- How do I practice mindfulness?
We can practice mindfulness through formal practice such as meditation or mindful movement (eg Tai Chi and yoga). We can also practice informally by bringing more awareness to an everyday activity, such as walking the dog or having a cup of coffee.
- What do I need to wear?
You don’t need any special clothes to practice meditation. Simply wear something that you are comfortable in. Some people prefer to take their shoes off when they meditate, particularly if they are sitting on the floor.
- What should I expect when I come to a class?
When you come to class for the first time, try and arrive five minutes early so that you can fill in a registration form and meet the practitioner who will be leading the class.
All of Mindful Therapies’ drop-in classes and courses are led by trained and experienced practitioners. You will be welcomed by one of our team, and given some guidance about meditation posture. You may decide to sit on a chair or you may prefer to sit on mats and cushions on the floor. It is totally up to you. The meditation will be fully explained and guided and there will be an opportunity to ask questions afterwards.
- I suffer from mental health problems. Is mindfulness safe for me?
Mindfulness can be helpful for people experiencing a range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, addictions and PTSD. However, it is generally not recommended for people in the midst of an acute phase of their mental health problem. If you are unsure, please speak to your GP before attending a class.
- I have never meditated before. Where do I start?
All Mindful Therapies weekly drop-in classes are open to absolute beginners as well as those with more experience. All of the meditations are fully explained and guided and there is an opportunity to ask questions. Many of our courses are also aimed at beginners. Check out our ‘what’s on’ page for more details.
- I have a busy mind. Can I meditate?
When we are meditating we are not trying to empty our minds. It is normal to think! Instead we are trying to become more aware of our thoughts and manage these thoughts more effectively rather than being controlled by them.
- I am too busy to meditate.
We have busy lives and it can be hard to find the time for long meditations. However, research suggests that simply taking ten minutes to meditate each day can have a positive effect on our brains. We can think of meditation as going to the gym – you get out what you put in and little and often can be really effective. The important thing is to congratulate yourself for what you are doing rather than beating yourself up on the days that you forget to practice or don’t find the time.
- I keep falling asleep. Am I doing it wrong?
Sometimes we don’t realise how tired we are until we stop. Often we hold tension in our bodies without realising and don’t let it go until we start to meditate. This can make us feel relaxed and sleepy. This might be just what you need! Alternatively you might decide to meditate at a different time of day, or with you eyes open. Or you might decide that you need more sleep!
- I struggle to relax. Will I be able to meditate?
Mindfulness is not a relaxation practice, although some people may find it relaxing. It is different for everyone. The goal is simply to be aware. Just notice how it is for you!