April’s Mindfulness Guide

 

Guided Mindfulness Practice

Listen to Andy Metcalf’s Guide to Mindfulness Practice (27 mins)

Nick’s Reflections

Uncertainty and Inner Peace
 
The current uncertain times we are living in are a reminder of the uncertainty of existence and of how important it is to remain grounded in the present moment.
 
Frequent stopping and re-centering in the present moment brings us closer to the ever present stillness that is the background to all activity.
Many of us will be concerned not only about ourselves but also about relatives and friends, especially those who are vulnerable and perhaps lonely.
 
It is important to remember that it is natural for fear and anxiety to arise in times of uncertainty, even when we try to be still.
 
We accept all states of mind as being the flow of nature.
 
The answer is not to try and stop the flow, but to notice it, to bring our attention to the exhaling breath, and to surrender and accept in our bodies whatever we are experiencing.
 
It can help when we do so, by saying to ourselves that “right now it’s just like this”… and sit with that.
 
In all circumstances there is a ‘knower’ and there is what is known. Be the ‘knower’.
 
If the quiet reflection is pleasant or calming, enjoy it, but don’t try to hold on to it.
 
If it is unpleasant and unsettling, let it be as it is, and just sit with it.
 
In both cases you will be closer to the way things are.
 
Even after an uncomfortable sitting or moment of reflection, you will feel strangely better and calmer.
 
True happiness and well-being can only arise when we are attuned to the way things are.
 
Only in acceptance can we find a deeper peace within.
 
Whatever our circumstances, we can wish well to all those who are not as fortunate as we might be.
 
Whatever well-being we may be experiencing, we can share it in our minds and hearts with others.
 
Nick Carroll

Resources

Head Space
This is a free 10 session guided mindfulness practice available as an app which you can download. Very user-friendly for people starting out.
 
Mindful Living
mindfullivingsummit.com offers free online events. The website introduces you to the variety of contributors from neuroscience, mindfulness and psychology and gives you a good idea of the breadth of knowledge and research that undergirds this practice.
 
Jan Kabat-Zinn
I am keen to introduce you to Jan Kabat-Zinn. Excellent videos available on YouTube. This is a man who ‘walks the talk’. For those who enjoy reading, his book Full Catastrophe Living is a book of wisdom and self help with a CD. It may be especially helpful to folk in the high risk category and who live with pain.
 
Tara Brach
Tara offers free online sessions and also ways of engaging with the pandemic.
 
Anna Black
Mindfulness on the Go with Anna Black – available on Facebook.
Anna is an experienced online practitioner and also offers courses in London. At the time for publication she is offering free online sessions at 8.30 a.m.)
 
I hope there will be something here that suits you.
 
Helen Muller