Mindfulness Practice Group - New Malden & Kingston
Christmas Meeting 19th December
(Closed Boxing Day - Open again 2 January 2020)
Christine Jay is 66 years old and started practicing regular meditation 3 years ago. Along with her daily practice, Christine attends a weekly meditation group. She says: 'Initially my husband and I just used to go once a week to our group and we really enjoyed that and then I went on a retreat, where we meditated several times a day.
By the end of that week, I was in a really different place, which was absolutely wonderful. I now try and meditate at least once a day for 25 minutes.'
John Bradford, a 53 year old who has meditated regularly for 21 years, initially found meditation difficult: 'When I started I couldn't believe how chaotic my mind was! But with regular practice, initially just a few minutes a day, after a week or 2, I was already seeing some results and the meditation gradually became easier. Click to read more . . .
Suitable for new and experienced meditators.
Every Thursday at 18:25
An informal, free of charge, weekly drop-in group
Open to all! Come and try this friendly, gentle session. While seated, you will be guided through a mindfulness meditation with the opportunity for discussion.
Connected Kingston is dedicated to helping Kingston residents find local activities such as this Mindfulness Practice group and navigate local services. It is run by the Royal Borough of Kingston Council and Kingston Voluntary Action in conjunction with local charities and statutory organisations. Our goal is to help residents of Kingston stay happy, healthy and connected to each other while maintaining and building Kingston’s community so we can all live our best lives.
Mindfulness is an evidence based self-management technique approved by the NHS and endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Google Search Inside Yourself program participants found that Mindfulness was one of the areas where the greatest improvement were noticed.
In the Testimonial Pages you will find highlights around the topics of mindfulness, stress, resilience, empathy, compassion and leadership, along with messages received from program participants.
We are living in what a curse calls “interesting times.”
These are times which call for all of the support and strength that mindfulness can provide. This support and strength is not only essential for education which works to develop a peaceful and sustainable world, but also necessary for the release from suffering which we each seek along with our support for issues like Air Pollution. If we find even a few minutes a day for practice this will not only help to centre and sustain each of us; the interconnectedness it enhances will also guide us in our work and our other interactions with the world.
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Mindfulness and Mental Health
Emotions and stress are part of the human experience. Often times they lead us to be stuck in the past or obsessed with what may happen in the future. Mindfulness helps us develop new habit patterns that help us become present to the big and small joys, opportunities and connections that exist only in the current moment.
An informal, free of charge, weekly drop-in group
Open to all! Come and try this friendly, gentle session. While seated, you will be guided through a mindfulness meditation with the opportunity to discuss afterwards.
This get-together is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with our practice as well as each other. But most importantly to invest time maintaining our sense of balance, health, wellbeing and compassion. Location
Circular Economy & Pollution
As part of our Active Mindfulness outreach we have engaged with Air Pollution. Please visit this page for information.
Circular economy is the key to fight climate change, rapid loss of biodiversity and growing inequality. Yet doing this will require us to take a look at the roots of our current problems. We will need to draw bridges between global and local scales and to find a common ground between the private, the public and the people.
We are aware of noise, water and air pollution, however there is also thought pollution. Thought pollution is defined as contamination of inner peace by negative thoughts.
You may have heard about the numerous benefits of mindfulness and got intrigued. You may have given it a go. And possibly you may have thought: “I do not get it. I can’t do it. Meditation is not for me”. Let me tell you: you are not alone, I had the same reaction. In fact, initially I had a very strong negative experience. Sitting in silence, watching my mind, I felt like going crazy seeing all my negative thoughts in front of me. It was too much to take in. Like me (and possibly you), so many other people are put off meditation for similar reasons, missing a great opportunity. But it doesn’t have to be that way. What if I told you there is a more effective, enjoyable and natural way to meditate?
Practising mindfulness can give more insight into our emotions, boost attention and concentration, and improve our relationships.
Modern life tends to be busy. Whether it's work, raising a family, or even engaging socially, the calendar is often full. Many of us face an overabundance of activity and a deficit of unstructured down time, such that mindfulness practice starts to feel like one more thing on the to-do list! Yet a central aspect of mindfulness is a radical kind of non-doing.
