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Overcoming Overthinking with Mindfulness

 

A Swirl Live event 25th September, Newcastle upon Tyne

I’m delighted to be offering an introduction to mindfulness practice  together with Andy Walton, Founder of Swirl, on 25th September. Details as follows:

Tuning into your breath and focusing your attention is a key first step to overcoming a distressing level of overthinking. Mindfulness is a technique that can strengthen this ability. A practice aimed at using your senses to ground yourself into the here and now. Yet, it’s a practice that takes discipline, perseverance and patience and it’s not a quick fix.

Join Swirl as we take you through key approaches to effective practice, discussing common barriers, busting myths and providing clarity on how it works. The session is led by Gwennie Fraser, a mindfulness teacher with over 25 years of experience and Andy Walton, Community Mental Health Nurse and Swirl Founder.

The session includes takeaway copies of the Swirl Guide to overcoming overthinking to ensure participants build on what they have learnt and continue an empowered outlook.

Capacity — 10 participants

Price £15 (£13.50 for Swirl Members)

Date: Wednesday 25th September, 2019

Time: 7–9pm

Venue: Tyneside Cinema, The Headspace Room, 10 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG

Contact: andy.walton@swirlzine.com for further information.

About Swirl:

Swirl is an outlet for those wishing to overcome overthinking in positive, proactive and practical ways. We provide evidence-based, uncomplicated and empowering guidance through vibrant, artful print and thoughtful real-life conversations.

Swirl is a project led by a transatlantic, multi-disciplinary team with lived experiences of anxiety. We are a social organisation, aiming to break down barriers and encourage dialogue in spaces not usually entered by mental health-specific services. We create opportunities to engage everyday people proactively in approaches to better manage worry and rumination.

www.swirlzine.com

A Reflection on Personal Practice Mentoring

The following is a post written by a mentee and shared recently with the Mindfulness Network.

For further information about personal practice mentoring:https://www.mindfulness-supervision.org.uk/personal-practice-mentoring/

“I’ve been practising mindfulness since I did my ten-week course with a local Buddhist centre in 2004. I came to mindfulness because I felt a desire in myself to experience life in a new way – a way that was more open to awareness of the experiences of life as they unfolded. Since then, I have undertaken various mindfulness training courses and retreats. In 2016, I completed the distance learning MBSR course with Bangor as a refresher. Afterwards I found it difficult to find people to practise with and so when an opportunity arose to take part in personal practice mentoring I jumped at the chance.

A mentoring session is a very gentle experience and has evolved into its present structure as a result of a dialogue between the mentee and the mentor. My overriding experience of the process is that it is centred around the needs of the person receiving the mentoring. The mentor acts as guide and facilitator and allows the person receiving mentoring to navigate their own course.

Each session is an hour in length and I usually have one session per month, although at times I prefer to have two sessions if I am working through some more complex experiences. We begin with a short check-in to see where I am at and then move into a time of guided meditation. This mediation is always focused on what is most relevant and necessary for me right now and is based upon what I have told the mentor that I would like the session to be. After the meditation, we spend the remainder of the session reflecting on the experience – searching for the nuances at the edges of my experiences. We finish by exploring what might be helpful to me to allow my practice to deepen.

For me, the benefits have been immense. The personal practice mentoring sessions have become an island in an often turbulent and fast flowing river of experience. They have been an opportunity to deepen my practice and to weave it into the fabric of my daily life. Most of all, practice mentoring has been an opportunity to remain engaged with practice in a way that I never could have done alone. My mentor is a person I can trust and whose wisdom and generosity of spirit I deeply value.

I would highly recommend personal practice mentoring to anyone who wishes to deepen practice and integrate it into their daily lives. In short, I’d recommend it to anyone who really wants to live a mindful life.”


Fr Martin Bennett OFM Capuchin is a Capuchin Franciscan Priest, Chaplain, Life Coach and Mindfulness Practitioner.