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An Introduction to Mindfulness – Dartington, Totnes

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We invite you to join us for an Introduction to Mindfulness Session. The workshop is for persons Aged 16+.

Date:     Tuesday 12th September

Venue:  Griffiths Room at Dartington Hall, Totnes, TQ9 6EL

Time:    7 p.m to 9.00 p.m.  

The workshop is for persons Aged 16+.

Places are limited so booking is essential. This session is offered FOC  to our adopters but we would welcome donations on the evening.

Please contact devon@familiesforchildren.org.uk for more information or to book a place.

What is Mindfulness

Mindfulness is described as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose; in the present moment and non-judgementally”.

Mindfulness is an awareness process, not a thinking process.

Have you ever started eating a snack bar, taken a couple of bites and then noticed that all you had left was an empty packet in your hand?  Have you driven somewhere and when you arrived at your destination, you realised that you can’t remember the journey?  Most people have experienced this or something similar. These are common examples of “mindlessness” or being on “automatic pilot”.  Our modern lives are busy and we are often multi tasking.  At these times it is easy to lose awareness of the present moment and we can get lost in our efforts to juggle work, home, finance and conflicting demands.  We are often not present in our own lives and we fail to notice the good things about our lives, only focussing on the negative aspects.

Our minds are easily distracted, habitually examining past events and trying to anticipate the future.  Mindfulness offers the opportunity to be more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations.  With practice, it allows us to observe what is occurring in a way that suspends judgement and self-criticism.  This can have an incredibly positive impact on our lives.

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives.  It will not eliminate life’s pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head and body. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events.  It provides a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight and understanding.

Canadian Psychologist, Donald Hebb coined the phrase “neurones that fire together, wire together”.  In other words, the more we practice mindfulness, the more we develop neuro-pathways in the brain associated with being mindful.  This makes it easier to be fully in the present moment.

Who is Mindfulness For?

Mindfulness is for everyone from all walks of life, young or old.  Mindfulness is not a religion and there is no necessary religious component to mindfulness.  Anyone, with any belief system can enjoy the benefits of mindfulness.

Although mindfulness may have had its origins in the east, the benefits of mindfulness and meditation are now relatively mainstream and the scientific community has produced data correlating mindfulness and meditation to stress reduction, pain management and a coping strategy for depression.  In the last 30 years, the most widely recognised Mindfulness practices include Mindfulness Behaviour Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.