Mindfulness Meetups started in Walthamstow in 2014. Thank you to those who have attended so far and thanks to those who came last Monday. These sessions are designed to get people practicing mindfulness together, whether they are beginners or experienced practitioners.
Last Monday, ten people attended, including myself: five beginners and five who had done some training such as a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course or similar.
We started with a 3-minute Breathing Space, a short time sitting in silence focusing on being here, ‘arriving’ into the present moment more fully as it were. After the introductions we did a short sitting practice, some Mindful Movement and then a longer sitting practice. Here is some of the feedback:
It was a nice introduction to a variety of mindfulness techniques.
The 20 minutes at the end was good and gave me time to relax, let go.
I really focused on the ‘bringing wellness’ to particular body parts in today’s practice. It was useful bringing that to specific body parts.
I was good listening to others and observing the difference between those new to the practice and those more experienced.
I enjoyed mindfulness in a group.
I gained a sense of “trust” – effortless effort in bringing our attention to loving ourselves, just focusing on ourselves.
I gained a feeling of calm and relaxation.
I enjoyed feeling more relaxed and felt an understanding of my body.
I learned new ways of practicing – every teacher is different.
I enjoyed the practices. I feel I’m improving and concentrating on them.
I hope that this feedback inspires you to come along to a Mindfulness Meetup in Walthamstow, a brilliant opportunity to practice mindfulness with others.
Warm wishes, Bernadette