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Mindfulness Meditation

Meeting Details

Meeting DayTuesday
Time10.00 - 11.30
FrequencyWeekly
LocationCastle Street Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Michael Venet

What we do

Mindfulness seems to be everywhere in the press these days, but what is it exactly?

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and on-judgementally. It is simply a practical way to notice thoughts, physical sensations, sights, sounds, smells - anything we might not normally notice. The actual skills might be simple, but because it is so different to how our minds normally behave, it takes some practice.

Although originating in the Buddhist tradition it does not conflict with any beliefs or tradition, religious, cultural or scientific. Mindfulness can simply be noticing what we don't normally notice, because our heads are too busy in the future or in the past - thinking about what we need to do, or going over what we have done.

Mindfulness might simply be described as choosing and learning to control our focus of attention. We do this by learning to focus our attention on our breathing, bodily  sensations, thoughts feelings and emotions. We learn about posture, the breath, explore a variety of meditation techniques, listen to recordings of meditation teachers and do a little mindful movement.  Each session  will include listening to a short extract of music.  Whilst there will be some discussion, the sessions are essentially about developing the practice.

Mindfulness can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms as well as positive changes in health attitudes and behaviours.

Reports

May 2018

The new season began in September with Mindfulness for Beginners. An enthusiastic group surfed the waves of the many practices that constituted the programme. The sessions were focussed on mindfulness of breathing, the body scan, visualisations, dealing with difficulties including negative thoughts, developing compassion, mindful movement and walking meditation. Each session included poetry and music. The sessions in January and February were focused on deepening practice.

Thanks to all group members for their enthusiastic approach, their involvement and good humour. 

The next round of Mindfulness Meditation for beginners will be in the Autumn. 

November 2017

The Group met  for the last time  this term on November 28th. Sessions were weekly, based at Castle Street . Following the initial set of meetings   the programme has evolved. The sessions were focussed on mindfulness of breathing, the body scan, visualisations, dealing with difficulties including negative thoughts, developing compassion, mindful movement and walking meditation. Each session included poetry and music.Thanks to all group members for their enthusiastic approach, their involvement  and good humour.

July 2017

Do you want to feel more relaxed, more in control? Come and learn  some simple tools that will help you to cope better with the stresses of day to day living.

What is mindfulness meditation?

It is a way to increase your awareness of the present moment, rather than living in the past or worrying about the future.  It  really can help develop more peace of mind and lessen worries.

What will we be doing in the class?

-breathing exercises

-developing greater awareness of the body

-formal meditation practices

-gentle movement exercises

-listening to music

-listening to poetry

-sharing our experience

For more details please contact Michael Venet

 

March 2017

The Group met for the last time this term on March 7th for an extended session to round off our meetings. The weekly sessions took place at Castle St on Tuesday mornings for 90 minutes.

The programme was a development from the Autumn sessions and offered the opportunity to ‘go deeper’. The sessions were focussed on mindfulness of breathing, the body scan, visualisations, developing compassion, mindful movement and walking meditation. Each session included discussion, poetry and music. Thanks again to all group members for their enthusiastic approach, good humour and willingness to  contribute and try things out.

There will be no formal sessions now until September, when I intend running a 10 week introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for those with little or no experience of the subject. More information to follow in the next Newsletter.

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