FOLLOWING RECENT GUIDELINES FOR GROUP MEETINGS ON ZOOM WE HAVE ADDED A PASSWORD THAT YOU NEED TO ENTER PRIOR TO JOINING THE CLASS. PLEASE SEND ME A TXT 0N 085-7867809 OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org WITH YOUR NAME AND REASON FOR JOINING THE CLASS AND I WILL FORWARD YOU THE PASSWORD.
IF YOU ARE STRUGLING WITH YOUR MENTAL HEALTH OR IN NEED OF SUPPORT PLEASE CONTACT SAMARITANS ON 116 123. IT IS FREE!
Due to the hard times we are facing right now, I have decided to put together a platform where we could all meet up every morning starting on Monday 23rd March at 8am to practice together mindfulness and open the mic to those who want to share a bit about their experiences of the practice. The intention is not only to alleviate anxiety, fear, worry, but also as a way of starting a nice daily routine, where we will be meeting and practising together at 8am and then putting what we have learned into practice through the day. Isolation and loneliness are known to be detrimental to our mental health, by connecting online we can positively impact our mental health by way of feeling connected with other fellow human beings, sharing our common humanity regarding our current situation, and in doing so ripening the amazing effects of feeling connected even when far away pyshically. The link will be at the bottom of this message. Please make sure to download Zoom in your phone BEFORE the session begins. You can join in after it starts too. The practice will be for 30 minutes every day and I will open the space for us to chat for 20 mins. You are more than welcome to share this link with your family and friends. There will be no cost for those taking part,but I will be immensely thankful if you could please donate to Jampa Ling various charitable work if you can. I will put a link below. I truly hope to reach as many people as possible so they too can benefit from a calmer, wiser, happier, kinder, compassionate, joyful and sharper mind.
A big immense heartfelt hug to you all. Please keep yourselves safe!
Kindest regards, Kati Simpson
PS: So many kind mindfulness teachers have agreed in sharing their wisdom, kindness, compassion and joy too. I will be introducing them to you and the dates that they will be teaching below.
ALL ONLINE CLASSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE. HOWEVER IF YOU COULD PLEASE DONATE TO JAMPA LING VARIOUS CHARITABLE PROJECTS I WOULD BE IMMENSELY THANKFUL. FOR DONATIONS PLEASE CLICK HERE
Resources from the Live Mindfulness Sessions
HOW TO HELP MY MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?
DAILY ROUTINE FOR GOOD MENTAL HEALTH In order to safeguard or mental welbeing may we all maintain a healthy daily routine by putting together a daily schedule which includes:
Waking up and sleeping around the same time. Fresh air for 30 mins (even if this means open up the window and breathing fresh air or sitting in the balcony) Exercising and research has shown that Yoga has a multitude of healing benefits ( Download an app such as Down Dog App free of charge or Yoga with Adriene on youtube) Mindfulness (log in at 8am to our live online mindfulness class on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/8708664962 Have at least one meal together with family members or even try to have a meal online with others who are feeling lonely too . Have an hour of concetration time (mindfulness, jigsaw, reading, listening to an audiobook - blinklist is giving free access due to COVID-19) Have an hour of creative time (painting, drawing, singing, dancing, cooking, etc). Keep up with tasks and make a list of tasks for the day (housework, gardening, updating CV, etc). And More importantly CONNECTING with others. Make time for Online video conference, ringing, writting, etc. If you have nobody to connect with please join us here at 8AM Weekdays and 11AM Saturdays https://zoom.us/j/8708664962
Contact for our AMAZING volunteers Stephen Downey - www.facebook.com/OurMindfulMoments My company is called Our Mindful Moments. I guide people to see the ExtraOrdinary in their Ordinary. Appreciating the little Moments in life, so you can live a fulfilled life, one Mindful Moment at a time.
THICH NHAT HANH "Whe the crowded vietnamese refuge boats met with storms or pirates, if everyone panicked, all would be lost. But if even one person on the boat remained calm and centered, it was enough. It showed the way for everyone to survive."
THE GUEST HOUSE This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. — Jellaludin Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks
WALK SLOWLY It only takes a reminder to breathe, a moment to be still, and just like that, something in me settles, softens, makes space for imperfection. The harsh voice of judgment drops to a whisper and I remember again that life isn’t a relay race; that we will all cross the finish line; that waking up to life is what we were born for.
The JourneyOne day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice- though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. "Mend my life!" each voice cried. But you didn't stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible. It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do-- determined to save the only life you could save. By Mary Oliver