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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Mindful Heroes

The Red House

Join us for an afternoon with Vin Harris, Meditation Teacher, co-editor of Mindful Heroes and Founder of the Hart Knows Trust. Date: Sunday 23rd February 2020 Time: 2-5pm Location: The Red House, 13 Upton Avenue, Forest Gate, London, E7 9JT Donations Welcome! Please RSVP on meetup to reserve your seat or cushion 🤗 We look forward to welcoming you.

Mindfulness Based Living Drop in Sessions

The Red House

Welcome to Newham and East London's Mindfulness Meditation Meet Up Group where we practice and cultivate Compassionate Awareness, Insight and Wisdom through Mindfulness Training. Each drop in session offers the opportunity to deeply reflect and contemplate the values of Loving Kindness, Joy, Compassion and Equanimity in a way that calms the mind and body, and enable us to listen deeply so we can respond rather than react to life's challenges within the Urban Environment. Ultimately, each session aims to be a resource for each of us to stay focused and connected to our hearts deepest wishes and access the energy needed to reach our full potential. Whilst sustained Mindfulness training often results in reduced stress and anxiety, and an increase in the ability to relax and be more centred and grounded. It also offers the opportunity to connect with ourselves and others more fully so we can gain clarity about what really matters in our lives and then build new responses to the challenges and blocks that we face in bringing what matters to fruition for our own well being, and the well being of others. A key focus of this group will also be to cultivate the awareness of our interconnection that serves as a resource for compassionate action and wise discernment that propels us to make the changes we need or want to see in the world. Each session will start with a welcome sit, mindful movement exercises including Mindful Walking, Mindful Yoga or Qigong. We will then do a guided sitting practice, followed by open enquiry, teachings and or sharing to facilitate development, learning and understanding of what it is to be human in a Urban Landscape. At the end of each session, there will be a dedication and an opportunity to catch up over a cup of tea and maybe some biscuits. Drop in sessions are offered on alternating Saturdays Start and end times: Saturdays - 10.30am to 12.30 noon. Sessions are held at The Red House Club, 13 Upton Avenue, Forest Gate, Newham, London E7 9PN. Please check the calendar for specific dates. The sessions are suitable for both experienced practitioners and beginners. You are welcome to sit either on the floor or in a chair so feel free to come as you are. However, you can bring a blanket, meditation cushion or yoga mat etc if you wish. Although mats, cushions and chairs will be provided. Please visit http://www.urbanmindfulnessfoundation.co.uk for further information on other retreat days, courses and events. All drop in sessions are offered on a suggested donation basis. Your donations are important to us and will go a long way to supporting disadvantaged individuals within the Borough of Newham in East London accessing mindfulness training. The suggested donations for the drop in sessions are:- £3 per session for members £5 per session for non members. Thank you for reading about this wonderful group of mindful practitioners and we look forward to practising with you soon. Much loving kindness Dean, Aesha, Mauricio and Barbara The Urban Mindfulness Foundation.

Mindfulness Based Living Drop in Sessions

The Red House

Welcome to Newham and East London's Mindfulness Meditation Meet Up Group where we practice and cultivate Compassionate Awareness, Insight and Wisdom through Mindfulness Training. Each drop in session offers the opportunity to deeply reflect and contemplate the values of Loving Kindness, Joy, Compassion and Equanimity in a way that calms the mind and body, and enable us to listen deeply so we can respond rather than react to life's challenges within the Urban Environment. Ultimately, each session aims to be a resource for each of us to stay focused and connected to our hearts deepest wishes and access the energy needed to reach our full potential. Whilst sustained Mindfulness training often results in reduced stress and anxiety, and an increase in the ability to relax and be more centred and grounded. It also offers the opportunity to connect with ourselves and others more fully so we can gain clarity about what really matters in our lives and then build new responses to the challenges and blocks that we face in bringing what matters to fruition for our own well being, and the well being of others. A key focus of this group will also be to cultivate the awareness of our interconnection that serves as a resource for compassionate action and wise discernment that propels us to make the changes we need or want to see in the world. Each session will start with a welcome sit, mindful movement exercises including Mindful Walking, Mindful Yoga or Qigong. We will then do a guided sitting practice, followed by open enquiry, teachings and or sharing to facilitate development, learning and understanding of what it is to be human in a Urban Landscape. At the end of each session, there will be a dedication and an opportunity to catch up over a cup of tea and maybe some biscuits. Drop in sessions are offered on alternating Saturdays Start and end times: Saturdays - 10.30am to 12.30 noon. Sessions are held at The Red House Club, 13 Upton Avenue, Forest Gate, Newham, London E7 9PN. Please check the calendar for specific dates. The sessions are suitable for both experienced practitioners and beginners. You are welcome to sit either on the floor or in a chair so feel free to come as you are. However, you can bring a blanket, meditation cushion or yoga mat etc if you wish. Although mats, cushions and chairs will be provided. Please visit http://www.urbanmindfulnessfoundation.co.uk for further information on other retreat days, courses and events. All drop in sessions are offered on a suggested donation basis. Your donations are important to us and will go a long way to supporting disadvantaged individuals within the Borough of Newham in East London accessing mindfulness training. The suggested donations for the drop in sessions are:- £3 per session for members £5 per session for non members. Thank you for reading about this wonderful group of mindful practitioners and we look forward to practising with you soon. Much loving kindness Dean, Aesha, Mauricio and Barbara The Urban Mindfulness Foundation.

8 week Compassion Based Living Course

The Red House

8 Week Compassion Based Living Course The Compassion Based Living Course is a weekly mindfulness course based on the Mindfulness Association’s Level 2 Training – Responding with Compassion. It is an eight-week course consisting of eight classes, which are typically two hours long, and is a course that draws on insights and practices from neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and Mahayana Buddhism. This secular course starts with building self-compassion into the mindfulness practices you will have learnt on the Mindfulness Based living course. Through compassionate imagery and mindful self-compassion, we will cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up our inner resource, from which we can approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We then approach the inner-critic: that can be harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. What would be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live life from this place rather than from a place of destructive self-criticism? In the course of the journey we move from self-compassion towards compassion for others, exploring practices which help us find balance and perspective beyond our narrow preferences, generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, responding appropriately to pain and suffering while also appreciating the good things in our lives, integrating compassion into all that we do. As there is a strong emphasis on the experiential nature of the course, there are home practice suggestions between the sessions that include regular compassion practice and daily life exercises. The weekly themes are: Session 1 – Why practice compassion? Because we suffer Session 2 – The Compassionate Mess Session 3 – It’s not our fault: an evolutionary perspective Session 4 – Creating conditions of safeness Session 5 – Befriending the self-critic Session 6 – Finding the compassionate friend within Session 7 – The Four Immeasurable Qualities Session 8 – Widening the circle of compassion Session one of the course will start on the 25th April 2020 and run every Saturday between 10.30am - 1pm for eight weeks. 8 Week Course - £120. • What to bring You may like to bring, a drink, note book, pen, warm blanket and cushion if you have one. Use the following link to pay: https://www.urbanmindfulnessfoundation.co.uk/register/8-week-compassion-based-living-course-cblc-april-2020/

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Mindfulness Based Living Drop in Sessions

The Red House

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