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Regular Weekly Meeting - Find Peace, Calm & Freedom From Painful Thinking
This week at our Thursday Mindfulness Meeting we'll be exploring the scientifically proven ways in which Mindfulness can help us all to find greater peace, inner-calm and a personal liberation from the torment of negative and painful thinking - even amidst the pressures, stresses and frantic pace of modern life and its commitments (and even when we're surrounded by difficult and irritating people and situations!). For full details about this week's meeting, scroll down... 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. * * * Details of this week's meeting * * * This week at our Thursday Mindfulness Meeting we'll be exploring the scientifically proven ways in which Mindfulness can help us all to find greater peace, inner-calm and a personal liberation from the torment of negative and painful thinking - even amidst the pressures, stresses and frantic pace of modern life and its commitments (and even when we're surrounded by difficult and irritating people and situations!). And we'll be looking at this hugely important topic with the help of three leading authorities in the fields of meditation, personal development, and the scientific approach to inner transformation - Shannon Paige (an internationally renowned meditation teacher and yoga instructor, who's also an acclaimed public speaker, educator and writer on the subject of personal development), Shauna Shapiro (a prominent Neuroscientist and top Clinical Psychologist as well as being a celebrated Mindfulness teacher) and Kristin Neff (a leading scientific researcher into the subject of compassion (including self-compassion) and the ways that it can be used to change our experience of life in significant and positive ways). In the course of this week's meeting, Shannon, Shauna and Kristin will share their expertise and insight with us in three short but hugely inspiring video lessons, plus we'll try out some simple techniques, given in the course of their teaching, that can be used anywhere and at any time to step into Mindfulness quickly and easily, thereby giving us the instant ability to step away from stress and difficulty. In addition, we'll join together in some periods of guided meditation narrated by Shauna and Kristin, and the evening will include the opportunity to chat and get to know other Group members over refreshments during the coffee break! So come along and join us for a fantastic evening of Mindfulness in the company of a great bunch of likeminded people....

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22 Friar Lane (just off the Old Market Square) · Nottingham

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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