Monday, 30 March 2015

"Mindfulness" in April

Our next meeting will be on ‘Mindfulness’. The 9th April 7.30pm at the White Rock Hotel

Mindfulness Debates

One of the many definitions of Mindfulness is “Bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis
(Marlatt & Kristeller 1999). It brings together some of the techniques of Yoga and Buddhism and promotes the benefits of stilling your mind of the clutter and noise that dominate our busy modern lives.

On the other hand

The brain is only 3% of the body’s mass, but uses up 20% of its energy.  Over 80% of the brains activity is ‘sub-conscious’ ie things that we happily delegate to automatic processes (like breathing and putting on our socks) which is an efficient use of our brain and leaves us free to focus our conscious endeavor on things that really matter.

So plenty of things to discuss.

The Introduction to Mindfulness will be given by Jessica Milton who spent last summer in a Chinese Buddhist Monastery leading a Monastic life and is studying some of these issues as part of her degree course in Philosophy.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Headstrong Evening

Our next get-together will be a general discussion of whatever subjects those present want to raise. This may be something in the news, or anything that's bothering you, or that you would like to bring to attention of other members. Stephen suggests bring your favourite quotation if you have one.

Meeting is at White Rock Hotel 7:30pm-9:30pm as usual on Thursday 12 March.