Weekly Mindfulness Practice

Weekly Mindfulness Practice every Tuesday, 7 - 8:30pm

Drop-ins encouraged, New members welcome

£10 / month; or free to current clients of The Blackbird Clinic (groups and individuals, ask your therapist for a code)

Meditation Hand Gesture

It's a busy world ...

You chat to your friend on the phone, while stirring dinner, while mentally planning your day for tomorrow.  You rehearse an important conversation you have to have with your boss while having a shower and listening to radio.

But in the rush to get all those essential tasks done, you are finding yourself losing connection with the present moment - missing out on what you're doing and how you're feeling.

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment - and accepting it without judgement.

 

How can cultivating a mindfulness practice help me?

A decade ago, the research was just getting started – evidence was anecdotal, and there was no way of knowing for sure if mindfulness practice was truly making the difference that so many were reporting.

However, we now know that:

  • Mindfulness improves well-being.  Mindfulness makes it easier to savour the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you to be come fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.

  • Mindfulness improves physical health. Mindfulness can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.

  • Mindfulness improves mental health.  Mindfulness can be an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Join Michelle Williams

 

 

Michelle will facilitate each evening and make everyone feel welcome and able to share as much as they want.

Michelle is a Psychologist with decades of experience. She’s helped thousands of people transform their lives. 

 

These sessions are a communal experience rather than an opportunity for instruction.  They will help to establish and cultivate your existing mindfulness practice. 

Weekly Mindfulness Practice every Tuesday, 7 - 8:30pm

Drop-ins encouraged, New members welcome

£10 / month; or free to current clients of The Blackbird Clinic (groups and individuals, ask your therapist for a code)

 

What happens at the weekly Mindfulness Practices?

 

Each session will

  • begin with a guided mindfulness practice

  • followed by a short check-in from each member and open time for sharing joys, difficulties, and questions about mindfulness practices and the way they are working or not working in our daily lives;

  • conclude with a loving-kindness mindfulness as a way to foster a greater sense of connection to each other and the world; and

  • participants are welcome to stay and chat after.

The sharing period gives participants the opportunity to listen deeply to one another while also paying attention to what arises in themselves.  The confidentiality of the group creates a safe and supportive refuge where each individual is nourished as they share freely from real lives and hearts.  Below, you will find some more information about mindful sharing and how it creates trust and safety in the group setting.

Mindful Sharing

For many who participate in mindfulness groups, a rich part of the gathering is having the opportunity to share experiences with each other. The following guidelines can help to create a safe and supportive container for mindful sharing.

  • It starts with a short check-in around the circle in which each person introduces themselves and says a few words about how they are doing. Then we will open the floor for spontaneous sharing.

  • Our sharing period is short and each contribution should be kept to a couple of minutes.

  • What is said in the group should be kept in the group, however participants should be comfortable with and responsible for their own level of self-disclosure.

  • Appropriate themes include the joys, difficulties, and insights experienced in meditation practice and the multitude of ways to bring mindfulness alive in relationships, work and daily life.

  • Members should feel free to share at any time, but should never be obligated to do so.

  • The group might choose some kind of signal for members to use to let the group know when they have something to share and when they have finished sharing. Whatever method works best to minimize accidental interrupting or talking over one another.

  • Let there be a pause between shares. Slowing down the process promotes awareness of what is arising within.

  • Speak about what’s alive for you in this moment, from your heart and your own direct experience. Refrain from intellectual/philosophical discussion or long storytelling.

  • Be lean of expression – it helps everyone who is listening and leaves time for others to be heard. If you’ve already spoken, give others a spacious opportunity to share a first time before you share again.

  • Listen deeply to the speaker, noticing what arises within you as you listen – and what arises as you speak.

  • Refrain from offering unsolicited advice.

  • Honour confidentiality.

Technical Guidelines ...

  • These sessions occur on Zoom.

  • You will receive instructions each time you buy a monthly ticket.

  • The group facilitator will initiate the online meeting invitation on the chosen platform at the agreed upon time of the meeting. Members simply log into the platform and accept the invitation. Please don’t initiate an invitation.

  • Please try to enter on time, because entries make a noise that will be distracting in a meditation period.

  • Unless speaking or during a period of open dialogue, please keep microphones on mute to minimize background noise.

  • Check to be sure the camera is ON.

  • Please refrain from using “Chat” for side conversations in order to keep all energy focused on the group space and maintain deep listening and presence. Reserve Chat usage for any technical difficulties that require an alternate form of communication with the group.

  • Please do not use the “Capture” function (which takes photos) during meetings in order to preserve confidentiality.

Weekly Mindfulness Practice every Tuesday, 7 - 8:30pm

Drop-ins encouraged, New members welcome

£10 / month; or free to current clients of The Blackbird Clinic (groups and individuals, ask your therapist for a code)

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