What we're about

We're a friendly, local group for anyone interested in Mindfulness, either as a form of personal spiritual practice or as a practical technique for living a better, calmer, more focussed and more productive life.

We hold regular meetups every week which offer (in a friendly, relaxed and informal atmosphere) the opportunity to:

• learn more about Mindfulness

• try-out some Mindfulness techniques and methods of Mindfulness meditation

• meet and get to know other people who are interested in Mindfulness, or in meditation in general

Our weekly meetings include occasional talks by guest speakers, periods of guided Mindfulness meditation, regular film and video presentations about Mindfulness, information about any Mindfulness-related events, classes and courses that are happening locally, plus the opportunity to chat and get to know the other group members socially over refreshments. All are welcome and membership is free.

Our open weekly meetings are relaxed, casual and "open", and they provide an opportunity to encounter Mindfulness in an easy and straightforward way.

Our main Regular Weekly Meeting takes place in the Nottingham city centre (just off the Old Market Square, so close to easy parking and full public transport links, including rail), and it's usually held on a Thursday evening from 7.00pm through to approximately 9.00pm (we usually finish somewhere between 8.50pm and 9.10pm - you are welcome to slip away early if you need to in order to make transport connections).

You can find out more by visiting our website www.NottinghamMindfulnessGroup.co.uk (http://www.nottinghammindfulnessgroup.co.uk/) or by exploring our pages here on MeetUp.

For more about Mindfulness, scroll down and see below...

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About Mindfulness
Mindfulness is an ancient form of meditation practice that is today widely recognised as being a highly effective approach for managing stress, pain and illness, increasing general health and well-being, improving our quality of life, enhancing our relationships... and simply becoming better at whatever we choose to do in life. By becoming more mindful we can create the conditions that give us greater choice in how we respond to our experiences - thereby enabling us to have a rich and fulfilling life, even when we're confronted by difficult or challenging circumstances.

Also, Mindfulness is simple and is for everyone. Whether you want to reduce stress, improve your performance, become a better leader, experience greater well-being, manage pain, or change habits that are difficult to break, mindfulness training and a regular mindfulness practice (even as little as 10 minutes a day) will help.

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Our group uses Mindfulness techniques drawn from many different, respected sources and it is aligned to no one school or tradition, however a key inspiration and reference point for our activities is the teaching and work of Thích Nhất Hạnh and the Plumb Village Mindfulness Community.

Please Note:
Our open, drop-in meetings are designed to share information about Mindfulness and to offer the opportunity for people to experience and practice Mindful meditation in the company of others. These meetings are not structured to form a progressive course or formal training in Mindfulness, and they do not, in and of themselves, constitute a "Mindfulness-Based" therapy (such as MBSR or MBCT). Our Group publishes and promotes full details of the formal, structured classes and courses in Mindfulness and "Mindfulness-Based" therapies that are available in Nottingham and the wider East Midlands - please ask us for a free copy of this information if it would be of interest to you.
Mindfulness and other forms of meditation are safe and appropriate practices for the vast majority of people and they are proven to offer a wide range of benefits, including the lowering of stress and deep levels of relaxation. Current research indicates that all forms of meditation (including Mindfulness) may be unwise for people with bipolar vulnerability or those who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) unless it is undertaken with medical supervision. If you are currently receiving treatment for any form of mental health issue (or have received such treatment in the recent past, or have reason to believe that you might need such treatment), you should consult your doctor or health care professional before engaging with Mindfulness or any form of meditation.

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Regular Weekly Meeting

Sobar

We meet each week - usually on a Thursday evening - to learn about Mindfulness and to explore Mindfulness techniques, particularly different methods of Mindfulness meditation. These weekly meetings contain a mix of different elements - all of which are designed to deepen our understanding and experience of Mindfulness in a gentle, uncomplicated and easy-to-understand way. Our meetings include occasional talks from guest speakers, film or video presentations about Mindfulness and practical exercises that can help us to live in a Mindful way. Every week there is a period of group meditation that forms a key part of the evening, providing direct, practical experience of Mindful meditation - plus there's opportunity to socialise with other group members over refreshments, making it a fun social evening too! The atmosphere is very friendly, relaxed and informal - you'll get to meet a great bunch of interesting people, and new faces are very welcome. We meet at 7pm and the meeting runs through to approximately 8.30pm. To help cover room hire and other costs, there is an admission charge of £5 (waged) and £3 (unwaged). Tea, juice and biscuits are provided for FREE, and other hot and cold drinks (including latte, cappuccino, sodas and herbal teas) can be purchased at the counter. Full details of this week's meeting will follow shortly - watch this space! About the Venue: SoBar is a pleasant, contemporary cafe-bar-restaurant that is also the venue for our other regular meetings. It's alcohol free. It is very centrally located in the Nottingham city centre, just a two minute walk along Friar Lane from the Old Market Square (which is the hub of the Nottingham city centre, for those who aren't too familiar with the city). It's close to bus and tram stops, and it is a short walk from the rail station. There is convenient parking nearby, including on street parking for just £1 in the metre for the whole evening after 6pm (located in Castle Rd, off Castle Boulevard). Please Note: Our meetings are designed to share information about Mindfulness and to offer the opportunity to experience and practice Mindful meditation. Our meetings are not structured to form a progressive course or formal training in Mindfulness, and they do not, in and of themselves, constitute a "Mindfulness-Based" therapy (such as MBSR or MBCT). Our Group publishes and promotes full details of the formal classes and courses in Mindfulness and "Mindfulness-Based" therapies that are available in Nottingham and the wider East Midlands - please ask us for a free copy of this information if it would be of interest to you. Mindfulness and other forms of meditation are safe and appropriate practices for the vast majority of people and they are proven to offer a wide range of benefits, including the lowering of stress and deep levels of relaxation. Current research indicates that all forms of meditation (including Mindfulness) may be unwise for people with bipolar vulnerability or those who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). If you are currently receiving treatment for any form of mental health issue (or have received such treatment in the recent past, or have reason to believe that you might need such treatment), you should consult your doctor or health care professional before engaging with Mindfulness or any form of meditation. The organiser of this event, Shaun, also runs GreenSpirit Notts, Derby & Leicester which is another group here on MeetUp.com that might be of interest to you. To see its page just Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/GreenSpirit-Notts-Derby-Leicester-Spirituality-Action/)

