Starts in 3 Hours, 23 Minutes
February 23, 2020 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
St George's Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2DL
Jesmond mindfulness meditation drop-in class
Weekly Mindfulness meditation drop-in and discussion group featuring a selection of meditations including walking meditation, body scan, kindness meditation, breathing meditation and more.
Also incorporates techniques from positive psychology to promote happiness and wellbeing. Suitable for for beginners and experienced meditators. Donation based, all gratefully recieved, suggested donation £2.00 – £5. All welcome, please pop along every Sunday at Jesmond Library in Newcastle upon Tyne 430pm – 530pm.
This mindfulness meditation drop-in class is aimed at supporting the development of personal meditation practice. The class can be used as a support to existing practice, a starting point your journey or an opportunity to explore whether meditation is right for you at this time.
Benefits of regular meditation
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.
1. Mindfulness is derived from the Buddhist tradition. However, this meditation drop-in class is entirely non-religious and does not expect or require any particular religious belief or faith.
2. During the class, the facilitator will suggest postures for meditation and will teach some gentle mindful movement. All instructions are just suggestions and participants must take responsibility for their own bodies. If a movement does not feel appropriate then please opt out. If you have any concerns then please speak to the course leader or your GP.
3. During the class there is the opportunity to discuss personal experience of meditation and of home practice. Sometimes people may disclose information of a personal nature. We ask that this is kept confidential.