Mindfulness

It is not a religion but a way of being which once embraced helps you in the way that you live. It is practised by people of different faith traditions and none. Mindfulness is a simple form of meditation that has its roots in the ancient Buddhist practise of Vipassana or Insight Meditation.

How can mindfulness help?

Mindfulness can help you feel calmer; less stressed; more empathic; less critical (of yourself and others) and generally help you to participate in your life more.

So, if you are struggling with some of those feelings which can spiral downwards, struggling with not being able to concentrate properly or feeling that life has lost its zest, you could consider practising some mindfulness exercises.  Examples of simple exercises, varying in length from 3 to 30 minutes, can be found by visiting http://franticworld.com/free-meditations-from-mindfulness/

How does it work?

Mindfulness meditation typically begins by becoming fully aware of our breath as it flows in and out of the body. Focusing on our breath in this way provides an ‘anchor’ to return to when our mind wanders.  As we breathe we become aware of thoughts, feelings, body sensations and impulses to act. Understanding the transient nature of such thoughts, feelings, sensations and impulses leads to the recognition that we have a choice as to whether to act on them or not. 

 

Mindfulness Courses

 

Mindfulness - Eight week course for students:

Wednesdays - Wed 1st February to Wed 22nd March2017.

4pm - 6pm, Chaplaincy

Many people are discovering the benefits of the age-old practice of meditation for life today. Mindfulness meditation can help us find peace in a frantic world.  Lou Langford (University Counsellor) and Sarah Bruce (University Chaplain) invite you to join an eight week Mindfulness - Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme.

 

You will need to make a commitment to attend all eight sessions and set aside an hour a day to practice, using CDs of guided meditations, for the duration of the course.  All course materials will be provided.  If you are interested, you will be asked to attend an individual pre-course meeting with either Sarah or Lou.

 

To book a place please call Amie on 01902 32 2572.