Many scientific studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness based approaches, including meditation.
A Mindfulness, Meditation and Discussion Group meets fortnightly to learn and practice mindfulness and meditation. The aim is to incorporate easy to do mindful living practices into everyday life in order to decrease stress and increase happiness and energy levels. To learn more about this Group go to WORKSHOPS.
Mindfulness means having an awareness and acceptance of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment moment by moment. With mindfulness, you pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and what you are sensing in the current moment without judging them to be either right or wrong, or thinking about the past or the future.
The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices where an individual trains the mind to be still or be in thoughtful awareness. Meditation promotes relaxation and peace where the mind is alert but calm, and builds an internal energy. Studies have shown that releasing and clearing the mind in this way eases many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety.
The mind plays an important part in overall health and well-being and practices such as mindfulness and meditation can greatly assist in relaxation and allowing the body to function more efficiently and heal itself.