Monthly continuation class

 People who have taken an eight week mindfulness course often talk about the difficulty of sustaining their practice once the course is over. This is a challenge for beginner and experienced practitioners alike, and we are always keen to stress the benefits of continuing mindfulness practice in a group setting as well as alone. If you would like to continue practising with others, why not come along to one of our monthly continuation classes in 2018? Previous students are also welcome to book on to our ‘Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ course in February at a 10% discount. Please note that concessions are usually available for all our longer courses, and payment in instalments can be arranged.

Mindfulness in The Lancet

We were interested to read a study of 600 Cambridge students published in The Lancet Public Health journal in December which backs up previous studies suggesting that mindfulness training can improve mental health and wellbeing during stressful periods, and help prevent mental illness.


The course taught to the students for the study appears to be virtually the same as the ‘Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ course we will be teaching in February. The training we have undertaken to teach it was given by Chris Cullen of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, who has taught this course to Oxford students for a number of years. Read the Guardian article about the study here.

Mindful Drinking

As a nation we are drinking less alcohol than ever before and the art of mindful drinking (which can be applied to both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks) might appeal to some people in the new year … A recent article in the i newspaper gives an overview here, while the author of Mindful Drinking, Rosamund Dean, has an article in the Jan 2018 edition of Red magazine, which can be found via this link. Alternatively, check out her book here (but do buy it in your local independent bookshop, if you can!). 

Mindfulness – the antidote to waiting for bad news?

Academic Kate Sweeny has undertaken research to show that practising mindfulness helps people to cope with the worry of waiting for personally significant news such as hospital results, exam scores, or the outcome of an interview. “This study is also one of the first to identify any strategy that helps people wait better, and it also shows that even brief and infrequent meditation can be helpful", says Sweeny. Read more here 


From Moshi Monsters to Calm

Moshi Monsters is an online game for kids where they can adopt and look after a friendly monster. One of its creators, Michael Acton Smith, has developed a new mindfulness app, Calm, after discovering meditation himself: “I dived in to meditation and a lightbulb went on when I realised it wasn’t weird or woo-woo but was actually endorsed by science. I decided I wanted to spread this relatively simple ancient skill and use modern technology to distribute it as far and wide as possible.” Read more here or visit Calm.com .

MINDFULNESS IN THE NEWS

AND ON THE INTERNET

Monday 29 January 2018
At: Church House, Church St, Corsham, SN13 9BY, 7.30pm – 9pm


This class is for anyone who has completed an eight week mindfulness course or who has some experience of mindfulness meditation.

Cost: Donations to cover room hire.  Contact us for more information. 

Frome Insight Meditation

Venue: Tippett Room, Springfield Community Campus, Beechfield Rd, Corsham, SN13 9DN
Time:   7.30pm – 8.45pm.
Cost:    £10 (refunded if you book the 8 week course starting in February)


Come and get a taste of mindfulness and the sort of short meditation practices that you will experience on our 8 week Frantic World Mindfulness course (starting 1st February).

Contact us to book a place.

Starts: Thursday 1 February 2018
Venue: Tippett Room, Springfield Community Campus, Beechfield Rd, Corsham, SN13 9DN
Time: 7.30pm - 8.45pm


Based on the best-selling book Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Prof Mark Williams and Danny Penman, this short eight week course will help you cope with whatever life throws at you with renewed strength and a kinder perspective.

Cost: £110 (concessions usually available. 10% discount to previous Mindfulness Generation students).  Contact us to book a place.

Walk with Me

Film (PG)
Monday 1 January 2018 – Thursday 11 January 2018
Venue: Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX Bristol



Slow down and breathe. This contemplative journey into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, is a rare insight into life within a monastic community and what it means to devote one's life to mindfulness.


Booking: Details from the Watershed website here.

Men’s therapy and mindfulness group

Once a month on a Wednesday: 7.00 – 8.45pm
Starts: 17 January 2018.  Cost: £95.
Teacher: Nigel Wellings.


A once monthly ongoing small group that meets 10 times over the year to practice together and explore the wider Buddhist context of mindfulness. Open to anyone who has completed an introduction to mindfulness.  Members sign up for all ten sessions.

'The course will focus on a teaching given by the historical Buddha called The Satipaṭṭhanā Sutta - ‘The Four Establishings (or Foundations) of Mindfulness’, one of the fullest and most important texts from the Buddha on how to practice meditation, covering mindfulness of the body and breath, mindfulness of sensations, mindfulness of the mind and mindfulness of wholesome and unwholesome mind states.

Evenings will consist of presentation, discussion and mindfulness practice. Emphasis on the practical rather than the academic.'

Contact Nigel Wellings: nigel.wellings@gmail.com       www.bath-bristol-mindfulness-courses.co.uk

EVENTS FROM OTHER ORGANISATIONS

Buddhist background to mindfulness

Monday 26 February 2018
At: Church House, Church St, Corsham, SN13 9BY, 7.30pm – 9pm


This class is for anyone who has completed an eight week mindfulness course or who has some experience of mindfulness meditation.

