WIGWAM FORUM 4
with Joe Gamble
Tuesdays 5.00 – 6.00 pm
This is a drop-in session suitable for total beginners as well as for those who have been meditating for some time. Each session will include some teaching, guided meditation and space for reflection and questions.
More about mindfulness
Mindfulness training helps us to become aware of how crucial an effect our thoughts have on our well-being. As we practice, we begin to notice how much time we spend worrying about the future or mulling over the past, sometimes to the extent that we are not even fully present to the pleasant moments in our lives.
The simple mindfulness techniques that we will practice will help you to take one day at a time so that you can focus more easily on the present. With kindness, we will gently practice turning towards challenging emotions and difficult or painful thoughts, thereby strengthening resilience and coping skills.
Mindfulness is a well-researched, non-religious and effective means for reducing stress, alleviating anxiety and promoting emotional well-being. With practice we learn how to live alongside the challenges we may be experiencing rather than suffering from them, making it a vital practice for living with illness and coming to terms with loss and one’s own mortality.
A caring attention to our experience in the present moment
…. thoughts, feelings and sensations
About the teacher
My personal meditation practice began shortly after a diagnosis of cancer of the throat in 2005 and it is core to a healing journey that is still ongoing. I practised initially in the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. When I moved to Oxfordshire in 2010 I trained to teach with Mark Williams and was an Associate Teacher at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre teaching Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy on the public courses and to people living with cancer through the Maggie Centre. I have worked with Yes to Life for 14 years and at the start of the pandemic initiated the launching of Wigwam online. I have always believed in and been passionate about empowering people to find their path to healing.
I am inspired by the belief that we all have the capacity
for immense inner change and to live our lives with kindness and ease.
I follow the Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses published by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations.
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