Mindfulness is a mediation technique which provides simple, practical skills to enable you to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings so that in any situation, including challenging ones, you can choose how to respond rather than being pulled into stress reactions.
Using mindfulness skills enables people to be steady and calm, regain a broader perspective and make better choices in moments when stressed or under pressure. Regular meditators report a greater capacity for happiness, quieter, calmer, more focused mind an increased ability to handle stressful thoughts, feelings and situations.
Mindfulness is not relaxation technique, or about making the mind go blank or suppressing unpleasant thoughts or emotions. It is about practicing the skills to meet life the way it is.
While the mindfulness practices have their origins in Buddhist meditation, they are now practised widely in a secular way. Mindfulness approaches have been recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) due to the growing body of scientific evidence which supports their effectiveness in working with stress, anxiety and promoting well-being.
Suggestion for the Bourne End U3A mindfulness meditation group.
- Check in – how we are, what is our meditation/mindfulness experience and practice (if any)
- Brief explanation of mindfulness
- Meditating together to guided mindfulness track
- Exploring what that experience was like
- A 2nd mediation track – time allowing
- Reflecting again
The meetings could include viewing on line short talks about mediation and hearing from others who have a different mediation practice eg Practical Philosophy. Anticipated meeting length of 2-2/5 hours on whatever frequency works for the group.
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