Bernard Hall, Cuddington
St Mary's Church
By Ed Rowe - 24th June 2013 10:00pm
A new meditation group in Haddenham is now inviting people to become mindful. The group meets every Wednesday at 8:15 pm at members' houses to take part in an hour of meditation and reflection. All are welcome — just contact Ed on the number below.
Mindfulness is a hot topic in the media, with scientific research showing many benefits such as coping better with stress, greater levels of happiness, and improved memory and thinking. The technique has even been discussed at No 10 Downing Street.
But what is mindfulness? Given its association with Eastern religions, readers might be forgiven for thinking that they need to turn up in orange robes and walk around in a haze of incense.
Actually, mindfulness is above all a highly practical and successful method for training the mind, learning to live in the present, and coping better with the strains and stresses of everyday living. People who take up mindfulness, especially when they can commit to a regular practice, report a greater sense of calm and more happiness in their lives. The fact that mindfulness has been around for so long is a testament to the fact that it works.
The facilitators of the mindfulness group are Ed Rowe and Alex Kruger. Ed, who has meditated for a number of years with groups such as Oxford Gaia House says, "This is about offering local people the opportunity to practice mindfulness locally, but also with the intention of creating a friendly, supportive community of like-minded individuals".
The new group is open to beginners or experienced meditators, to the religious (of any affiliation) or atheists, and there is no need for expensive equipment — though a suitable cushion or Yoga stool may be helpful.
If interested, just let Ed Rowe know on (07973 934 311) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to turn up. If you haven't meditated before, a short session of instruction can be arranged. There is no charge.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Chiltern Railways has advised customers travelling on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of October that there will be engineering works taking place between London Marylebone and Bicester.As a result, the line will be closed at various points and all journeys on Chiltern Railways services will be affected.Some late-night trains on Friday 18th October will also be impacted, with the 00:20...
On Tuesday 12th November Haddenham resident and leading economic historian and author, Sir Roderick Floud, will be marking the publication of his book 'An Economic History of the English Garden' with an illustrated talk "Legacies of English Gardens: Lakes, Central Heating and the Shard."The technologies of dam-building, of central heating and of metal and glass buildings all...
Preparations are well underway for the Haddenham Winterfest on 14th December from 12 noon until 6pm. As always, we are looking for volunteers. We will need help to serve Beer, Lager, Cider, Mulled wine, Gin and Soft drinks. We will also need help Setting up on Thursday and Friday and of course, Clearing up on Sunday morning. If you're able to help out for a couple of hours, please...