Beginners Meditation & Mindfulness
“Meditation is the process by which we go about deepening our attention and awareness, refining them, and putting them to greater practical use in our lives”
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non- judgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
What Is It?
Meditation and Mindfulness is a way of paying close attention to and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives, moment by moment – it helps us to develop compassion for ourselves and others. It won’t stop life’s challenges and pressures, but it can help us deal with them in a calmer, clearer way that benefits ourselves and those around us. By de-stressing, calming the mind and relaxing the body it aids and supports us mentally, emotionally and physically and enhances our sense of well-being and happiness.
How It Works
We use a focus – often the breath – as an anchor for our attention, when the attention wanders – as it always will, this is fine. We notice that the attention has wandered, but it is how we respond that matters. Noticing our reaction, with kindness, compassion and non judgmentally we return our attention back to the focus – sensation of breathing. By constantly returning to the focus we allow the mind to rest and settle, to clear out the clutter of the day, becoming calmer and quieter.
Are a simple but practical introduction to meditation and mindfulness, it is for those who are new to meditation and for meditators who want to establish a regular practice. Each week we will try a selection of different types of meditation and mindfulness to help you discover and establish a practice that will work for you and your lifestyle. You will be gently guided through each meditation to find one that is right for you and we will look at the best ways to enhance your practice through suitable posture, place and timings.
All classes are non religious and we will sit on chairs. You will be given free handouts on how to establish your own meditation practice and hints and tips on a handy card to keep with you, also lots of encouragement to set up your own daily meditation practice. Meditation is a simple and practical way to bring a sense of calm awareness into our constantly busy and changing lives, it helps us create a sense of space and peacefulness, a feeling of being grounded and connected.
Seated on chairs, the sessions include gentle stretches, breath awareness/mindful breathing techniques, body scan relaxation, simple but effective short meditations and finish with a wonderful guided relaxation…Learning meditation and mindfulness is a life skill that really does have so many benefits for your health and well-being…please come and join me.
What Are the Benefits
Mental and Emotional Benefits
- Relief from anxiety, worry and stress
- Being fully present and not caught up in the past or future
- Increased focus and concentration
- Become more aware of what is happening in our mind, body and lives
- Achieve balance and resilience at work and home
- Enhanced empathy with family members and friends
- A sense of calm and inner peace
- Reduces blood pressure
- Improves sleep
- Improves immune system and energy levels
- Improves pain management
- Reduces effects of aging
- Decrease muscle tension, headaches
- Aids physical relaxation
- Improved airflow to lungs, better breathing
NB – If you suffer from epilepsy or any mental health issues please consult your GP and mental healthcare team prior to booking.