THE BEINGWELLMINDFULNESS FOR LIFE
The BeingWell is a not-for-profit mindfulness agency. We deliver mindfulness training in the workplace and share profits with the community. We have an offering for you whether you are looking to learn mindfulness as an individual, run mindfulness training at work, or are just curious to know a bit more.
We work towards our aspirations by using profits from business mindfulness training to bring mindfulness to more people in the neighbourhood.
At any one time, around 30,000 people living and working in Tower Hamlets experience common mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression. The BeingWell makeS mindfulness more accessible to help tackle the problem.
We run mindfulness courses for everyone. Drop-in to a free Friday group. Or join us for an 8-week course. We can even tailor a 1-2-1 programme for you to suit your schedule and intentions to introduce mindfulness into your life.
Our mindfulness teachers have earned their ‘badges’ in terms of quality and depth of mindfulness training and integration into their own lives.
MINDFULNESS AT WORK
STAFF WELLNESS & DEVELOPMENT
From one-day tasters, modules on existing training courses to bespoke longer-term mindfulness courses to meet a business need. Mindfulness has drawn attention at the White House and 10 Downing Street, turned heads at the World Economic Forum and worked its way into the curricula of the world-famous business schools. A growing number of businesses are recognising what mindfulness has to offer and have been early adopters of mindfulness in the workplace.
NOT-FOR-PROFIT MINDFULNESS ORGANISATION
ABOUT THE BEINGWELL
The BeingWell is a well of a sort. We offer a wellspring of health. We show you how you can tap into your own inner reserves of resilience, vitality and peace. Mindfulness is a reservoir of resources you already have. Mindfulness is also a set of skills to have you reach your personal well of strength. As a not-for-profit organisation, we use profits to bring mindfulness to economically disadvantaged groups in Tower Hamlets and beyond.
GROUP COURSES, PRIVATE TUITION, DROP-IN CLASSES
COURSES FOR THE PUBLIC
We offer a range of courses, private tuition and drop-in classes for the general public. Our next Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is on Tuesdays from 7:15pm starting in April 2017. We also regularly have a Friday night drop-in class for all levels of meditation experience. If you would prefer to have some one-2-one mindfulness tuition, you can also arrange to have this at a time to suit your schedule, pace and needs.
THE WISHING WELL
A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE FOR SOCIAL WELLNESS
A MINDFUL ORGANISATION
The BeingWell is mindful of how we run as an organisation. Compassion is a central component of mindfulness and we live this value in the heart of what we do. We wish our community well. And we use profits to support groups of people who otherwise might never have the opportunity to enjoy mindfulness more fully. By choosing us, you pound goes further. It reaches far into Tower Hamlets and beyond bringing resources to those in need.
“The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.”
“Mindfulness helps you to touch the wonders of life for self-nourishment and healing.”
THICH NHAT HANH
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
The word mindfulness means clear and kind awareness. It is being alive and present to the external and internal world in the moment. Mindfulness is taught through meditation. During the practice, you train the mind to focused and concentrated. After a while, you will notice the habitual patterns of your mind. You will begin to learn to manage your emotions more effectively, rather than resorting to suppression or avoidance.
The above quote from Professor Kabat-Zinn, is the most widely cited definition of secular mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh is a world-renowned and much loved teacher. In the video clip, Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University gives a brief introduction to mindfulness. Sometimes mindfulness is explained through poetry and metaphor (see some examples in the section below). But the best way to understand mindfulness is to give it a go. Why not sign up for a £5 drop-in class?
“Like subterranean water…we are talking here of interior resources deep within ourselves, innate to us as human beings, resources that can be tapped and utilised, brought to the fore.”
PROFESSOR JON KABAT-ZINN
“There are deep wellsprings of peace and contentment living inside us all, no matter how trapped and distraught we might feel.”
PROFESSOR MARK WILLIAMS
“I would like to live
like a river flows
Carried by the surprise,
of its own unfolding.”
“We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us, that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.“
“There is a story about a well fed by tiny springs that always gave a good supply of water. One day the well was covered up and forgotten until somebody uncovered it years later. Because nobody had drawn water from it, the springs had stopped feeding it and the well had dried up. It’s the same with us: we can give of ourselves and open further, or we can hold back and dry up.“
CHARLOTTE JOKO BECK
“Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful.”
“Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.”
“The grass is always greener where you water it.”
“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are an ocean in a drop.”
“If you let cloudy water settle, it will become clear. If you let your upset mind settle, your course will also become clear.”
All of our courses meet the guidelines set by the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teachers. Our teachers are trained to deliver programmes which have been developed by an international community of academics, researchers and mindfulness practitioners. The courses we teach have an evidence base for effectiveness.
Join us on the first Friday of the month at 6:15 until 8pm for a drop-in session. We will listen to a video or audio-recording from an internationally recognised mindfulness teacher and together we discuss how these ideas can make sense in our everyday living practice of mindfulness. We will also have a short live guided meditation sitting with an opportunity for you to share your experiences and hear from others.
8-WEEK COURSE: September 2017
This course follows the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum. MBSR is the gold standard in mindfulness training and is the most widely researched and validated mindfulness programme available in the world. The BeingWell prides itself on running quality courses with a maximum of 10 participants and led by highly-qualified chartered psychologists and psychotherapists.
Find out more here.
TRAINING AT WORK
Mindfulness has drawn attention at the White House and 10 Downing Street, turned heads at the World Economic Forum and worked its way into the curricula of the world-famous business schools. A growing number of businesses are recognising what mindfulness has to offer and have been early adopters of mindfulness in the workplace. This includes Google, GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Transport for London (TfL) and The Cabinet Office.
Let us know your availability to attend your own personalised class or programme, whether you would prefer a shorter or longer course and you can also choose to have shorter or longer meditation audio recordings to practice during the week. It is the same fee whether it’s just yourself or whether up to two friends join you.
The BeingWell’s practitioners all meet and follow the standards, criteria and best practice guidelines set by the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teachers. In addition, we have attained academic achievement in our own fields spanning psychology, group training and facilitation. You can therefore be confident that you have a teacher with an wider and deeper knowledge of how mindfulness sits within modern theories of human functioning.