Mindfulness Meditation

Most of us live in a world full of things that just  have to be done. Our busy mind continually pulls us from ‘pillar to post’ from what happened yesterday or an hour ago, to our worries about what might or might not happen tomorrow. Even at night it can be difficult to stop the chatter and move into relaxed and restful sleep.  Mindfulness Meditation can help change this.

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with each experience.  Meditation is an activity that keeps the attention pleasantly anchored in the present moment allowing the mind to calm.

What are the Benefits of Meditation?

 Numerous studies show that:-

 Regular meditators are happier and more content

 Anxiety and irritability decrease and reaction times become faster

 Physical and mental stamina increases and memory improve 

 Decreases chronic stress and hyper-tension and lowers high blood   pressure

 Found to be effective in reducing chronic  pain and may help with drug and alcohol dependence

 Studies have also shown that meditation can boost the immune system 

8 Week Programme 

 Week 1: Introduction to the Course

What is stress? What is mindfulness meditation?  Outline of the next 8 weeks.  Breathing and Relaxation.  A commitment to yourself 

 Week 2: Mindfulness and Relaxation

Relaxing the body.  Mindfulness Breathing.  Purposefully move from ‘doing’ and practice ‘being’,  relaxing into the present moment.

Week 3: Self supporting attitude

Mindfulness  breathing, establishing your practice.  The 7 attitudes for self-support

Week 4: The Beginners Mind

Relaxation and meditation practice.  What is a Beginners Mind?  Introducing a weekly calendar

Week 5: Trust and Patience

Relaxation and meditation practice.  Learning to be patient with ourselves and trust our own inner wisdom

Week 6: Non-striving and non-judging

Relaxation and meditation practice. The benefits of developing attitudes of non-striving and

non-judging towards meditation practice.

Week 7: Walking Meditation and Letting go

Relaxation and meditation practice.  A walking meditation., learning to let go

Week 8: Acceptance and Reflection

Relaxation and meditation practice.   Seeing things as they are and making choices.

Next steps.