Mindfulness is complete, calm awareness of the state you are in at the present moment.
It’s a state of stillness where you can observe your thoughts and feelings as opposed to being on automatic pilot or driven by emotional impulse.Mindfulness helps you live in a state of intention and purpose. You can recognise your vibrational response to the news, good or bad when you are in a state of mindfulness. In complete mindfulness, you can reach a point where something seemingly disappointing happens and you are able to recognise your vibrational response to it. If it makes you sad or angry, you can acknowledge it and move on. You won’t find yourself holding onto a particular response and you won’t let negative feelings become hard-wired.
While Meditation helps with emotional states such as anxiety, depression, phobias and addictions the information presented on this website is in no way intended as medical and/or psychiatric advice. A range of appropriate treatments are available on the NHS for issues like Social anxiety disorder, Panic attacks, Depression, Anxiety etc. Please visit our Mental Health Page for the latest information.
You will develop a heightened sense of awareness, focus and clarity, deep gratitude for the present moment, and the ability to quickly adapt positively to your life experiences.
"If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation". ~ Lao Tzu
True happiness has nothing to do with how much money we have, how many friends we know, where we live or what we know, true happiness is always already present, we just need to know where to look.
Discover a part of yourself that was never wounded or traumatised, and that doesn't need to be healed, because it is already whole and complete. This part of the self has access to boundless energy, creativity, positivity and is completely ready to participate in life fully, boldly and passionately, holding nothing back. Learn the peace of Meditation and how you can share peace in the world.self has access to boundless energy, creativity, positivity and is completely ready to participate in life fully, boldly and passionately, holding nothing back. Learn the peace of Meditation and how you can share peace in the world.
Miraculously, when people awaken to and begin to act from this deeper, truer part of the self, then all of the psychological issues, blocks, wounds, complexes, and neuroses that previously seemed so intractable suddenly seem to dissolve. Now, the truth is that they haven't dissolved. They can still be reactivated if we step back into the narrow perspective of the ego.
But in light of this newfound, higher potential, and the profound sense of purpose and meaning that comes with it, we discover a powerful motivation to no longer fall back into our "issues".
Indeed, as our awareness of this Awakened Self grows, our old habits and issues become less and less interesting to us, and in that, they gradually lose their power over our psyche. And that makes all the difference in the world. In this alignment with the Awakened Self, we begin to discover the real meaning of freedom from the ego.
And we learn that this freedom is not something we have to wait for. It can happen now if we're willing to give our heart and soul to it. If you want to live a more fulfilled life, first you will want to know your potential, who you really are. Meditation is the route to that knowing. It is the methodology of the science of awareness. Meditation has long been practiced in many of the world’s oldest traditions, with a multitude of purported health benefits, and is now being implemented and studied worldwide.
The beauty of the inner science is that it enables whoever wants to explore and to experiment within, to do so alone. This eliminates dependence on an outer authority, the need to be affiliated with any organization and the obligation to accept a certain ideology. Once you understand the steps, you walk the walk in your own, individual way.
WHAT IS BUDDHAHOOD?
What is buddhahood? Becoming aware of the inner sky that was in the rock, in the animals, in the trees, in man and in woman. Once you become aware of that inner sky, you are released from all forms. That is freedom. Not that you become free, because in that freedom you don't exist, you can't exist. "You become free" simply means you become free from yourself.
While this practice does take effort, energy, and a subtle kind of inner activity, it rests upon the simplicity and ease of being.
Instead of thinking about practice as "doing something," what if it were a kind of intimate downtime, a chance to let the incessant activity of our lives die down for a spell and return to the natural rhythms of our body and mind?
How would it be to relate to your mindfulness practice as a form of radical non-doing, rather than yet another task?
"Mindfulness meditation is a well researched, non-religious and
very effective means of preventing depression and
enhancing human potential"
Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Oxford University
Saviour to killer
in conversation with Bradley Horowitz (Google)
Dr Rick Hanson
The 12 Pillars of Well-Being