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  • Could anybody please help me with tips on mindfulness. Thank you, alex

    I understand the basics, but still find my mind wandering off on random, sometimes disturbing thoughts that I don’t want to be having, so I say to myself let the thought pass by. What I’d like to be able, to do is have the thought and no, t acknowledge it. Any advice would Be Much appreciated.

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    • Reply by rassybeds

      I am a mindfulness facilitator/teacher.


      I started with the apps. But sometimes it’s helpful to have contact with other “live” people, to share the experience of your practice and to get guidance from a tutor. Like Antonella above, I’m happy to offer free support online via Zoom.

    • Reply by yascrawf61


      Hi Alex, try this book. It guides you through 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation. It’s a great book and when I want to go back to I just pick it up again and flick through to the meditations I would like to do. It got me through the early months of quite a serious illness.
      There is another in the series for if your having to manage pain too.
      hope it helps. Yas.

    • Reply by jim

      Well this is a popular topic. So much good advice and useful tools and links. Will explore further. I only started this at the beginning of lock down and I use an app called Headspace . As commented above it makes the whole area of meditation more accessible. I am finding it very useful in lowering stress, keeping you calm and putting you in touch with yourself. I am discovering you have to do it regularly and make it part of your daily life. A very good habit to get into and it pays back.

    • Reply by peterlaw23

      Hi, I have found Mindfulness very helpful in recent years so please stick with it. I would recommend a book Called Mindfulness by Gill Hasson (I have the audio version which is very well produced). The more unpleasant thoughts that drift into your mind I find I have to acknowledge, accepted for what they are and then gently bring my mind back to where I want to be not where my mind wants to be.

    • Reply by jackie

      Hello, I’m new to this forum and just came across this thread whilst getting to know the platform. I am a registered teacher of mindfulness/meditation and a hypnotherapist. I specialise in getting people started in simple ways. For the coronavirus lockdown I recorded a short video to get people started with a simple mindfulness/meditation practice as simply as possible. I made it available on Facebook (search for Pure Turtle and you’ll find it in the posts) and I’m happy to send you a link to it via e-mail if anyone wants it [email protected]. And don’t worry about those intrusive thoughts when trying to meditate, everyone has them, even the most experienced meditators. If you fight them they become more persistent, just let them happen and keep focusing on your practice. Good luck!

    • Reply by Mavmanc

      I too struggle with it, I totally understand. I’ve used a number of mobile apps. Also searching YouTube will uncover lots of great help.


      I recently read that bringing your mind back to your breath successfully is like doing a press-up. The more you practice the easier it becomes. The point is to practice not the press-up.


    • Reply by seaweed5254

      Following this. I so desperately need this as well

    • Reply by dawnkane70

      I have been practicing mindfulness for a few years now since been introduced by an occupational therapist while in hosp. For me I find a quiet, comfortable place and imagine somewhere I love to go to. The whole journey in detail, (example), I get in the car and drive to a place in the country, park up, get out lock up turn and walk to a gate go through, and start a walk through the woods, imagining the wind whispering through trees, birds singing, the smell of the damp grass as you tread on it, coming to a clearing full of bluebells. Leaning over and looking into the flower and smelling the scent. The more detailed and involved you get the more you leave worries behind. I also use parking up at the seaside, kicking my shoes off, feeling the sand warm and soft between my toes, making my way towards the sea and feel the coolness of the water as I paddle and stand watching and listening to the waves. A detailed journey keeps you from drifting without loosing the calm place your in. It took me a while, it takes practice and you have to bring yourself back a lot when first starting out. But worth it, so keep trying, it’s no big deal to drift off, often been known to nod off when first started myself. Dawn 🌅

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    • Reply by ginamann13

      i love Mindfulness meditation, it has been one of the most valuable tools in my sober tool kit (nearly 6 years sober now).  I was lucky enough to be introduced to it during my recovery and I accessed a 3 month twice weekly, 2 hours a time Mindfulness Meditaiton course and it really has changed my life.

      I always thought meditation was about achieving a higher state, not thinking about anything, staring at a candle for hours or repeating a mantra.  And that it was was not for me.

      It can be about that but Mindfulness Meditation is much more user friendly and doesnt require you to clear your mind, rather it encourages us to live with what is going on, be aware and in the present moment but not engage with the thoughts or feelings.  A quite different proposition.

      As you are starting out, and I highly praise you for taking this step, it is a great way to make an active contribution to your health & wellbeing, perhaps get a book on the subject, or take up one of the offers suggested above

      Good luck, practising daily, even for 5 minutes will be a great way to help your mental health.


    • Reply by Helen Burns

      Hi Alex

      Elise wrote a great article called An Introduction to Mindfulness, which continues to be one of our favourites amongst members – and particularly at the moment.


    • Reply by joanna.bookgirl

      Hi Alex. I also have a monkey mind. I downloaded the Calm app and have found it to be really wonderful. Happy to talk you through it if you need.

    • Reply by Michele Eckford

      Hi.  Doing meditation is one of best ways to calm the mind.  I use it regularly to help with my monkey mind.  Look into the website for Tergar Learning Community.  This is an excellent group who have a lot to offer.  It has clear teachings and inexpensive.  There is a course which helps someone to start from scratch.  Maybe after shutdown you’ll find a weekly group in your area.  Here in West Sussex there are several @ £3 per session. If not there are zoom meetings and workshops online.  Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to know more [email protected]

    • Reply by aincarnato63


      I host free Zoom Mindfulness/ Meditation. I am a therapist, (Hypnotherapist, PSYCH-K Facilitator and Healer) and I have been guiding sessions for years.

      It’s a path which requires committment and will, but very rewarding. I used my skills for McMillan and Princess Alice Hospice patients, and as a student of Dr. Dispenza, I apply a focused intention to every session.

      Therefore it’s a very easy way to train your mind towards your intentions. You literally become in charge of your thoughts and brain, and not viceversa.

      Feel free to join, all I need is your email to send you the invitation, or please feel free to contact me on [email protected].

      All the best


    • Reply by ann.goodman2758

      Try Headspace. Its via an App. I’ve found it to be brilliant and first 20+ 10 minute sessions are free and repeatable. I subscribed in the end and their library is extensive.

    • Reply by bev5985

      Have you tried guided meditation you can get it on you tube that works for me

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