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Mindfulness Interest Group meets again at the Hackney Learning Trust

Hackney Learning Trust runs all the education services for the London Borough of Hackney. It is responsible for schools, children’s centres, early years and adult education.

Hackney Learning Trust runs all the education services for the London Borough of Hackney.
It is responsible for schools, children’s centres, early years and adult education.

Last week, on 20th May, I held the third session of the Mindfulness Interest Group.  It was heartening to see over twenty people, from Hackney Council and the Learning Trust, giving up their lunch break to learn about and practice mindfulness together.

I gave a short presentation on Mindfulness and Finding Peace in a Frantic World and we did the Raisin Exercise and a sitting mindfulness practice.

Overall, feedback was positive and I look forward to the next session on 17th June 2014.  For more information about this, or if you’d like an introductory workshop on Mindfulness at your workplace, please contact me. Best wishes, Bernadette

Practice mindfulness with the Mindfulness Interest Group at the Hackney Learning Trust

Hackney Learning Trust runs all the education services for the London Borough of Hackney. It is responsible for schools, children’s centres, early years and adult education.

Hackney Learning Trust runs all the education services for the London Borough of Hackney.
It is responsible for schools, children’s centres, early years and adult education.

On Thursday, 1st May, was the second meet-up of the Mindfulness Interest Group.  It is a supportive and friendly group for those interested in mindfulness who are working for Hackney Council.  The aim of the group is to meet up monthly, at the Hackney Learning Trust, to share about mindfulness-related events and projects in the borough and to do some mindfulness practice together.

Most of the group are completely new to practising mindfulness.. and the advantage is that this encourages coming to mindfulness with a “beginner’s mind”, a combination of openness, curiosity and healthy scepticism.  To learn mindfulness, effort is needed.  Although the practice itself is simple, it takes effort and self-encouragement to persevere with it.  The Mindfulness Interest Group provides an opportunity to take a “breathing space” and practice tools needed to enhance well-being and resilience and reduce the effects of stress in the workplace.