Over the last couple of months I have been delivering mindfulness and meditation sessions for the public at Loughborough library.
I really love to spread the word about mindfulness. It has been so life changing for me that I want others to know how much it could add to their lives.
The sessions at the library are free to attend. I think this is so important as it opens up the opportunity to benefit to everyone. The sessions are really pressure free. There is no expectation for anyone to contribute. Of course I am always happy to answer questions but I totally respect that others may want to simply sit, listen and have a go.
Running the sessions got me thinking about how well meditation works in groups as well as individually. Being in a group increases our commitment and focus. This is particularly important when you are new to meditation. It takes reputation to get more benefit from meditation so creating the right circumstances for this is all important.
We all know that mental chatter can seem to be a huge barrier to a meditation session. Meditation is not easy, much of the challenge comes from committing to sit regularly and for a defined period. All sorts of thoughts can pop up and give us the excuse to move and do something else. Anything that we can do to eliminate excuses is great.
When we sit alone finding a distraction free environment can help. Even without distraction we might still find it difficult to finish our session. The temptation to open your eyes and check how long is left is really common, especially when we are just setting out.
Sitting in a group setting in many ways cuts out the mental chatter that might lead us to abandon our session if we were alone. When we commit to others we tend to stick with our plan better than if we have simply committed to ourselves.
Whether your meditation is in a group or alone I always find it really useful to remind myself at the beginning of the meditation who will benefit from me doing my session. Often my thoughts come back to my 3 year old, Noah. If I have done my session I am certainly more like the calm and patient parent I like to be.
Think about your life and who could benefit from you being more mindful. Chose someone important to you, wouldn’t your relationship be better if you were more present in the moment for them? Having this in mind will really boost your motivation for the exercise.
If you are thinking about giving it a go but you don’t want any financial commitment then get in touch and find out when the next sessions are running. If you already know that you would like to do more then book onto a revitalise day for a longer session which opens up the opportunity for deeper relaxation and focus.