About Optimal Living

Optimal Living CIC is a community interest company committed to delivering generic and bespoke Mindfulness Based Programmes to both the private sector and the general public. It is particularly interested in working with those within marginalised communities, and who may not ordinarily access mindfulness interventions.

Our work is grounded in the research and practice of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course devised by John KabatZinn and the Umass medical centre, Massachusetts; the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy approach devised by Williams, Teasdale and Zegal; and the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, Wales.

The fundamental premise of our work is that we all, already have, the capacity to live mindfully and with a greater sense of ease and wellbeing. Our courses offer a structured; skills based approach to help you develop this capacity.

You will learn:

  • A range of meditation techniques to help you optimize your capacity for mindfulness.
  • How to identify the connections between thoughts, emotions and physical sensations thereby creating the potential for recognizing and remedying habitual thought and/or behavioural patterns.
  • How to identify the distinction between primary stress: (unavoidable stress) and secondary stress: (the stress we create by reacting to life events).
  • How to increase your ability to relax, improve self-confidence and to strengthen your emotional resilience in the face of life challenges.
  • How to listen to yourself, to take greater care of yourself and to make choices that will lead to a satisfying and healthy life.