Many of us recognise the importance of training our bodies to keep ourselves physically well, but how many of us spend any time training our minds to keep us mentally well as part of our overall wellbeing?
What is mindfulness? Literally it means 'mindful awareness' however in practice it is what happens when we pay attention, in the present moment, on purpose, without judging whatever we find.
Mindfulness meditation is a gentle way of understanding the mind, enabling us to be less reactive, to be more in control and to make better choices. It helps us spend more time becoming Human Beings rather than Human Doings!
With regular practice it has multiple benefits* including:
- Reduced stress, depression, anxiety and irritability
- More satisfying relationships
- Reduction on the impact of pain, improved immune system
- Decreased risk of hypertension
- Greater awareness, understanding and acceptance of emotions
- Less frequent negative thoughts
- Higher self-esteem
- Better sleep and attention span
- Feeling more in control of behaviour
- More resilience
- Greater compassion for self and others
*According to the UK's Mental Health Foundation's 2010 Mindfulness Report.
If you are interested in learning how to meditate, why not contact me to experience it in a free taster session?
Don't worry you don't need to sit on the floor, chant or burn incense! I teach a secular version of meditation (not affiliated to any religion).
No previous experience necessary.
For one hour of guided meditations, breathwork and gentle movement meditations, with the opportunity to learn more about this beneficial practice, ask questions and be supported in your practice.
1:1 £50 for private tuition
1:2 £30 each
1:3 £25 each
1:4 £20 each
Why not get together with a friend or two to do this?
Once you have learned how to meditate either as an individual, in a small group or on completion of the 8-week course, you will be able to join the monthly closed Mindfulness Meditation Group who meet regularly to continue and develop their practice.
Mindfulness Meditation courses
Please drop me an email if you are interested in joining the next eight week Mindfulness Meditation course which is scheduled from late January to March 2024. More details click here