Mindfulness Tip

How about having a mindful cup of tea or coffee this afternoon? 

Notice the steps you follow to make the drink. Let go of any thoughts whilst drinking it and give your mind a rest by simply noticing the taste, smell, temperature in your mouth and enjoy ☕️

Weekly Mindful Reminder – When is the best time to meditate?

People often ask this question on courses. My answer is always NOW! (ha ha get it?!) So with that in mind, this week’s reminder is about the 3 Step Breathing Space which you may want to do right now. This is an informal practice that can last as long or as short as you’d like and can be done anywhere – you chose 3 seconds, 3 minutes, 10 minutes or longer.

 Step 1 – simply spend a few moments noticing and observing any thoughts – not engaging in them just having a look at how busy your mind is or isn’t in this moment. Also have a check in on how you are feeling emotionally – notice what your own internal weather pattern is like.

Step 2 – Gather your focus onto your breath and spend a few moments simply feeling your body breathe. Notice where you can feel your breath and if it’s long and deep or maybe short and shallow (no need to change it, follow the natural breath).

Step 3 – Widen your attention to your body. Gently scan your focus around your whole body being curious about any physical sensations and noticing any areas that feel relaxed and any areas that feel tense. Notice also the contact your body is making with the chair and the temperature of your body.

With love, Emma x

 

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Mindfulness – 8 Session Course

Tuesday evenings 7.30 – 9pm, starting 2nd May 2017 for 8 weeks (no session 30th May)    

OR

Friday afternoons 1.30 – 3pm, starting 5th May 2017 for 8 weeks (no session 2nd June)

£195.00 (including a booklet with guidance & a free App). Open to all, including beginners.

Run by qualified Mindfulness teachers Emma Wardropper, Caroline Raven & Roz Kings (CPD Accredited)

What is Mindfulness?

  • Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, to pay attention to and see clearly whatever is happening in our lives. It will not eliminate life’s pressure, but it can help us to respond to them in a calmer way.
  • You will be shown simple techniques which help train the brain to spend more time in the present, instead of thinking about the past which we cannot change, or about the future which we cannot predict.

What are the benefits of Mindfulness?

    • Over time, Mindfulness can bring about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and wellbeing. Scientific studies have shown that Mindfulness positively affects the brain patterns underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress, depression and irritability so that when they arise, they dissolve away again more easily.
    • Mindfulness is recommended by the NHS “as a way to help reduce stress and anxiety whilst also increasing resilience for the future.” NHS Choices, 2016.

“Even brief periods of Mindfulness practice can lead to objectively measured higher cognitive skills, such as improved reaction times, working memory functioning and decision-making.” Mindful Nation All Parliamentary Report, 2015

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