Community News – Insight Meditation with Mindfulness
And many thanks, to all who participated in the Insight Meditation with Mindfulness drop-in sessions during the month of May, June and July.
The venue, Dunboyne Parish Centre provided such a surprisingly peaceful setting. This new build is warm, spacious and airy. As quoted by one participant “ a relaxed space to look forward to each week that’s just for me”.
We were delighted with the response and numbers who turned up each week. Considering it was mainly through word of mouth with a ‘good dollop of trust’ on our side even when things didnt seem to turn out quite as we had imagined!
Each week would focus on a particular theme. Learning how our bodies relate and respond to stress and in particular the role of our central nervous system was of interest to many. Understanding how the on/off button (the two branches of the sympathetic/parasympethetic nervous system)is activated and plays a vital role in our relationship to ongoing good health both psychologically and emotionally.
Each week we learned a little more about shifting our response to everyday stress and anxiety. Experiencing guided meditation with a mindfulness perspective during each session was warmly anticipated by the group. Sometimes it felt like a big sigh of relief as we settled into our quiet space allowing the busyness of the week to fade into a more relaxed state. Developing the field of awareness begins as we give commitment to learning the skill of patience and non judgemental towards our practice. Not an easy task initally! as we gently learn to cool down and turn towards the stressors that have built a home in our beautiful mind and body over time.
The feedback received from the mindfulness breathing pod cast was welcomed and deemed a good idea towards keeping people ‘tuned in’ to remaining mindful out side of each session. The interaction and comments on how people were dealing with heretofore ‘stressful states’ with less reactive patterns etc. was heartwarming to hear. Thanks to one and all.
I do hope you enjoyed my varied teaching approaches. The outstanding use of visual images like my( not so perfect cartoon sketches!)and also the poetry and storytelling as a way towards retaining information. How lovely it is to sit as a group being guided and gently supported into an inner quiet space. Exploring personal experiences that can have insightful wisdom
The famous philosopher Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living”. How very true. We are on our journey…………
Namaste and thank you.