This class offers an opportunity to explore a range of mindfulness practices in a friendly, relaxed environment. Mindfulness practice can help to deepen your sense of wellbeing, by helping you to become more present, feel more connected, real and alive in your daily life.
Mindfulness is a life skill which we can develop through meditation practice. It involves paying attention, moment by moment, on purpose, to the whole of our experience – our physical bodies, our emotions and our thoughts. We can learn to observe ourselves with an attitude of curiosity, openness and acceptance. Mindfulness can help with anxiety and difficult feelings by helping us to feel calmer and kinder to ourselves. By noticing negative thought patterns we learn how to respond to life’s difficulties, rather than simply react. We can feel more balanced and enriched as we notice, rather than take for granted, the simple pleasures of our human lives.
Mindfulness has come from a Buddhist tradition but the kind I share is secular. Studies show that those who meditate on a regular basis have a greater sense of clarity, well-being and fulfilment. As a result, these benefits can have a positive impact on our relationships. Mindfulness can also help with the management of chronic pain and depression.
We will learn how to pay attention to our present moment experience, with an attitude of openness and non-judgemental acceptance. By engaging all our senses we can open to our entire experience and begin to really enjoy all the little details of our lives.