What is mindfulness based living?

Mindfulness training can help us find calm in difficult times. With practice, mindfulness gives us the skills to let go of the thoughts which cause stress and anxiety. Mindfulness is knowing what is happening, when it is happening. Which sounds easy, yet delve deeper and the truth is that most of us are worrying about the future, ruminating over the past and very rarely able to be present with what is happening now. As a result, life can easily pass us by.

Participating on the mindfulness based living course taps into our capacity to be in life as opposed to ‘doing’ life. It enables us to lessen the noise in our heads, to breathe easier, sleep better and remain calmer in challenging situations. It is a method to enable us to come home to ourselves in a way that brings joy and fulfilment into our everyday lives.

The mindfulness based living course is a weekly course based on the Mindfulness Association’s Mindfulness one year training. It is an eight week course consisting of eight classes, which are typically two hours long, preceded by an introductory class before the first week of the course begins and concluded by a follow-up class after the final week of the course ends. A day of Mindfulness practice is also typically included between weeks 6 and 7.

The weekly themes are:

  • Introductory session – what is mindfulness and why practice it?
  • Week 1 – Start where we are
  • Week 2 – The body as a place to stay present
  • Week 3 – Introduction mindfulness support
  • Week 4 – Working with distraction
  • Week 5 – Exploring the undercurrent
  • Week 6 – Attitude of the observer
  • Day of mindfulness practice
  • Week 7 – Self acceptance
  • Week 8 – A mindfulness based life
  • Follow up – the rest of your life

Some research on this course can be found here.

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This course can be tailored to your group or organisation’s requirements. If you are interested in organisation a Mindfulness Based Living Course for your organisation please get in touch with heathersmith@lifelink.org.uk or by phoning 0141 552 4434.



Diane Scott has been a therapist with Lifelink for 15 years. In 2013 she completed a diploma in mindfulness and compassion which was awarded by Aberdeen University and the Mindfulness Association. She has continued training with the Mindfulness Association and has completed the teaching skills courses. Diane is now also trained to deliver the mindfulness based living course (MBLC). She has been teaching mindfulness over the past 3 years in various settings, including Strathclyde University and the Samye Dzong Centre. Diane practises mindfulness on a daily basis. She receives regular supervision from the Mindfulness Association.

Joe Pieraccini, I have been interested in Buddhism and meditation for over 30 years. I started practising meditation then and have been practising regularly for the past 15 years. 5 years ago I came across mindfulness and have been practising since then and subsequently teaching mindfulness to community groups through Lifelink. The use of mindfulness practice has developed into an important element within my therapeutic counselling practise. I am currently completing my teacher training in mindfulness with the Mindfulness Association. I also have been teaching Brazilian street rhythms for 20 years for a variety of groups.

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