Category Archives: Meditation

Presentation: Introduction To Mindfulness

Mindful

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What is mindfulness?

What are the benefits of practising mindfulness?

In this introduction we will explore how we can engage in mindfulness in every day life to help us savour and enjoy our lives

We’ll look at self awareness and recognition of our thought processes, enabling realisation of when we’re slipping into the past or future and how to return ourselves to the present.

We’ll also look at our daily routine and explore how our minds slip into overdrive with all the tasks we need to do, places we need to be etc. and see how mindfulness practice can fit into our daily lives.

And we will work on being kinder and more compassionate to ourselves from a mindfulness point of view.

 

Presentation: Colour Me Happy

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Image courtesy of unbekannt270

Often, the simplest actions that happen as a child are the best way to reduce worries that can lead to stress.

When a child plays the natural act of laughter or an activity like colouring in is a brilliant way to remove anxiety.

As adults, sometimes the creativity that we have when we are young and the freedom to express ourselves is lost in a grown up world. We are encouraged to be sensible and behave in a certain way which can be restrictive.

Recently, it has been reported that most of the top 10 selling books are mindfulness colouring in books for adults.

Colour Me Happy will begin with a short laughter session, followed by relaxation and then some therapeutic colouring in.

Presentation: Introduction to Mindfulness

Image courtesy of Darragh O'Connor

Image courtesy of Darragh O’Connor

Do you ever wonder where you life is going?

Do you rush about from one thing to another feeling stressed?

Pause for a moment …

Wake up to being alive and discover the joy of being present in your life.

Experience the world afresh through your senses.

In this introductory workshop we’ll do some mindfulness of breath, mindful movement and mindful eating (mmm).

Mindfulness has been shown to:

  • transform negative emotions
  • increase well-being and resilience
  • reduce depression, anxiety and irritability
  • help relationships
  • boost the immune system
  • and more

Come along and find out how simple it is to bring mindfulness into your life.

Presentation: Autumn Mini Relaxation Retreat

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Image courtesy of Lida Rose

It’s that time of year again. Where has 2015 gone??

Is it just us or did we blink and the months have rushed ahead of us. It has been a hectic and challenging time for so many of us.

The Retreat People believe that the ability to relax, let go & just experience living in the moment – even for a short while, is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourself.

Time to stop and be still is priceless as we manage unhelpful stress in these hectic and challenging times.

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Presentation: Mindfulness and Personality Type

Image courtesy of Darragh O Connor

Image courtesy of Darragh O’Connor

Are you interested in understanding what is going on in your mind, but are unsure how to approach this exploration, or what you should even be looking for?

This talk explains how combining the principles of mindfulness with those of Jungian psychological type can provide a powerful tool for self-awareness and growth.

Join Richard for this fascinating journey, bringing together some of the most popular areas of personality science and personal development in a unique way. There will be some simple awareness exercises, fascinating facts and ideas plus opportunities to share and reflect on your experiences with others if you wish.

Presentation: What Must Go On In The Brain To Effect Change …

.. And Why Is It So Hard?

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Image courtesy of A_of_Doom

Alison has been a passionate pursuer of all things transformational over the last 15 years in her own life and in the lives of those she works with.

In this workshop Ali, will be looking at why change is so difficult, from the perspective of the structural changes that must take place in the brain in order for new behaviours to emerge.

Drawing on the exciting, modern discoveries of neuroscience, the ancient wisdom of spiritual disciplines such as silence and contemplation, and the significant role of emotion on behaviour-she hopes to fire and wire your brain into new ways of thinking and learning!

Presentation: Living a Three-Dimensional Life

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Image courtesy of Unlisted sightings

Using Mindfulness to Experience Life to its Fullest

How often do we fully experience any activity we are undertaking?

How often do we fully engage with our senses?

So often we are so busy dwelling on the past or worrying about the future that we live our life on autopilot. This means that we miss out on so much.

Mindfulness is a way of practising moment-by-moment awareness, without judgement, with a sense of kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others.

Mindfulness can benefit almost anyone. It is increasingly used with people living with chronic pain, illness, mental health problems, stress and addiction. However, it can also be a way of simply promoting well-being through simplicity and moment-by-moment awareness.

This workshop is aimed at anyone who feels that the challenges and stresses of life get in the way of enjoying life itself. It will be largely experiential, offering practical tools and tips for participants to bring into the hustle and bustle of their own everyday lives. No experience of mindfulness or meditation is necessary to take part.

This experiential workshop offers an introduction to mindfulness and offers an opportunity to come back to our senses.

Can You Help? Crowd Funded Mindfulness Course

Graeme Armstrong, one of the presenters at an earlier ChangeCamp, emailed me to let me know of a novel approach he’s and his colleague Rachel Jones-Wild taking to get a mindfulness course to people in the North East who would really benefit from a mindfulness course but couldn’t possible afford it under normal circumstances.

They are “crowd funding” an 8 week mindfulness course for people with mental health issues on low-income. Mental health issues and low income frequently go together and this is one way that you could help get good stuff to people who need it.

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Presentation: Mindfulness: nowhere to go, nothing to do, nothing to change

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Mindfulness is said to be the very heart of Buddhist meditation, yet in essence it has very little to do with any kind of religion at all, and is used by scientists, engineers, artists and therapists of all persuasions.

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. During mindful practice we become more aware of the way our minds spend large amounts of their waking time simply distracted and often regretful about the past or anxious about the future, missing the very moments that are really all we have.

Mindfulness takes us out of any inner story we might have created and are caught up in and brings us into a fresh intimacy with our actual experience in an unconditioned way.

All these practices are not just in-the-moment practices though. You’ll see above the word “non-judgmentally” is used deliberately in the definition, and part of mindful practice is to bring a sense of non-judgment, a sense of compassion and loving kindness to self, to friends and to the world at large.

We become kinder to our bodies, our minds, we become more empathetic, considerate people; we take time and we have time, for we learn to truly savour the moments we live.

in this experiential workshop we will be using breathwork, sitting practice and visualisation to

  • explore how it is to sit with our thoughts and feelings
  • experience the sense of distracted mind
  • learn how we relate to our inner stories about ourselves
  • tentatively learn what conditions we might create to become more compassionately intimate with ourselves

Mindfulness: it’s not what you think

Presentation: How To Feel Good

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Unfortunately human beings are much more skilled at feeling bad than they are at feeling good.

Nobody lies awake at 3am thinking and feeling good thoughts. We need to do something extra to allow the good feelings in our lives soak into our system.

In this mini-workshop Andy Hunt presents three relaxed guided meditations on the theme of feeling good and letting that good feeling in.

No previous experience of meditation is required.