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Welcome to the online meditation group for gay and bi men.

Whilst it's not possible to meet in person I'll be running classes using Zoom. This will offer a chance to stay connected and benefit from meditating as a group.

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Gay, Bi, Trans Men's Mindfulness Meditation Group in London

This online session helps with stress and worry and supports you in cultivating a sense of well being and ease through guiding you in some simple breathing exercises and contemplations No previous experience is needed. This approach to meditation is not focused on stopping thoughts but invites you to find peace, ease and strength within the flow of thoughts. Join around 20 men for a mix of guided meditations and discussion groups of 2 or 3 people. The evening starts with a Tai Chi session to help arrive in our body, then a guided mindfulness meditation. After a short break I introduce the theme for the evening and participants break into smaller groups to discuss. We then finish with a self-care practice. To join the session message me and I'll send you the joining links The evening is free for those on limited income, with a suggested fee of: £15 full price £12 reduced £8 concession _____________________________________________________________________________________ HOW DOES MINDFULNESS HELP WITH A BUSY MIND? Mindful awareness of physical sensations and the breath facilitates a shift from the default network to the direct experience network. When the default network is active we are caught up in thoughts about our life, worries and plans: the brain is telling the story of ourself. As we meditate we're not trying to stop thoughts as this is impossible, but by bringing attention to sensations it initiates the 'direct experience network' which reduces mental activity. When the direct experience network is activated you’re no longer thinking about the story of your life but you’re in the present moment through being more alert to your senses and this can train your attention to be in this state outside of the meditation - feeling the breeze on your face or hearing bird song in a park instead of being lost in thought and worry. As we meditate there may be a sense of ease and tranquility that arises without any effort. If this is your experience you'll be invited to rest deeper into this. If you find more difficult emotions presenting themselves - worry, anxiety, fear etc - there will be instructions on how to turn towards these and meet them. There really isn't a right or wrong way to feel during the meditation. So you can't get it wrong! In meditation we're not trying to fight or suppress what is there, but turn a kind attention from our heart to meet whatever is arising. These difficult emotions are like children who have come in out of a storm asking to be given some kind attention and, paradoxically, we may find the peace we want by turning to face the things we wish to get rid of! Mindful attention is a bit like learning to step into the eye of the tornado. In the centre it is calm whilst all around the winds are whirling. The more you can centre yourself the better able you will be to face the storm and not be pulled into it. As my teacher used to say "mindfulness is about building a container that can hold the chaos of our lives and minds" - the stronger we make that container, the more we can hold without feeling overwhelmed.

Gay, Bi, Trans Men's Mindfulness Meditation Group in London

This online session helps with stress and worry and supports you in cultivating a sense of well being and ease through guiding you in some simple breathing exercises and contemplations No previous experience is needed. This approach to meditation is not focused on stopping thoughts but invites you to find peace, ease and strength within the flow of thoughts. Join around 20 men for a mix of guided meditations and discussion groups of 2 or 3 people. The evening starts with a Tai Chi session to help arrive in our body, then a guided mindfulness meditation. After a short break I introduce the theme for the evening and participants break into smaller groups to discuss. We then finish with a self-care practice. To join the session message me and I'll send you the joining links The evening is free for those on limited income, with a suggested fee of: £15 full price £12 reduced £8 concession _____________________________________________________________________________________ HOW DOES MINDFULNESS HELP WITH A BUSY MIND? Mindful awareness of physical sensations and the breath facilitates a shift from the default network to the direct experience network. When the default network is active we are caught up in thoughts about our life, worries and plans: the brain is telling the story of ourself. As we meditate we're not trying to stop thoughts as this is impossible, but by bringing attention to sensations it initiates the 'direct experience network' which reduces mental activity. When the direct experience network is activated you’re no longer thinking about the story of your life but you’re in the present moment through being more alert to your senses and this can train your attention to be in this state outside of the meditation - feeling the breeze on your face or hearing bird song in a park instead of being lost in thought and worry. As we meditate there may be a sense of ease and tranquility that arises without any effort. If this is your experience you'll be invited to rest deeper into this. If you find more difficult emotions presenting themselves - worry, anxiety, fear etc - there will be instructions on how to turn towards these and meet them. There really isn't a right or wrong way to feel during the meditation. So you can't get it wrong! In meditation we're not trying to fight or suppress what is there, but turn a kind attention from our heart to meet whatever is arising. These difficult emotions are like children who have come in out of a storm asking to be given some kind attention and, paradoxically, we may find the peace we want by turning to face the things we wish to get rid of! Mindful attention is a bit like learning to step into the eye of the tornado. In the centre it is calm whilst all around the winds are whirling. The more you can centre yourself the better able you will be to face the storm and not be pulled into it. As my teacher used to say "mindfulness is about building a container that can hold the chaos of our lives and minds" - the stronger we make that container, the more we can hold without feeling overwhelmed.

