Mindfulness and Kindness Courses for London Borough of Newham Staff

Available to Newham PCN, Voluntary, Community and Faith organisations

What our participants say:

100% of participants recommend our courses to friends. 80% of our participants come to our courses because a friend has recommended them.

“Well structured and informative-good to go back on what we learnt each week.” 

“Such great content. Supportive and warm course.” 

“So much benefit from being able to pause, reflect, take in and not feel guilty.” 

“It has open a world of possibilities to set a daily mindful practice that suits me, offering plenty of tools to use and all very accessible”

“I can begin understanding what awareness is, what thoughts are and not to let those negative thoughts take over my life and spiral into darkness.”

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Breathing Space London

Breathing Space is the London Buddhist Centre's secular health and wellbeing project. It was founded in 2004 in East London by Dr Paramabandhu Groves, a former NHS Consultant Psychiatrist and author of Mindful Emotion: A Short Course in Kindness. We programme courses which have helped over 7000 people manage their mental health. We teach accessible and practical mindfulness tools and  techniques. Since the start of the pandemic, our activities have moved online.

Why practise Mindfulness and Kindness?

Our courses are particularly helpful in dealing with mental health difficulties such as anxiety, stress and depression. There have been a number of clinical trials testing the effectiveness of mindfulness approaches. For example, recent studies show that in treatment for depression, mindfulness is as effective as antidepressants. Mindfulness helps us to reduce stress and reactivity. We develop focus and awareness. We learn to face challenges head on and gain more perspective. We have the tools to make wiser choices.

Cultivating compassion for others and ourselves which we teach in Kindness Behaviour Training enables us to deal with life's demands. The course helps increase our emotional resilience, so that we sustain positive mental states. We have more resources to draw on. We are able to respond creatively to change.


Format of the Sessions

Arrival and welcome

Previous Session Summary

Teacher Presentation

5 minute leg stretch with optional Guided Mindful Movement

Teacher Guided Meditation / Practical Exercise

Breakout Groups

Live Q & A

Setting Home Practice

Your Teachers

Dr Dayantha Showman is a General Practitioner in Newham with over a decade of teaching secular mindfulness in NHS settings. In addition to his professional work, he teaches meditation at the London Buddhist Centre.

Dr Suvarnajyoti Johnston's professional name is Dr Fiona Johnston. She is a Clinical Psychologist and accredited CBT Therapist who worked for 20 years in the NHS, mostly in Tower Hamlets. She has been teaching secular mindfulness courses for Breathing Space London for over 10 years.