Mindfulness – What is it? #mindfulness #life-skill #meditation #bookreview

I’ve been studying Mindfulness in schools in my role as receptionist at a private sixth form and thought I would share my experience.

I would highly recommend.

Mindfulness is all about:

Paying attention to things as they happen in a kind, curious and accepting way without worrying. It teaches us to explore a skillful response to our many at times troubling thoughts as they arise.

It is:

  • A remarkable life-skill learnt through meditative practices and mindful walking.
  • For some, it becomes a whole way of being.
  • There is evidence to support that it improves: Concentration. Mood Regulation. The ability to choose appropriate responses. Alters the structure and function of the brain. Helps reduce stress and depression.

As part of the course I invested in a recommended course text book:

Course text book – Mindfulness in Schools recommends that participants acquire a copy of “Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. It comes with a CD of guided meditations, although these will be available to you online too.

My rating of the book: 5 stars. This is a great book, I would highly recommend. There are a lot of personal examples, and meditations to try. 

If you would prefer to access the meditations via youtube here is the link to the first meditation for you to try: Youtube Mindfulness Link – Meditations

The website http://franticworld.com/ gives information about this and other books by the same authors and is also a very good source of general information about mindfulness – what it is, what it offers, etc.

During the duration of the course we were given various links to suggested clips:

Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk whose teachings inspired many instigators of mindfulness in the West, like Mark Williams and Jon Kabat-Zinn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSOKte6TeMI

Mindful walking

Lunchtime mindful walks are run by the Wildlife Trusts at various locations in Cambridgeshire: https://www.wildlifebcn.org/events

Another useful link:  https://mindfulness-of-nature.com/

Alternatively, if you live locally to the Cambridgeshire area you can go for a Mindful Meander in the winter garden at Anglesey Abbey (National Trust) any morning from 7 Jan to 1 March next year: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/anglesey-abbey-gardens-and-lode-mill/features/mindful-meander-at-anglesey-abbey

Jack Kornfield, is a leading American mindfulness teacher and writer: https://jackkornfield.com/walking-meditation-2/

https://www.wildlifebcn.org/events/2019-12-13-mindfulness-walks

Lastly, in case you haven’t seen it on the MiSP website, there is a nice short video of young people talking about mindfulness: https://vimeo.com/291914745

For further information or to arrange a taster session email enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org
or visit www.mindfulnessinschools.org/courses/b-foundations/

If any of you have been getting your personal practice together and are enthusiastic about taking mindfulness further, you might like to join this online event. Alternatively, it might even be a way to get into a regular practice habit! Several big names in the mindfulness movement seem to have put their weight behind it: https://product.soundstrue.com/radical-compassion-challenge/register/

I hope you found these links and information about Mindfulness of interest.

Do pop over to my author blog to hear my latest news about my new forthcoming release, Mr Sagitarrius – Poetry and Prose which was inspired by my mindful walks in the Cambridge Botanical Garden: https://mjmallon.com/2020/01/11/cover-reveal-mr-sagitarrius-poetry-and-prose-tanka-tuesday-poetschoice-coverreveal-poetry-prose/

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