Mindfulness Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, me? Well oddly enough, yes. I signed up for the course only because I like and admire Steve Wasserman who takes it. (Try anything once
except folk dancing and incest, I agree with Woody Allen.) Steve is the author of the comic strip Prozacville here which is wickedly funny, neurotic, obscene and brilliant. All the things I love. Disappointingly, but understandably, he has a much gentler persona as a therapist. Who could fault him for that? Anyway he's still clever, amusing and articulate.
I'm afraid I told him I could think of nothing more ghastly than achieving serenity in a group but they turned out to be a very agreeable bunch and I'm now majoring on the serenity in my daily homework - or 'practice' as I think it should be called. It involves listening to another gentle chap giving instructions through my computer. So this is what happened on my first attempt. I tried to imagine breathing out through the top of my head amongst other things and when I woke up I felt refreshed and determined to be 'mindful'.
Next day, the bell went ding and my computer launched into 'Sit Down, Sit Down, Sit Down,
Sit down! Sit down you're rocking the boat!' I suddenly thought 'But I WANT to rock the boat!' Clearly it's all doing me a lot of good.
Find out more about London-based Steve Wasserman and MCBT here