Gay, Bi, Trans Men's Mindfulness Meditation Group in London

This online session helps with stress and worry and supports you in cultivating a sense of well being and ease through guiding you in some simple breathing exercises and contemplations No previous experience is needed. This approach to meditation is not focused on stopping thoughts but invites you to find peace, ease and strength within the flow of thoughts. Join around 20 men for a mix of guided meditations and discussion groups of 2 or 3 people. The evening starts with a Tai Chi session to help arrive in our body, then a guided mindfulness meditation. After a short break I introduce the theme for the evening and participants break into smaller groups to discuss. We then finish with a self-care practice. To join the session message me and I'll send you the joining links The evening is free for those on limited income, with a suggested fee of: £15 full price £12 reduced £8 concession _____________________________________________________________________________________ HOW DOES MINDFULNESS HELP WITH A BUSY MIND? Mindful awareness of physical sensations and the breath facilitates a shift from the default network to the direct experience network. When the default network is active we are caught up in thoughts about our life, worries and plans: the brain is telling the story of ourself. As we meditate we're not trying to stop thoughts as this is impossible, but by bringing attention to sensations it initiates the 'direct experience network' which reduces mental activity. When the direct experience network is activated you’re no longer thinking about the story of your life but you’re in the present moment through being more alert to your senses and this can train your attention to be in this state outside of the meditation - feeling the breeze on your face or hearing bird song in a park instead of being lost in thought and worry. As we meditate there may be a sense of ease and tranquility that arises without any effort. If this is your experience you'll be invited to rest deeper into this. If you find more difficult emotions presenting themselves - worry, anxiety, fear etc - there will be instructions on how to turn towards these and meet them. There really isn't a right or wrong way to feel during the meditation. So you can't get it wrong! In meditation we're not trying to fight or suppress what is there, but turn a kind attention from our heart to meet whatever is arising. These difficult emotions are like children who have come in out of a storm asking to be given some kind attention and, paradoxically, we may find the peace we want by turning to face the things we wish to get rid of! Mindful attention is a bit like learning to step into the eye of the tornado. In the centre it is calm whilst all around the winds are whirling. The more you can centre yourself the better able you will be to face the storm and not be pulled into it. As my teacher used to say "mindfulness is about building a container that can hold the chaos of our lives and minds" - the stronger we make that container, the more we can hold without feeling overwhelmed.

Gay, Bi, Trans Men's Mindfulness Meditation Group in London

This online session helps with stress and worry and supports you in cultivating a sense of well being and ease through guiding you in some simple breathing exercises and contemplations No previous experience is needed. This approach to meditation is not focused on stopping thoughts but invites you to find peace, ease and strength within the flow of thoughts. Join around 20 men for a mix of guided meditations and discussion groups of 2 or 3 people. The evening starts with a Tai Chi session to help arrive in our body, then a guided mindfulness meditation. After a short break I introduce the theme for the evening and participants break into smaller groups to discuss. We then finish with a self-care practice. To join the session message me and I'll send you the joining links The evening is free for those on limited income, with a suggested fee of: £15 full price £12 reduced £8 concession _____________________________________________________________________________________ HOW DOES MINDFULNESS HELP WITH A BUSY MIND? Mindful awareness of physical sensations and the breath facilitates a shift from the default network to the direct experience network. When the default network is active we are caught up in thoughts about our life, worries and plans: the brain is telling the story of ourself. As we meditate we're not trying to stop thoughts as this is impossible, but by bringing attention to sensations it initiates the 'direct experience network' which reduces mental activity. When the direct experience network is activated you’re no longer thinking about the story of your life but you’re in the present moment through being more alert to your senses and this can train your attention to be in this state outside of the meditation - feeling the breeze on your face or hearing bird song in a park instead of being lost in thought and worry. As we meditate there may be a sense of ease and tranquility that arises without any effort. If this is your experience you'll be invited to rest deeper into this. If you find more difficult emotions presenting themselves - worry, anxiety, fear etc - there will be instructions on how to turn towards these and meet them. There really isn't a right or wrong way to feel during the meditation. So you can't get it wrong! In meditation we're not trying to fight or suppress what is there, but turn a kind attention from our heart to meet whatever is arising. These difficult emotions are like children who have come in out of a storm asking to be given some kind attention and, paradoxically, we may find the peace we want by turning to face the things we wish to get rid of! Mindful attention is a bit like learning to step into the eye of the tornado. In the centre it is calm whilst all around the winds are whirling. The more you can centre yourself the better able you will be to face the storm and not be pulled into it. As my teacher used to say "mindfulness is about building a container that can hold the chaos of our lives and minds" - the stronger we make that container, the more we can hold without feeling overwhelmed.

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