Mindful Self Care
Mindful Self Care Programs were established in Adelaide in 2008 by Dr Maura Kenny with a view to offering professionals the opportunity to undertake mindfulness courses that were applicable to managing stress in the workplace.
The courses introduce the concepts and practices of Mindfulness Meditation with a particular emphasis on learning how to manage stress more effectively in work and home situations.
Eight week Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses for stress management were offered for many years with measurable improvements in stress and anxiety in those who participated.
As increasing numbers from the medical profession became interested in this approach, Maura was invited to speak at a variety of medical conferences and meetings on the topic of resilience and wellbeing in the medical profession.
Recognising that many doctors are both tired and time poor, she developed a 6 week Introduction to Mindfulness course for healthcare and other professionals to provide of a taste of what was possible with this approach. Shorter practices and exercises are taught that can be woven into even the busiest of lives, and which open up some space to live more easily, to breathe more freely, and to renew one’s energy, productivity and enjoyment of a life.
The course is based on the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (Segal, Williams and Teasdale) framework and involves 6 weekly x 1 ¼ hour classes. In each class, participants have an opportunity to talk about their experiences of mindfulness including home practice, the benefits they may be noticing, the obstacles that inevitably arise and ways to deal with them skillfully.
The structure of the course, the support of a teacher, and the fellowship of other participants are all invaluable in establishing and maintaining a compassionate and mindful approach to life and living.
All Soul Strong Society mindfulness teachers are active members of the Mindfulness Teacher Network of South Australia (MTNSA). The MTNSA was developed to bring clarity for the general public and those interested in mindfulness-based programs in SA. At this time of increasing interest in mindfulness, it is important to have confidence in the integrity and training of those providing programs.