MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS
There are a wealth of different types of meditation exercises you can choose from – our classes help you to find what suits you, and will take you through exercises to help with various conditions. Some of these meditations might be focusing on your breath, on an object, or a “guided” meditation, where your teacher will be talking throughout, encouraging you to focus on particular thoughts and issues.
Almost all of our sessions incorporate meditation and mindfulness elements, bringing us to our next topic.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Given the huge amount of books published on the subject, we could offer a long explanation of this!
The short explanation is best given by the founder of modern mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, who states:
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non judgmentally”.
So, true “mindfulness” meditation is simply sitting with how you feel, right here, right now – not dwelling on the past, or looking ahead and thinking “what if”. It encourages us to live more freely, to move away from negative or destructive thought patterns, and to be more aware of what is happening in our lives, moment by moment.
As well as more mindful styles of meditation, our sessions also encourage people to think more about practical mindfulness, and how taking a more mindful approach to everyday life can transform things for the better, for ourselves and others.