Sunday Morning Meditation is open to all - whether you are a regular meditator or totally new to mindfulness. The two hour session gives you the chance to step out of your normal routine and step off that autopilot treadmill!


We begin promptly at 10.30am - so arrive a few minutes early!


The sessions are predominantly practical and experiential. So, although there is time for discussion, the emphasis is on practise.


Sessions include at least two Mindfulness meditations separated by prose and/or poetry readings, discussion of an aspect of mindfulness practice and a chance to ask questions and discuss your own practice.


Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.









 

10.30am      -     12.30pm


next session:


SUNDAY JUNE 16 & JUNE 30th

At Worth Matravers Village Hall



wear comfortable clothes

bring a small cushion


this is a drop in session, no need to book.




£10.00 includes refreshment

Half of this fee is donated to Bani Bilas School, Nepal - via ActionAid UK




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My aim in setting up this fortnightly meeting, is to provide the opportunity to practise Mindfulness in a group situation, because

meditating with other people can feel extremely reassuring and positive.


And it is enlightening to discuss our practise together. We can learn so much from each other.


Mindfulness is all about becoming more aware of who and how we are - and how we live our lives.


These sessions allow us to come together and share with each other how we can apply our practise to every day life situations  as well as the bigger difficulties that being human presents!


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The hall set up for a Mindfulness session.


Harmans Cross main hall provides a very conducive space for meditation practice. The view of the field is really peaceful - and if weather permits we sometimes do walking meditation.



If you’re curious to know what we do, here’s the session plan from Sunday 28th January.


Meet and greet at 10.30am.


Group discussion about how our practise has related to our every day life since we last met.


Mindfulness of Breath and Body with sitting Body Scan Meditation 30 - 40 minutes - reading of poem “Hokusai Says” by Roger Keyes


Enquiry on this practise. Participant’s chance to say how it felt.


Group discussion on the theme of “Rest”... when we meditate, we allow ourselves to rest. Looking at how we often do not take rest seriously or allow enough time in our schedule for rest and healing. Have we lost our innate ability to heal our selves with rest - and how can we get back in touch with it?

Recommended book “Why we Sleep” by Matthew Walker.


Mindful Tea Break - today a silent tea break with full awareness on eating (a biscuit) and drinking a coffee or tea (or water) 15 minutes.


Mindfulness of Breath (counting the breath meditation) 20 minutes.


Finish at 12.30pm.



















Mindful Walk and Senses Meditation Feb 17th 2019


Although in theory we can meditate anywhere we find ourselves, it can be very helpful if where we find ourselves feels pleasant and conducive!


Here in Purbeck we are blessed with so many  wonderful places in which to meditate - we’re almost spoilt for choice. 


After a relaxed silent walk we arrived on the cliff at

St Aldhelms Head for a senses meditation.


Just as we use the breath as a point of focus we can also use our senses. Indeed, to come to our senses is a phrase often used to describe the moment when we wake up to reality.      


Saving the sense of sight until the last few minutes of the meditation helped us to concentrate more deeply on our hearing, our body sensations and feelings and our sense of smell.


Eventually opening the eyes to explore in detail what we could see was a bit of a treat as we looked out over the coast towards Kimmeridge and beyond. It felt spacious and expansive to be part of this bigger picture.


The sense of taste was duly explored with a hot drink and biscuits.           


This meditation is described as one of the ‘informal‘ practices  - or bringing mindfulness to a routine activity.


We all experienced waking up to the extraordinary detail all around us that can so easily be missed when the mind is on autopilot and we are not completely aware of the moment. 

                                                                    




Sunday April 28th


We had a lively discussion about Mindfulness being a constant practise, an ongoing work in progress that we hope will continue until life ends.


We talked about the fact that so many people begin a mindfulness practise when facing a difficulty that is impacting their life. Once that difficulty is dealt with, many people gradually let go of their practise too.


But the certainty is that life will constantly present us with difficulty.


Mindfulness practise is not a cure for life’s challenges! It doesn’t guarantee that you will henceforth live a blissfully easy life. It doesn’t iron out the unpleasant!


What it does is to help us to respond to our difficulties with greater awareness and understanding - allowing us to be with our difficulties, allowing them to be there rather than resisting them, and giving ourselves the tools with which to look after ourselves with care and self-compassion when faced with life’s challenges. The practising of Mindfulness is as fundamental a part of good physical and mental heath as eating a good diet and having enough exercise.


Our need to be supported and sustained by Mindfulness practise, therefore, never stops! Which is why, once you’re on the Mindfulness pathway, it’s most beneficial to stay on it!!

    Limitless     by Danna Faulds


Sun says, “be your own illumination”


Wren says, “sing your heart out all day long”


Stream says, “do not stop for any obstacle”


Oak says, “when the wind blows, bend easily, and trust your roots to hold”


Stars say, “what you see is one small slice of a single modest galaxy. Remember that vastness cannot be grasped by mind”


Ant says, “small does not mean powerless”


Silence says nothing.


In the quiet, everything becomes clear.


I say, “limitless”


I say, “yes”












a helpful quote from Bob Sharples



“Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself.


In this view there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for self-criticism, for the endless guilt of not doing enough.


It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people’s lives in a knot.


Instead there is now meditation as an act of love. How endlessly delightful and encouraging.”


Bob Sharples