ONLINE - Meditation With Following (online) Social

For the time being these meetings will be taking place ONLINE. Please RSVP to receive a link to join the meeting. The online meetings use webinar technology that makes them fully interactive, so they're still a very friendly, human and welcoming live experience. (You don't need a special app or any special software to participate in our online activities, you just need to be at a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone that has internet access.) General: These Saturday meetings are a simple, informal opportunity for some of us to meet up in a very casual and relaxed way at the weekend - to share in a short period of guided group meditation (approximately 20 minutes long) and to then just mix with each other socially and chat and chill-out over coffee (or tea, or juice, or cake... whatever takes your fancy!). So these gentle and friendly sessions are a great way to get to know other members of the Group, and they provide an ideal opportunity to just "hang-out" and unwind in the company of a bunch of likeminded people. Usually, these gatherings are fairly small (probably just 5 to 12 people or so), and so they are a really good way of getting to know other members of the group in an easy and comfortable way. (They are therefore also a really good way to meet new people and to make new friends!) The atmosphere is very "open", welcoming and friendly. There's no formalities - and there's no pressure to attend: people are free to just come along if they fancy a bit of guided meditation and/or a chance to socialise with other Group members... or even if they just happen to be at "a loose end" on that particular afternoon and are looking for a pleasant way to spend some time! Everyone is welcome, and new members (or anyone who is thinking of joining the Nottingham Mindfulness Group) are particularly welcome to come along. These meetings take place in the UPSTAIRS space at Cafe Sobar - so just turn up, get yourself a hot or cold drink at the counter in the main cafe area on the ground floor, and then come up and join us. (Please note that the upstairs space is reached via a light, spacious and airy flight of 14 stairs that is located through the door directly facing the main entrance of Cafe Sobar. Unfortunately there is no lift. Please feel free to ask the cafe staff for directions. Also note that any refreshments purchased at the cafe counter on Saturdays will be at the full menu price - the free tea and other free refreshments available at our Thursday evening meetings are not available on Saturdays.) There is a small admission charge to this meeting of just £1 (to help cover room hire costs, etc). Often a selection of Mindfulness related books and publications will is on-hand to read and browse through (these are not for sale). If you can, please RSVP if you are planning on coming, as it's helpful for us to have an idea of numbers each week. (Although please don't feel that you can't just turn up or come along spontaneously if you have a last minute change of plan, because you most certainly can!) About the Venue: SoBar is a pleasant, contemporary cafe-bar-restaurant that is also the venue for our regular Thursday night meetings. It's alcohol free. It is very centrally located in the Nottingham city centre, just a two minute walk along Friar Lane from the Old Market Square (which is the hub of the Nottingham city centre, for those who aren't too familiar with the city). It's close to bus and tram stops, and it is a short walk from the rail station. There is parking nearby.

