Cultivating inner resources in uncertain and stressful times
Today, we are facing unprecedented challenges: many of us worldwide feel disturbed and unsettled in these turbulent times. We have to adapt to frequently changing situations and a stream of constantly worrying information; nothing feels certain anymore and long term planning has become nearly impossible to uphold. It is perfectly normal to feel less rested in this type of environment, and to feel rather worried or even stressed. You might be asking yourself: “How will this fall and winter be? Can I go to work? Will the children be able to go to school? Can I see my parents? Can I travel when and where I’d like to?”
This uncertainty takes an emotional toll on our wellbeing and can leave us pretty depleted. It is therefore more important than ever to cultivate resources such as mindfulness and self-compassion - and learn how to ground yourself. Mindfulness can help you face these new challenges and increase your resilience towards everything life sends your way.
Have a look at our series "mindfulness myths and misunderstandings" about what mindfulness is not. Here you can see one of the videos:
Are you living on autopilot?
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by all the demands and challenges you are facing? You may have a lot of roles to combine: being an efficient professional, a caring parent, a loving partner or friend, keeping in touch with your family, staying healthy and fit, ... All this requires a lot of planning and thinking ahead.
But even at times when you’d like to wind down, your thoughts continue to race. Especially in these challenging times where we are bombarded with unsettling information, it’s very difficult to stop the worrying and overthinking. As a consequence, you might not really be present for the people you care about.
You may be in what’s called the “autopilot mode”, focusing on acting rather than being present. It can be truly exhausting, because it triggers your body’s stress system.
You are not alone. In our busy lives with so many stimuli and distractions, our stress system gets triggered much more often than it was designed to be. Add to that the constant solicitations of our smartphones which keep our body and mind in a constant state of alert and the current pandemic – they all contribute to building up chronic stress and fatigue.
Mindfulness offers ways for you to step out of this stressful autopilot mode and to build up inner resources of calm and focus instead.
Rediscovering the sources of wellbeing inside of you
It is possible to find an alternative to the stress and struggle you are experiencing - even when the world is flashing red. There are deep sources of wellbeing within you, no matter how stuck, helpless or frantic you might feel right now. Mindfulness helps you to rediscover your inner sources of happiness, peace and strength.
How? By training yourself to live more in the present moment, rather than constantly thinking about the past or the future. By learning to ground yourself, to be kinder to yourself, and to take good care of yourself, moment by moment.
A mindfulness training is built up around different forms of meditation that can be learned by everyone. Combined with insights from cognitive psychology and a set of attitudes, it is a powerful tool that prevents normal feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness from spiralling downwards into prolonged periods of unhappiness and exhaustion, or even burn-out or clinical depression.
Rooted in science
Ever since the 8-week mindfulness programme (MBSR) was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts in the 1970's, it has been thoroughly researched in clinical trials. Many benefits have been found, and you don't have to spend many years meditating. Research has confirmed that committing to 8 weeks of practice is enough to see the benefits for yourself.
Mindfulness not only boosts your happiness levels, and reduces the impact of stress. It actually changes the structure of your brain - and the way it works, for the better. It also strengthens your immune system, and offers support in preventing cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
For an overview of the latest research, you can visit the website of the American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA) or the institute of neuroscience and contemplative wisdom at http://www.wisebrain.org/science/key-scientific-papers.
Where to start?
If you are new to mindfulness, the best way to start is with the 8-week mindfulness course. In this course you will learn to integrate mindfulness into your daily life, step-by-step, under the guidance of experienced mindfulness trainers and supported by a group of people who experience the same challenges like you.
If you have already done an 8-week course in the past, and would like to deepen or refresh your mindfulness practice, we offer many follow-up activities such as retreats and courses for more advanced meditators.
Would you like us to guide you on your journey towards a more fulfilling, happier life and help you equip yourself with inner resources? A life with less stress, more clarity, and more focus on what truly matters? A life where you remain grounded, no matter what happens?
You can choose between three formulas:
- online courses where you can tune in from the safety and comfort from your own home.
- live events in beautiful and spacious locations or outdoor in small groups, according to current health and safety standards.
- individual coaching with Beate Trück tailored to your specific needs
Explore our agenda, we might have just the right solution for you.
Also feel free to check out the frequently asked questions on our courses.
We look forward to meeting you soon.