October 17, 2017 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Darlington Friends Meeting House

6 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7NB

Mindfulness meditation class

Monthly Mindfulness meditation class in Darlington town centre, incorporating mindfulness meditation, mindful movement and discussion.

Meditation bowl

Benefits of mindfulness

Mindfulness is a practice to help people understand, tolerate, and deal with their emotions in healthy ways. Furthermore, it helps us to alter our habitual responses by taking pause and choosing how we act. When we are mindful, we experience our life as we live it, moment by moment.  Mindfulness brings balance to our experience, as we engage all of our five senses. Through mindfully eating we taste the food we are eating and appreciate it more. We recognize the thoughts we are having and develop skills to manage them more effectively. Consequently, we learn how our minds work, and we are better able to label the thoughts and feelings we are having, instead of allowing them to overpower us and dictate our behavior.

In addition, mindfulness has been shown to have a positive effect on our physical health.  Research has shown that regular meditation strengthens the immune system and increases connections in the brain. In conclusion, practicing mindfulness improves both mental and physical health.

Mindfulness involves both concentration (a form of meditation) and acceptance. Deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations with curiosity and without judgment.

Meditation class

Our meditation class features a selection of formal and informal meditation practices. These include body scan, breathing and compassion meditations along with mindful movement. Discussion to support personal practice including techniques developed from positive Psychology and simple exercises for informal practice.  Positive psychology uses scientific understanding and effective intervention to promote happiness and wellbeing.

Suitable for all abilities and levels of experience, beginners always welcome.  Donation basis, suggested donation £2-£5 on the third Tuesday of every month evening 5:30pm-7pm.