Meditation has been practised for thousands of years, and may still evoke images of Buddhist monks sitting at the top of a mountain. Here in the West, meditation is often referred to as ‘mindfulness’, which to put simply means awareness of the present moment, connecting fully with our senses, in a heart-centred, accepting, forgiving, non-judgemental way and can in fact be practised anytime, anywhere. Regular practice helps to develop self awareness and an ability to respond more positively to stressors, rather than react in negative, habitual and detrimental ways.
Meditation/mindfulness have been proven to significantly reduce stress, anxiety and tension, aid concentration, increase self-awareness, improve immune function and encourage clarity of thought leading to creative problem solving.
As Deepak Chopra states “When you begin to meditate on a regular basis, you will start to notice that thoughts and feelings that may have been building up inside of you are gently released and you reach the quiet place that is there waiting for you, the place of pure awareness – it is there that you will experience peace, healing and true rejuvenation.”
As the pace of life continues to speed up, more and more people are discovering the benefits of incorporating these periods of ‘stillness’ into their life. Yet so many people struggle to ‘switch off’ from future worries or past ruminations, constantly feeling under pressure to be ‘doing’ - planning, achieving and ‘overthinking’. Sadly, despite its many benefits, people can quickly become discouraged or disheartened when first learning to meditate. Training the mind to be still and calm can initially be tricky, but it is a skill that can be learned with guidance and regular practise. Learning to meditate withiin a friendly group can be fun, supportive and a wonderful opportunity to share experiences with like-minded others. If you can relate to this and would like to be gently eased into a progressively relaxed state within a safe, friendly environment, I offer group sessions of guided meditation and mindfulness training.
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS/MEDITATION
An introduction to Mindfulness/Meditation is presented in a block of 4 sessions, which will introduce you to the concept of Mindfulness in an experiential way, and offers a variety of simple techniques for you to take away to develop in your daily life, anytime, anywhere, at your own pace. Each one hour session will also include a guided meditation and will explore different ways to reduce stress, tension and anxiety, whilst achieving greater focus, self-awareness and deep relaxation. It is important to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Chairs or mats are provided (or you may bring your own mat). It is extremely beneficial for clients to commit to a daily home practice of even a few minutes between sessions.
Price: Block of 4 x 1 hour sessions £99 - includes complimentary set of two INSANCTUS mindfulness cards - 'Empowerment' and 'Insight' (sold individually or as a set of 2 for £25, please see 'Gift Shop' for details)