LIVE MIIndful Meditation
Monday 18th January is marked as 'Blue Monday'. It is the day when financial pressure of the festive season, gloomy weather and the realisation of resolutions made may be harder than anticipated. Our Wellbeing Supporters from the MIIndful network would like to turn this around and focus on a mediation session to allow some time for our mental health.
We invite you to join us for a LIVE mindfulness meditation where we will be cultivating loving, kindness and compassion. This will be hosted by experienced mindfulness practitioner, Jonathan Bates. Attendees cameras will not be turned on so you are able to sit back with ease and listen to Jonathan during this uplifting 20-minute guided session. (Please allow up to 30 minutes in your diary).
Harnessing our loving kindness towards ourselves and others, with no expectation of anything in return, cultivates compassion. Through this compassion, we increase our acceptance of ourselves, and our desire to help others. Loving kindness meditation is the simple practice of sending goodwill and love to other people and the world in general. It might sound very simplistic but this is actually a very powerful meditation and has been found to help us develop a greater ability to feel happiness, empathy and compassion within the physical structure of the brain, as well as a greater all-round sense of wellbeing.
What is meditation
Meditators throughout the ages have known about the benefits of meditation, and today scientific research is verifying many of those benefits. These include, but are certainly not limited to, the release of stress and tension within the body, a decrease in depression and its symptoms, the controlling of anxiety, and the promotion of better emotional health. It also lengthens attention span, enhances self-awareness, improves sleep, helps to control blood pressure, and the list goes on. Scientific research included MRI scanning on the brain of meditators and non-meditators, as well as non-meditators who began to meditate. The results of the scans showed that meditating increases the grey matter in the brain which is a major part of the central nervous system associated with processing information, providing energy to neurons, and also processing emotions.
Talk to us. Our Wellbeing Supporters have been trained in Mental Health First Aid. The dedicated group are here to support our members in the industry. Anything you wish to share is treated confidently. We appreciate that many companies have their own in-house Mental Health First Aiders, but we also recognise that you may not be comfortable speaking with a colleague about personal matters. Our supporters are there to bridge that gap. They can offer support, guidance and sign-posting to more specialist support agencies, if required. Wellbeing Supporters biographies and contact details can be found here.
MIIndful 10. If you find these meditations useful we have a series of recorded sessions that can be found here.
Link details are sent via your booking confirmation. If you are unable to attend please cancel at your earliest convenience to allow another member to book.