Ever felt like the world is just going too fast? Is there always too much to do and too little time? Well, (how do I explain it, this might be awkward …) perhaps you need some time-out. I know, for so many of us busy people, the last thing we can contemplate is spending time breathing, taking time for ourselves – that’s way too indulgent and what good does it do anyway, that’s not going to solve any problems. Hang on a minute … “time breathing”? How hard can that be? I’m going to breathe anyway, because if I don’t, then I’m really not going to get everything done.
Breathing. Yes, it’s strange, for most of us, breathing is one of those things which we just let our bodies get on with. But for over a year now, some folks in St Mark’s have been finding out about breathing Mindfully. Sitting, focussing on our breath and parking our worries and problems just for a few minutes. And gradually, our busy, busy minds take a break, take a breather and we are refreshed to carry on with all the stuff of life.
It’s not rocket science. People have known about Mindfulness for millennia. Some people might call it a form of prayer, a way of being still and letting God get a word in edgeways. For others it’s a technique which helps them de-stress. For still others again, it does nothing and it’s just a load of people sitting in a room breathing – what’s so special about that. Ah, but … what about you? Does it work for you? Would you like to give it a go?
We hold drop-in Mindfulness sessions once a month at St Mark’s. 9.30 am on (usually) the first Monday of the month. At the moment, they are led by Suzette Jones, the Diocesan Health and Well-being Adviser. Check out the weekly notice sheets and look for the notices up around our churches, or e-mail me if you would like to go on our mailing list. The next sessions are Monday, 7 December and 4 January 2016.