I’ve been interested in Mindfulness for quite a while now and so when a free seminar on Mindfulness for pain & illness popped up at London Mindful I was all over it.
I normally find their courses way out of my price range so I was pleasantly surprised that this was free and online. It was on a Wednesday evening so I could even partake from the safety of my duvet with a cup of tea!
I’ve had lots of problems with my health over the years but this year has probably been one of the hardest. With a bad neck & back being a standard for me, adding in a slipped disc which refuses to heal and ribs that are popping out in my sleep I’ve been dealing with quite a bit of pain lately. I’ve been researching quite a lot about how mindfulness can help with managing pain so I was really keen to try this out.
The course was online on a webchat, where all participants take part through a webcam and mic. The tutor talked us through the background of pain, and what it can do to our bodies. It was really interesting to hear the impact of chronic pain. She then went through some interesting information about how mindfulness can help with this (which I loved as I’m all about helping pain!) She also talked us through several meditations which were so good. I always find that the approach of a person talking you through the meditations is so important and the tutor’s approach was just right. Plus, the team at London Mindful are amazing and so helpful when my computer decided to crash at just the wrong moment!
I came out of the session feeling so calm, and like I had really given my brain a break. (Plus I had taped bake off for when I had finished so it was the perfect evening really! Who is everyone’s favourites?!)
I’m going to do a bit more research on a book the tutor suggested buying which was called Mindfulness for Health and contains an 8 week mindfulness course. I love the concept of mindfulness and being present in the current moment, rather than worrying about the past or future so I think applying this to my health would be perfect!
If anyone knows of any mindfulness classes (in person or online!) that are on the more affordable end of the spectrum please do let me know as I’d be so interested in getting involved 🙂