One politician involved in the course said: “I knew I had to do something about stress and work life balance – Mindfulness never crossed my mind till I discovered the course and it is working for me.”
Another said that after attending a class: “I even managed to sleep well that night”.
Another said: “The course empowered me to reframe my life from insurmountable pressures and problems to tackling issues in proportion and finding an inner calm – restoring quality to every day.”
The classes have been arranged by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group, chaired by Labour MP Chris Ruane and Conservative MP Tim Loughton, a former education minister.
Lessons are provided by staff from the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
It states on its website: “If you are feeling generally ‘dissatisfied’ with your life, have a sense of ‘missing out’ on moments of pleasure and joy, or are experiencing stress, anxiety, low mood or recurrent depression, this course could help you.”
The courses have also been attended by 250 parliamentary staff at a time when stress and problems with bullying have made headlines from Parliament.
Lessons are free but attendees are encouraged to make a donation to charity.