Cost: Donations to cover room hire.  Contact us for more information.

Eight week Mindfulness Course: ‘Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ 

OUR EVENTS in  JANUARY 2018

Mindfulness Introduction Sessions
Thursday 11 January 2018 and Thursday 18 January 2018

Monthly continuation class

Bristol Insight Meditation hosts regular self-led and teacher-led retreats. The retreats are held in silence and generally consist of alternate periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, talk/instruction by the teacher. An open question period is usually included.  The next teacher-led retreat takes place on Saturday 24 February 2018: 

Cultivating Refuge in a Changing World.
Teachers: Julia Wallond and Andrea Hosfeld:
  'In a world which appears increasingly unstable, bewildering and unkind, the need for refuge can feel ever more important. And while meditation and ‘retreats’ are often viewed as safe havens, for many of us, our internal landscape continues to reflect the turbulence in the outside world. What might it look and feel like to be safe, resourced and grounded in a world that will continue to shift beneath our feet? And what role do joy, wonder and gratitude play in meeting that which feels uncertain and unsteady? In the face of global instability is it possible to cultivate a more flexible conception of refuge – one that is informed by both wisdom and compassion, and doesn’t constitute a figurative or literal ‘running away’?' 

At: St Michaels on the Mount Parish Hall, St Michaels on the Mount School, Old Park Hill, off Perry Road, Bristol BS2 8BE

Website: Bristol Insight Meditation

Bristol Insight Meditation

 Frome Insight Meditation hosts regular self-led and teacher-led retreats. The retreats are held in silence and generally consist of alternate periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, talk/instruction by the teacher. An open question period is usually included.  The next  teacher-led retreat takes place on Sunday 28 January 2018

The True Heart’s Longing: Love, Wisdom and Freedom of Being.
Teacher: Martin Aylward
:   'It is the nature of the human heart to know a deep longing for depth, meaning and love. This day will explore this longing as a crucial resource to take us deep into our own mystery, towards intimacy with ourselves and others, ease with who and how we are, and a wise response to life's profound beauty and endless suffering.' 

At: Frome Steiner Academy, Park Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1EU.   Website: Frome Insight Meditation

JANUARY 2018


In the practice of accepting things as they are, ‘non-striving’, and cultivating the ability to respond wisely to life’s challenges, whenever they arise, mindfulness perhaps runs counter to the self-improvement and goal-orientated nature of New Year’s resolutions. Nevertheless, the tntalising appeal of a ‘clean slate’ on the first of January provides a chance to reflect on our values, and to renew our intentions for living mindfully.

"Of course we have made mistakes. Of course we have been not very skilful. Of course we have made ourselves suffer. Of course we have made the people around us suffer. But that does not prevent us from beginning anew and from making things much better next year, or even in the next moment." 

(Thich Nhat Hanh, New Year 1997)

When thinking about mindful living for the New Year, it can be helpful to remind ourselves about what mindfulness actually is.  The classic definition for participants in the Eight Week Course is Jon Kabat-Zinn’s: “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” John was reminded of the importance of the last word in that definition on a day retreat this month with Christina Feldman.  She describes the different aspects of mindfulness in various ways.  This is John’s recollection of one of them:

 1.  Interest: A vital attitude of mind is curiosity about what the mind is doing, accompanied by sympathy and warmth towards ourselves, and a real wish to investigate what is going on inside our heads, without being too critical or self-blaming;

2.  Intention: People practice mindfulness at many levels, but always with the intention to guide the mind towards healthy and positive states and away from negative ones;

3.  Attention:  It’s only through cultivating settled rather than momentary attention that we can begin to investigate and safeguard the mind.  Hence the basic training of bringing the attention back to the breath and body, without self-judgment, again and again and again.

Jon Kabat-Zinn himself recognised that being non-judgmental is not enough.  As he also wrote: ‘Seven attitudinal factors constitute the major pillars of mindfulness practice . . . non-judging, patience, a beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go.  These are to be cultivated consciously when you practice.’ (Full Catastrophe Living). These attitudes complement one another and are the foundation of mindfulness practice - focusing on any one of the seven would provide plenty of fuel for a mindful intention in the New Year…

Warm wishes for the continuation of your mindfulness journey in 2018!

John, Sarah and Beckie.

7 Tuesday evenings: 7.30-9.30 pm (maximum 8 participants)
Starts: 16th January 2018, Cost: £120 (concessions from £80), Teacher: Dan Lupton
Venue: The Riverside Building, 5 Riverside Terrace, Willow Vale, Frome BA11 1BQ
 

In this group, short Mindfulness practices will be combined with a therapeutic approach, giving space to witness each other as we explore the complexities and challenges of our lives as men. Some experience of Therapy/Counselling or Mindfulness/Meditation is desirable. 

Contact: Dan Lupton for an initial conversation: 07968 729090
dan.lupton@hotmail.co.uk           www.everyday-mindfulness.com

FEBRUARY 2018