"It’s not a luxury to actually cultivate mindfulness. It’s becoming an absolute necessity.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
Suitable for new and experienced meditators.
Every Thursday at 18:25
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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
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PM's words at World Mental Health Day reception: 10 October 2018
We are not looking after our health if we are not looking after our mental health. And we need that true parity between physical and mental health, not just in our health systems but elsewhere as well – in our classrooms, our workplaces, in our communities too.
That is why we were so pleased this week to host the first ever Global Ministerial Summit on mental health. And in this landmark agreement we see more than 50 countries have supported the declaration to achieve equity for mental health in the 21st Century.https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pms-words-at-world-mental-health-day-reception-10-october-2018
10 Best Mindfulness Apps!
Feeling frazzled? Try one of these effective, phone-based self-helpers. Read Article
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.
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 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
"Mindfulness is one of the most promising prevention strategies to encourage the flourishing and wellbeing of a healthy nation"
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.
"Mindfulness meditation is a well researched, non-religious and
very effective means of preventing depression and
enhancing human potential"
Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Oxford University
Thursday 12 November 2015
Saviour to killer
in conversation with Bradley Horowitz (Google)
Dr Rick Hanson
The 12 Pillars of Well-Being