|Time||10.00 - 11.30|
|Location||Castle Street Centre
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.
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