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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

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.

November 2016

The Group met for the last time this term on November 15th.

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 and good humour. 

Following a request from the group to continue I have scheduled 10 more sessions beginning on 3rd January. These sessions, under the title of “Going Deeper” will be open to anyone who has previously attended the group. Please do let me know if you would like to attend.

I intend to offer further sessions in September, which will be aimed at beginners.

Spring 2017 Meetings

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Jan; 7, 14, 28 Feb; 7, 14 Mar

August 2016

Our group met on just 5 occasions after Easter. The intention for the third term was to deepen the practice that we had developed over the previous two terms - we used guided and non-guided meditation, walking  and movement meditation as well as some simple chanting and visualisations. We continued to explore relevant poetry and enjoyed a variety of music.

The next round begins in September and will last for 10 weeks; this first term is aimed at those who wish to learn about mindfulness meditation. 

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 and the breath, explore a variety of meditation techniques and do a little mindful movement.  Each session will include some poetry and listening to short extracts of music.

Whilst there will be some discussion, the sessions are essentially about developing the practice. Mindfulness can help you to feel calmer and make a positive contribution to your well-being.  

For more information please contact Michael Venet.

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