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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

January 2020

Going Deeper

A series of eight sessions for members who have already followed any introductory course on meditation. Come and join the group spending time deepening your practice:

The sessions are on Tuesday mornings at 10 am to 11.30 in the Detached Room at the Castle Street Centre, beginning on 7 January; then 14, 21, 28 January; 4, 11, 25 February and finally 3 March.

If you are interested please email Mike Venet or phone 01539 739294.

August 2019

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. Learn to develop  to  respond with choice to situations rather than reacting automatically.  Mindfulness can make a positive contribution to your sense of well-being.

What will be doing in the class?

-breathing exercises

-developing greater awareness of the relationship between mind and body

-formal meditation practices

-applying mindfulness to every day life

-gentle  mindful movement exercises

-listening to music

-listening to poetry

When ?

The session will take place at Castle St. Community Centre on Tuesday mornings at 10.a.m-11.30,  beginning on September 24th until November 19th . No class during half-term on 22nd October

May 2019

We met on 7 occasions under the title of “Going Deeper”  The group explored longer meditations with reduced guidance, some silent meditations; we examined the use of mantras; continued with mindful movement based on Qi Jong. We practised walking meditations and, as before, used poetry and music to enhance the experience. Thanks to an enthusiastic group whose contributions and good humour were much appreciated. 

The next round of Mindfulness Meditation will begin in September when I plan to offer a further introductory course. More details later.

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