High Weald Meditation
Mindfulness and meditation are valuable ways of learning to live in the present moment, along with cultivating a greater capacity for kindness and compassion for oneself and others. It is learning the art of conscious living.
These practices have become popular because of their ability to reduce negative and debilitating thoughts, feelings and behaviours. They can also help you deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction and relationship problems.
Neuroscience research has shown that these practices have a positive impact on the parts of the brain responsible for memory, happiness and wellbeing, and emotional regulation, which helps to explain why mindfulness is able to help people reduce levels of anxiety, depression and stress.
Mindfulness and meditation can help you to become aware of your thought patterns. By so doing, you are able to experience your thoughts as separate from yourself. This means you can more easily control negative thought patterns and unhelpful emotional responses. In essence, you learn that your thoughts are not who you are - they are just your thoughts. And you then can begin to influence your own internal circuitry and become less chained to damaging emotional responses which have caused pain or distress in the past.
I teach an 8 week Mindfulness course, based on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) which is recommended by the NHS. There is a greater potential for change within a group environment. Within this safe space your own struggles are reflected in others which can give you greater insight into your own problems and those of all human beings. There is the added benefit of group members providing support for each other.
At the end of the course, participants can continue to take part in a monthly group to support their mindfulness practice.
Once or twice a month there are ‘drop in’ meditation groups.
As a counsellor and psychotherapist (see kimpaumier.com), my work is based on supporting self-reflection with compassion and understanding.
I have been meditating for over 20 years, which has included leading meditation and mindfulness groups. Through my own meditation practice I have experienced the depth of insight and growth that is possible.