|Testimonials from ACT public workshop|
|David hopes to run a similar workshop in the future - please email him if you would be interested in this. |
'I found it a useful exercise to think about and identify my values, as I've never really done that before. It then really helps you focus on doing what's right for you and in line with what's valuable to you personally. In particular, I took away several practical techniques that I feel I can apply in my life'
'I learned the importance of truly living in the present'
'Thank you so much for a truly excellent workshop. I've been so surprised by how much I've got out of only six hours, and I really feel that my ways of thinking about certain things have changed even in that short time. I think the way you delivered the sessions was brilliant. You come across as very genuine and non-judgmental, and you also have a very calm and measured way of talking and leading the discussion'
'Most importantly it made me feel that I was not such a 'freak' that other people feel like I do to and I am not alone in these thoughts. I thought you had a very kind, calming and open manner which was very welcoming.'
'I feel more aware of the choices I make and why I am making them'
The original web-posting for the workshop is below:
Come and learn new ways to deal with difficult feelings, live a more fulfilling life and be involved in a fun, touching and meaningful workshop.....
We all revel in joy, satisfaction and connection as well as struggle with stress, anxiety, fear and shame. This workshop is designed to give you the tools to let go of futile struggling and live a more vital, valued life.
I am running this workshop because I believe that people can make meaningful changes in their lives in a short period. One of our main challenges in life is dealing with our minds - whilst they help accomplish amazing feats, all to often they are running us or others down or creating stress. If we let our minds run the show we can buy into their chatter, with serious effects for both ourselves and those around us as we lose sight of the person that we really want to be.
ACT helps us to let go of the struggles which are holding us back and engage more in the life that we want. There are two main strands to the workshop:
Values - Identifying and clarifying what is really important to you, what 'makes your heart glad', and looking at the times when you are able to live according to these values and the times that you get pulled off track
Mindfulness - learning to recognise and deal with difficult thoughts and feelings in the moment, giving you a chance to make more choices that are in in line with values and take a kinder perspective on yourself and others
This is a very practical, hands-on workshop. You will have a chance to identify your values, clarify ways in which you would like to do things differently, and start to learn the skills that will help you do this. All are welcome - it is never too late or too early to start learning.
The 'Your mind is not always your friend' workshop takes place on three Wednesday evenings - 12th, 19th and 26th March from 7:15-9:15pm at the YMCA, Queen Anne House, Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1ND. It costs £55 for all three evenings.
Please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me on 07564 324578 if you have any other queries or wish to reserve a place. Places are limited to 20 and can be reserved by full payment.