Weekly mindfulness practice
It's a busy world. You chat to your friend on the phone, while stirring dinner, while mentally planning your day for tomorrow. You rehearse an important conversation you have to have with your boss while having a shower and listening to the radio.
But, in the rush to get all those essential tasks done, you are finding yourself losing connection with the present moment - missing out on what you're doing and how you're feeling.
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment - and accepting it without judgement.
How can cultivating a mindfulness practice help me?
A decade ago, the research was just getting started – evidence was anecdotal, and there was no way of knowing for sure if mindfulness practice was truly making the difference that so many were reporting.
However, we now know that:
- Mindfulness improves well-being. Mindfulness makes it easier to savour the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you to become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.
- Mindfulness improves physical health. Mindfulness can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.
- Mindfulness improves mental health. Mindfulness can be an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
What happens at the weekly Mindfulness Practices?
Each session will:
- begin with a guided mindfulness practice
- be followed by a short check-in from each member and open time for sharing joys, difficulties, and questions about mindfulness practices and the way they are working or not working in our daily lives;
- conclude with a loving-kindness mindfulness as a way to foster a greater sense of connection to each other and the world; and
- participants are welcome to stay and chat after.
The sharing period gives participants the opportunity to listen deeply to one another while also paying attention to what arises in themselves. The confidentiality of the group creates a safe and supportive refuge where each individual is nourished as they share freely from real lives and hearts.
Below, you will find some more information about mindful sharing and how it creates trust and safety in the group setting.
More information is available at blackbirdclinic.co.uk.
Hosted by Michelle Williams
Michelle is a Chartered Psychologist with decades of experience. She’s helped thousands of people transform their lives. Her insight, warmth, and generosity are evident in all that she shares. She’s particularly passionate about using mindfulness as a vehicle for cultivating self-compassion.