My new courses for mindfulness meditation and awareness are now available for booking on the Surrey County Council website HERE.
Starting in Camberley on 1st October 2016 and in Guildford on the 5th November 2016 as well as a meditation circle at the Guildford centre please follow the link to the Surrey County Council website and use the search box to find all the dates and courses that will be suitable for you.
For those who have previously been on my Mindfulness courses you would be ideally suited to join the Meditation circle’s to continue your journey of mindfulness and awareness, we shall also begin to discuss and explore our spirituality through meditation.
There is a new meditation class starting this month in Guildford, Surrey, the class details are below:
The start date – 30th April 2016
End date – 21st May 2016
the class starts each Saturday at 10.30am and runs for two hours until 12.30
The class runs at the Guildford Adult Education centre for four weeks, for further information please contact me through the contact form on this website, or you can ring the Surrey County Council Adult Education booking phone number to acquire additional information.
please ring 0300 2001044 to book your place on this course.
Or visit the website and search for Meditation under adult Education.
It has often been said that if you learn habits especially good habits at a young age or before puberty then those habits stay with you for life. In Buddhist country’s mindfulness meditation is taught to children of primary school age and there is growing evidence that it enhances children’s learning in other subjects.
Below are two articles from the BBC on mindfulness meditation which I hope you find interesting.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35688048 – can mindfulness improve children’s concentration?
and another BBC article, about how meditation can, or may be able to slow down the effects of ageing.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35688048 – slowing down ageing with mindfulness meditation
As we strengthen our brain and our mind’s ability’s with regular meditation we find that our ability to do all sort’s mind exercise improve dramatically. A recent study using the fairly new technology of the Fmri scanners (functional magnetic resonance imaging) shows how the brain/mind will actually use different pasts of the brain when we start conjuring up thoughts, in fact we would use these different parts of our brain regardless if the story is real or made up.
If we make up a story in our mind’s and place it in the past, certain parts of the brain become engaged, if we take the same storyline and place it in the future we will use different parts of our mind and brain for this, and the same applies if we place that imaginary story in the present. This is called ‘Chronesthesia’ or commonly mental time travel, to read more on this interesting discovery, follow this link:
There is a great by-product of mindfulness meditation which is that we all become more contented because we remove a lot of emotional stress from our lives through the simple action of meditation.
Here is a link a to a great scientific study and article which claims to be able to recognise ‘happy body cell’s’
You can find a lot of scientific studies that have been done on people who do mindfulness meditation and they all present profound findings on how mindfulness meditation changes your perception on life and how this impacts on the level of your personal happiness. Below is another short video extolling the virtues of mindfulness meditation from the perspective of a Psychologist.
I will be providing Mindfulness Meditation courses in Guildford over the next year in Guildford, Surrey, the dates are below but you will need to book your position through the Guildford Surrey Adult Learning system. (see website below) I Hope to see you there. 🙂
Or ring them on – 0300 200 1044
Saturday 7/11/2015 – One off taster/Intro session, 10.30am-12.30pm
Saturdays 14/11/2015 to 5/12/2015 – 4 week course, 10.30am-12.30pm
Saturday 27/2/2016 – One off taster/Intro session, 10.30am-12.30pm
Saturdays 5/3/2016 to 19/3/2016 – 3 week course, 10.30am-12.30pm
Saturday 23/4/2016 – One off taster/Intro session, 10.30am-12.30pm
Saturdays 30/4/2016 to 21/5/2016 – 4 week course, 10.30am-12.30pm
The taster/intro session is a stand alone meditation course where I teach the technique of breathing to calm the body and then the technique of clearing the ‘monkey mind’ which so many people get stuck on, we shall also start to discuss the principles of ‘awareness’ of which there are many and how to start implementing them in your life. This is a must if you intend to also do the weekly course as it would be unfair to make those who have completed to wait for you to catch up.
In the follow up weeks of the meditation class proper, we shall practise all these techniques, we will also consider the mind images that some people can get and their meanings. I will outline the differences between various Meditation techniques and we shall also practise walking meditation alongside our sitting meditations. Each class shall finish with a guided healing meditation. I will provide handout sheets for the guided meditations so that you can also begin to practise these at home yourself. All lessons will have time for a question and answer between our meditations as well so that we can all learn together.