Guided Mindfulness Meditation with The Little Company of Calm
Dates; Thursday mornings; 19 May – 23 June
Session A 10.00-10.25 and Session B 10.30-10.55
Participants can opt for either or both sessions. There will be different focal points in sessions A and B, though themes will be similar
Cost; Per session
for Session A and B £8
For Session A or B £5
Cost; Per block of 6 sessions
To book for the full block (6 weeks) of Session A and B £45
To book for the full block (6 weeks) of Session A or B £26
Description of Meditation Block
Over the 6 week block, we are providing guided meditation for anyone, no matter how long you have meditated for, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned practitioner, you have the option to experience one or both of the sessions.
Over the first block of 6 weeks, themes will include Equanimity (Balance), Steadiness, Spaciousness and Stillness.
The practice of meditation has many benefits, including lowering blood pressure, calming the nervous system and supporting mental and physical health.
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Some FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) about coming to guided meditations
What do you do, what happens at the mindfulness meditation sessions?
- You make yourself comfortable with space around you
- Sit down at one of the chairs with cushions, or on one of the bigger cushions with your own yoga blocks
- You can use the wall to support your back, or see if your spine can self support
- We usually say hello before the start, but that’s not obligatory!
- The teacher rings the bell and the guidance starts.
- At the end of the session, the teacher rings the bell. There is a minute or two for any questions or comments, but people usually just say “bye” or “thanks”, put their coat and mask back on and make their way out to whatever is next for them.
And that’s the format
What do you need to bring?
Yourself and maybe a yoga block or maybe you have a cushion you like to use. Maybe water to drink
A mask for when you arrive at and leave from the Arts Centre
Do I need to have meditated before?
No not at all, there is no desired level of participants. Some have meditated for years, others may have dabbled a bit, but others will never have done any formal meditation before
Will I need to say why I am there or comment at all?
For those less familiar with meditation, you might think that you have to do something, interact, answer questions, even to look or act in a certain way. Not at all. This is for you, a quiet half or full hour, of restoring mental energy, a space and time when you don’t have to do anything or get anywhere quick. But this isn’t yet another modern routine distraction. With practice, it is a way to increase the present moment pathway part of the brain , to develop a calm balanced space inside you.
What kind of guidance is used, is this a structured course?
This is not a structured course. You can attend 1 session or 6! At the same time, themes are touched upon, and meditation focuses are used. Between January and February, Steadiness, Spaciousness and Stillness are there as qualities that we can tap into during the sessions, which we can use as “ways in” towards peacefulness and calm. And underpinning that is the lovely human quality of Equanimity which we explore
In the first part of the session, there will be more emphasis on the body and breath. In the second part, sounds will be another way to experience and cultivate the qualities mentioned
Why might I or others do this?
Good question. You could also ask why people why they go to the gym, take regular walks, run or practice yoga. Many reasons! An easy answer though would be to look after yourself, recharge the old(in my case) mental batteries. How often do you get the chance to sit and observe the mind, look after it, without any sense of “I need to get things right and if not, I’d better not get them wrong!” Mindfulness is a training of the attention of the mind, but without kindness and compassion, it isn’t mindfulness. A lot of us need a little help and yes, guidance around this, usually, we don’t have time to look after ourselves. When we do, we may well notice that we can give others more skilful attention, become better listeners etc in our daily lives. Give ourselves some room for manoeuvre
Usually people want to learn how to be calm, find peace inside of them, but also to feel more alive and bright. Different times will have different energy requirements for the individual
Themes and Content
What if I don’t understand?
The current overall theme is “equanimity”. “Equanimous”, isn’t exactly an every day word, it can describe that greater perspective we can get from a long or distant view, or, the spacious feeling when we aren’t pressurised. It is something that we all experience and can relate to, even though it may be fleeting or very occasional. I find it quite hard to pronounce equanimous actually, so being an expert is quite a high bar to set! This is about experiential learning. There are no exams to pass, or lofty debates to win. When you sense space around a constricted muscle, or when you notice that, yes, there is a feeling of really being here awake and alive, but at the same time, relaxed and comfortable, without having to try too hard, that is the kind of experience I talking about. To use inner balance as a focus in meditation can be a positive aspiration, not to set up as an expectation of needing to get somewhere, its about setting an intention, and then relaxing around that. No gold medals to be won, but feelings of wellbeing may arise once you get into the practice.
What if my mind wanders?
Rest assured, your mind will wander! It is noticing that and coming back with kindness that is core to the practice. You cant get this wrong, but you have to experience that wonderful freeing feeling, not listen or read about it from me or anyone else!
Where can I book?
Here! Click on the following link
And below, a short poem from the 13th century Sufi poet Rumi. Maybe an overly simple perception, but what I take from it is, that we shouldn’t let the critical voice/s in our heads dominate and drown out kinder more gentle ones. And also, that the fear of getting things right and not getting them wrong is universal. Phew, it’s not just me then!
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about,
Ideas language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense”