The following group guidance is to be considered when partaking in reflective feedback of mindfulness practice.
Keeping information confidential within the group
Being cognisant of your environment when sharing online
Takeaway what is learnt but not the identity of who shared it
If you want to follow up something that is said respect their wishes by direct messaging the teacher first
Listening without judgement
Listen with your whole self
Respecting different opinions and viewpoints
Avoid planning what to say as you listen to others
Try to avoid inner comparison or commentary
Speaking from your own experiences
Are you speaking over someone?
Are you speaking for the whole group?
Freedom to talk or not, without pressure
If you tend to speak often or first, consider waiting or listening more
If often quiet, try speaking up sooner
How are you reacting internally to any sensitive discussion?
Awareness of own nonverbal facial expressions
Attending to your own responses without judgement
Consider whether you are expressing assumptions about others
Self-compassion, patience and kindness is encouraged
Fixing or advice giving to others is discouraged
Curiosity to learn with authenticity, honesty and integrity
Responsibility for your own health and wellbeing
Seeking out self support as necessary
Courtesy of Hunter, G. (2020) 'MBCT for Depression-Group Safety Rules' and Southsea Sangha/ Vision Inc. (2021) 'Agreements for Group Interactions'.
Below are the nine recognised Attitudes of Mindfulness, key to upholding the ethics and integrity of the practice. These were formulated by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the most well-known scientists to bring mindfulness into mainstream Western medicine and society. He is also the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) treatment.