Mindfulness – Our new class in Barrow

on Wednesday, 06 March 2019. Posted in Blog

Thea's Wellbeing Blog

Read more about what mindfulness is, our new class starting Wednesday, March 13th in Barrow. 

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What is it?

You may have encountered the word ‘mindfulness’ before, or even seen CancerCare mention it, but what actually is it?

Mindfulness is a type of basic meditation, with the main aim of helping people be more present and in the moment. It is done by having an awareness of what is happening for you both internally and externally, moment to moment. The idea is not to be critical of yourself or the thoughts that pop into your head.

Instead, you learn to sit with your thoughts and accept that they will come and go. By being more aware of how you feel in the present, and how the emotions and thoughts you have are temporary, you may find that you are able to cope with negative thoughts and emotions more easily.

How do I get started?

There is plenty of classes, apps and articles that can guide you through mindfulness which you may consider.

We currently have a Mindfulness class starting March 13th at Trinity Church Centre Barrow, Wednesdays from 5.30-7pm. The course runs for 6 weeks and would guide you through Mindfulness.

Booking is required, so to reserve your place contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01229 836 926.

However, if you would feel more comfortable doing it without guidance on your own, that’s okay too!

The general idea is:

1st: Find a place to sit, stand or lie where you feel you are able to concentrate on your mindfulness practice

2nd: Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. You don’t need to do anything fancy, just focus on your breathing and how it feels to breathe.

3rd: As you continue breathing, be aware of your surroundings – what can you smell, how you’re your body feel in the position it is in?

4th: As you become aware of your breathing and surroundings, thoughts will pop into your head. This is fine, and completely normal. Your mindfulness practice your aim is to try and accept the thoughts and feelings you encounter, rather than struggle with them.

That’s all! Mindfulness is a skill, and it may take some time getting used to the feeling. As you are training yourself to change how you interact with your thoughts, it is a good idea to practice regularly if you can.

Where do I do it, and when?

The good thing about mindfulness is that you can practice it when, where and however you feel comfortable. When people think of meditation, they often think of being cross-legged somewhere extremely calm and peaceful. However, you don’t need to be sitting, and where you choose to practice is up to you. You could choose to do it in bed lying down just before you sleep, or on the bus to work – you can choose however works for you.

Hope you all have a great week!

Thea x