What we're about

Welcome to Newham's Mindfulness Meditation Meetup Group where we will practice secular mindfulness meditation with the intention and motivations around improving the health and wellbeing of ourselves and others.

A key focus of this group will be the cultivation of mindfulness and compassion for the benefit of ourselves and others we connect with. The group will provide the opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness in a safe environment.

We will run drop in sessions on alternating Saturday mornings at 10.30am -12.30.

Each drop in session will start with a welcome and mindful movement exercise. We will then do a guided sitting practice. This will be followed by open enquiry and sharing to facilitate development, learning and understanding. At the end of the session, there is a short dedication.

Venue: The Red House, 13 Upton Avenue, Forest Gate, Newham, London E7 9PN.

The sessions are suitable for complete beginners and the experienced.

Blankets, chairs, cushions and mats will be provide. However, please feel free to bring your own meditation comforts if you have an established practice. To keep this group going there is a suggested minimum donation of £3 per session for Members of the Urban Mindfulness Foundation and £5 for non members.

From time to time we will also run the 8 week mindfulness based living course and retreats. Please note it may not be possible to run the free drop in classes when courses are running.

The sessions are run by authentic practitioners who have been committed to their own mindfulness practice for at least 5 years or more, as well as teaching mindfulness to the wider community. Each of the leading facilitators are in year three of the Masters Degree in Mindfulness Studies offered by the University of Aberdeen and the Mindfulness Association. We also follow the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers Guidelines and continue a detailed CPD programme that includes gaining cherished teachings from the Authentic Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu Lineage and Samye Ling and Samye Dzong Monastery's, The Mindfulness Association and Oxford Mindfulness Centre. If you are looking for a place to deepen your practice and understanding of mindfulness you have come to the right place.

We look forward to practising with you.

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Free Multicultural Mindfulness Discussion and Practice Gathering

Free Multicultural Mindfulness Discussion and Practice Gatherings
Alternate Mondays
UK Time: 19.00 pm - 20.30 pm

Session summary

• Arrival Sit and Welcome 10 mins

• Short Talk and meditation practice 40 mins

• Mindful dialogue – 30 mins

• Closing reflections and dedication practice – 10 mins

Session Content
Sessions generally include an arrival and welcome sit, followed by a short introduction talk followed by a guided or occasionally silent meditation.

Participants are encouraged to come along with topics for discussion and or to expect to have a mindful conversation about topics relating to multicultural community building. Discussions and practice will generally be focused around the theme of what it takes to develop social and cultural unity, acceptance, equality, equity and inclusion in modern society.

All discussions are held within a mindful dialogue and community of practice framework. So be prepared to explore how we can use our practice to support authentic embodied communication around the subjects of identity based harm and social conditioning in order to free ourselves from limited beliefs and enter into a bigger space of awareness that connects us back to nature, our true home and each other.

Over the course of these Monday drop in sessions we will use mindful practice and awareness training to explore as a multicultural group some of the biggest and most challenging question we have to ask ourselves in society today. Questions such as, why are we here? what is our purpose? what is knowledge? why critical thinking? intersectionality, race, gender, class, sexuality, age, religion, beliefs, Environmental sustainability, the rationale for affinity groups, what social change might look like? activism, craftivism and the importance of collaboration and unity.

By centering mindfulness, compassion, insight and wisdom development. We will explore through an embodied mindful community of practice conversation, reflection, contemplation and practice framework, non adversarial, but effective pathways to freedom, unity and social justice for self and all generations to come.

We are not a Buddhist or religious group, although we do acknowledge the teachings from various traditions including African and Buddhist Philosophy and Spirituality. So we come together as an inclusive secular mindfulness group focused on developing skills outside of any religious framework or system in the interest of teaching ourselves, each other and wider society a new form of social mindfulness grounded in biopsychosocial learning.

Following the race report recently publish, we have decided to make these events free for the foreseeable future. However, please make a donation of your choice by visiting our website www.urbanmindfulnessfoundation.co.uk

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