Mindfulness

We’re inviting you to come along and try Mindfulness Practice with us through online Zoom sessions on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9.10am to 9.40 am.

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What are mindfulness practices?

“Mindfulness practices” and “meditation” are terms that are often used interchangeably.

The modern practice of meditation and mindfulness has ancient roots – particularly via Buddhism.  However, modern practices do not necessarily have any religious aspect, are grounded in Psychology and are practiced by many purely for wellbeing benefits.

Mindfulness practices take different forms –

  • “in the moment” informal practices (e.g. like when in the hustle and bustle of life we ‘stop to smell the roses’), and
  • “formal practices” where we set aside focused time to practice being mindful/to meditate.

Formal practices (meditations) can vary widely.  The practices we’ll use have been recorded by Jessica Fisher who is a life-coach at Rewire Life Coaching.  Jess has a MSc in Mindfulness and Compassion and has some lovely practices freely available on Rewire’s website Christian Life Coaching | Rewire Life Coaching and on Soundcloud.  Jess is a Christian and has some practices that are particularly for Christians (like a guided prayer/reflection).  However, we’ll be using her “secular” recordings that are purely about wellbeing mindfulness (i.e. no religious aspects).

Each of Jess’ practices have a different focus – such as spending time becoming aware of your breath (which can help us manage everyday stress), self-compassion and gratitude.

Recent scientific history has confirmed what humans have known for thousands of years – meditation/mindfulness practices are good for us.

Although not often associated with Christianity – in Judaeo and Christian history meditation/mindfulness practices (in what we think of as the “modern” form) are recorded and encouraged in the Bible.   The importance of our thought-life and what we meditate on are mentioned in lots of lovely verses. (Jess periodically runs courses on Christian mindfulness and you can subscribe to Rewire’s newsletter to be notified when the next course will be.)

At SVC we want to help others to take care of themselves and their thought-life.  We hope you’ll join us for the mindfulness practices and experience the benefits in your lives.