt I had about spending time and money this way. This was the right thing to do! So I'm taking the time to add my own testimonial: if you're considering it, my advice is to do it. I'm not a changed person, but I am one with a few more resources to draw on and play with, and with more pervasive and gentler curiosity. There is a strong emphasis on stress here but you don't need to be stressed right now, or even expect to suffer from stress at other times to benefit: it'll also help you make more of even the best of times!