Birmingham Professional Event Recap: Mindfulness Series

This series of four one hour lunchtime sessions provided an introduction to mindfulness. The group were guided through meditation by Dr David Mair, who explained about “monkey mind” and the basics of mindfulness. There were lots of small group discussion activities and meditation exercises. The sessions also covered mindful eating and mindful walking and David gave the group several activities to practice at home.

The series proved very popular and the feedback was extremely positive. The participants found the sessions very useful and relaxing and several wanted to take it further and join a group or regular meeting.

Quotes from participants

“David was an excellent leader. He has been extremely useful in sharing his knowledge and leading activities. It was full of useful guidance and we covered a lot”

“Learning to step back, breathe, take time, be aware, move on”

“David had a calm, helpful approach, easily accessible information and gave clear explanations which was very useful”

Further resources

  • The Open Heart Project:  An online meditation community.  Free to sign up for a weekly, ten minute guided meditation video and access to a mindfulness blog. Led by Susan Piver, an American Buddhist who has written widely on mindfulness.
  • Headspace:  – app for mobiles and tablets: offers a free introduction to mindfulness meditation.  After an initial 10 day period, further programmes are on offer for a fee.
  • Sounds – large, US-based provider of online mindfulnesss/meditation programmes.  Some are free, others have to be purchased.  Signing up to their mailing list gets you access to some free stuff!

*Remember – the university is not responsible for the content of any external websites or app providers, so always check that your computer has the latest anti-virus software installed before downloading any programmes from these websites.  Similarly, externally run groups/workshops are not within our control, so always check that you feel comfortable about the way a group is being run before committing to it long-term.

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