Regular Weekly Meeting

Sobar

We meet each week on Thursday evening to learn about Mindfulness and to explore Mindfulness techniques, particularly different methods of Mindfulness meditation. These weekly meetings contain a mix of different elements - all of which are designed to deepen our understanding and experience of Mindfulness in a gentle, uncomplicated and easy-to-understand way. Our meetings include occasional talks from guest speakers, film or video presentations about Mindfulness and practical exercises that can help us to live in a Mindful way. Every week there is a period of group meditation that forms a key part of the evening, providing direct, practical experience of Mindful meditation - plus there's opportunity to socialise with other group members over refreshments, making it a fun social evening too! The atmosphere is very friendly, relaxed and informal - you'll get to meet a great bunch of interesting people, and new faces are very welcome. We meet at 7pm and the meeting runs through to approximately 8.30pm. To help cover room hire and other costs, there is an admission charge of £5 (waged) and £3 (unwaged). Tea, juice and biscuits are provided for FREE, and other hot and cold drinks (including latte, cappuccino, sodas and herbal teas) can be purchased at the counter. Full details of this week's meeting will follow shortly - watch this space! About the Venue: SoBar is a pleasant, contemporary cafe-bar-restaurant that is also the venue for our other regular meetings. It's alcohol free. It is very centrally located in the Nottingham city centre, just a two minute walk along Friar Lane from the Old Market Square (which is the hub of the Nottingham city centre, for those who aren't too familiar with the city). It's close to bus and tram stops, and it is a short walk from the rail station. There is convenient parking nearby, including on street parking for just £1 in the metre for the whole evening after 6pm (located in Castle Rd, off Castle Boulevard). Please Note: Our meetings are designed to share information about Mindfulness and to offer the opportunity to experience and practice Mindful meditation. Our meetings are not structured to form a progressive course or formal training in Mindfulness, and they do not, in and of themselves, constitute a "Mindfulness-Based" therapy (such as MBSR or MBCT). Our Group publishes and promotes full details of the formal classes and courses in Mindfulness and "Mindfulness-Based" therapies that are available in Nottingham and the wider East Midlands - please ask us for a free copy of this information if it would be of interest to you. Mindfulness and other forms of meditation are safe and appropriate practices for the vast majority of people and they are proven to offer a wide range of benefits, including the lowering of stress and deep levels of relaxation. Current research indicates that all forms of meditation (including Mindfulness) may be unwise for people with bipolar vulnerability or those who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). If you are currently receiving treatment for any form of mental health issue (or have received such treatment in the recent past, or have reason to believe that you might need such treatment), you should consult your doctor or health care professional before engaging with Mindfulness or any form of meditation. The organiser of this event, Shaun, also runs GreenSpirit Notts, Derby & Leicester which is another group here on MeetUp.com that might be of interest to you. To see its page just Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/GreenSpirit-Notts-Derby-Leicester-Spirituality-Action/)

ONLINE - Meditation With Following (online) Social

For the time being these meetings will be taking place ONLINE. Please RSVP to receive a link to join the meeting. The online meetings use webinar technology that makes them fully interactive, so they're still a very friendly, human and welcoming live experience. (You don't need a special app or any special software to participate in our online activities, you just need to be at a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone that has internet access.) General: These Saturday meetings are a simple, informal opportunity for some of us to meet up in a very casual and relaxed way at the weekend - to share in a short period of guided group meditation (approximately 20 minutes long) and to then just mix with each other socially and chat and chill-out over coffee (or tea, or juice, or cake... whatever takes your fancy!). So these gentle and friendly sessions are a great way to get to know other members of the Group, and they provide an ideal opportunity to just "hang-out" and unwind in the company of a bunch of likeminded people. Usually, these gatherings are fairly small (probably just 5 to 12 people or so), and so they are a really good way of getting to know other members of the group in an easy and comfortable way. (They are therefore also a really good way to meet new people and to make new friends!) The atmosphere is very "open", welcoming and friendly. There's no formalities - and there's no pressure to attend: people are free to just come along if they fancy a bit of guided meditation and/or a chance to socialise with other Group members... or even if they just happen to be at "a loose end" on that particular afternoon and are looking for a pleasant way to spend some time! Everyone is welcome, and new members (or anyone who is thinking of joining the Nottingham Mindfulness Group) are particularly welcome to come along. These meetings take place in the UPSTAIRS space at Cafe Sobar - so just turn up, get yourself a hot or cold drink at the counter in the main cafe area on the ground floor, and then come up and join us. (Please note that the upstairs space is reached via a light, spacious and airy flight of 14 stairs that is located through the door directly facing the main entrance of Cafe Sobar. Unfortunately there is no lift. Please feel free to ask the cafe staff for directions. Also note that any refreshments purchased at the cafe counter on Saturdays will be at the full menu price - the free tea and other free refreshments available at our Thursday evening meetings are not available on Saturdays.) There is a small admission charge to this meeting of just £1 (to help cover room hire costs, etc). Often a selection of Mindfulness related books and publications will is on-hand to read and browse through (these are not for sale). If you can, please RSVP if you are planning on coming, as it's helpful for us to have an idea of numbers each week. (Although please don't feel that you can't just turn up or come along spontaneously if you have a last minute change of plan, because you most certainly can!) About the Venue: SoBar is a pleasant, contemporary cafe-bar-restaurant that is also the venue for our regular Thursday night meetings. It's alcohol free. It is very centrally located in the Nottingham city centre, just a two minute walk along Friar Lane from the Old Market Square (which is the hub of the Nottingham city centre, for those who aren't too familiar with the city). It's close to bus and tram stops, and it is a short walk from the rail station. There is parking nearby.

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