11th - Mindfulness drop-in
For some people, the church can be a bit like a Tardis: it’s much bigger on the inside than it appears to be from the outside. We know our particular church building, squeezed between York Road and Mount Hermon Road in Woking, is a bit like that. It’s almost invisible from the road but, for those who step inside, there is a whole community which comes together, worships together, supports each other and serves our wider community.
In this series for Advent we want to open some windows so everyone can see a bit more of who we are and what goes on in a church like ours.
In the last few years I have found practicing mindfulness very helpful in many areas of my life. I wanted to share this with others so I have trained as a mindfulness teacher - for my work as a psychologist in the NHS and to be able to offer this in other settings. I love seeing how others are using it. For example, Helen, who comes along to the mindfulness drop in sessions at St Marys says "to sit and clear my thoughts, focussing on my breathing or a small object, is so restorative. The clutter settles, my mind is still active, but is calmer because my thoughts are centred around one thing, not darting all over, achieving nothing. And so I relax and feel peaceful. It is never perfect – my mind is used to flitting and I have to pull it back frequently – but I feel an inner well-being, refreshed and equipped to go back into my normal life."
This is an invitation to give yourself the gift of time. We hold a Mindfulness drop-in session on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. 8.15-9.15pm. All are welcome and no previous experience of mindfulness is needed.
I did grow up in Woking and I came to SMOB (and faith) when I was invited by a friend to the youth group. That was back in 1971 so I've been hanging around for a while.