"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally." - Jon Kabat Zinn
Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining awareness of the present moment particularly of your breath and body sensations. Regular practice will:
- help you to tune in to what’s going on in your mind and body and in the outside world moment by moment. - learn how to deal with difficult thoughts and how to respond skilfully to stressful situations - discover that even in the midst of stress and difficulties you can find balance and peace.
The classic way of learning mindfulness practice is an eight week course.
This course follows the pattern of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme as introduced by Jon Kabat Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre. The course consists of eight weekly sessions of two hours duration and one whole silent day of guided and structured mindfulness meditation practice. The first part of the programme puts emphasis on developing the skills of being present with internal experiences such as body sensations, thoughts, emotions and feelings.
The second half of the programme focusses on expanding awareness and applying the learning to daily life, life challenges and interactions with others. Through mindfulness meditation practices and mindful movement such as yoga and qi gong, we can learn to pay attention to our experience of the present moment and cultivate our awareness of the mind and body and living in here and now.
An important part of this course is our commitment to home practice as most learning happens through applying mindfulness to our day to day life and by trying to follow the formal practices on a daily basis.
To get most out of the course, it is important to attend all the sessions or miss no more than one or two. It is also important to be able to commit to regular formal practice of at least 30 minutes at home six out of seven days in the week.
The course is led by Ruth Stock who follows the Personal and Professional Training Programme in teaching mindfulness through Bangor University. She has a long standing interest and experience in meditation practice and contemplative prayer.
There will be a charge for this course of £60 to cover the cost of producing course materials and purchasing equipment. We ask for a non-refundable deposit of £15 to book a place on the course.
Where: St Michael’s in the City Church, Upper Pitt Street, L1 5BD When: Monday evenings, 15th February - 11th April 2016 Time: 7.30 -9.30 pm
*Booking is essential for this popular course. To book your place or find out more, please contact Ruth on 07895210222 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a participant in the current course you can access audio files of the guided meditations here. These are password protected for course participants only.
Wednesday evening movement and meditation sessions are currently suspended while we consider the best way forward for the future. We do intend to maintain a weekly session ofmeditation but this may not be at the same time as before. If you have any queries contact us.
Ruach Blessing is a free lunchtime meditation class usually held weekly at 1.00pm Thursdays - it is currently on hold following the closure of St Luke's Gardens (outside the bombed out church). Watch this space for details of new start date and venue.
We often pay lots of attention to our body's health and to developing our mind but may ignore our spiritual well being.
Meditation seeks to redress the balance by cultivating inner peace and connection with the universal source of life. Using movements from Tai Chi and insights from different traditions of contemplation, Christian and non-Christian, we meditate each Thursday lunchtime in the open air.
We each take responsibility for ourselves during these exercises, which are suitable for all levels of mobility and experience.
We used to meet regularly within St Luke's - the bombed out church. While it is closed we are seeking a new venue.
Spirit and Song
Spirit & Song is a monthly occasion at St Bride’s Liverpool when we intentionally come together with music and song to place ourselves together in the presence of Beauty, Love, Jesus – the presence of God.
It is usually led from the piano by Jonathan – but other musicians and singers are welcome! We tend to use short repetitive contemporary worship songs or chants and increasingly write our own. It is an informal time and we encourage others to share thoughts, prayers or sacred poems.
We see worship as a transformative spiritual practice, a practice that brings peace and healing as we let go of the thought chatter of our minds to be in the centre of our being, our true Self in the presence of the divine.
Spirit & Song is held at St Bride’s on the first Sunday of the month at 6.30pm – doors open at 6pm for tea and coffee.
Using poetry, symbol, drama, food, art, light, silence, multimedia and lots more, The Well is our monthly Celtic evening. Each meeting has a different theme. Previous themes have included: St Francis & the Wolf of Gubbio, Anselm & Christ as Mother, an urban walk themed around justice, a summertime Lindisfarne Liturgy, the Woman at the Well - reflecting on a painting by Seiger Koder.
We draw on the ancient wisdom of Celtic Christianity but also find God at work in other faiths and secular poets and artists. We are careful not to be "too heavenly minded" and have a firm commitment to promoting social justice through prayer and action.
We meet on the second Sunday of each month at 6.30pm, with tea and coffee from 6.00pm, at St Brides Liverpool Percy Street Liverpool L8 7LT
At St Bride's Liverpool on the fourth Sunday of each month (refreshments and welcome from 6pm) .
Bringing together insights from Mindful meditation and the long tradition of Christian contemplation - using silence, movement and where necessary words, we shall explore the Divine within each of us.
On Sunday 24th January we shall be exploring Divine Compassion - both for ourselves and for others. We may be more familiar with this concept from a Buddhist perspective, but is it also something Jesus encouraged us to practice? Lets find out together.
Merseyside Forest Church
Many people can describe transcendent moments in nature where they feel deeply connected to something bigger than themselves and Forest Church is a way to explore that connection within community.
Forest Church is a fresh expression of church drawing on much older traditions when sacred places and practices were outside – but it is also drawing on contemporary research that highlights the benefits of spending time with nature in wild places.
Forest Church isn’t just normal church happening outside, instead it attempts to participate with creation. And it isn’t just a fellowship group doing an outside activity, we aim to learn, worship, meditate, pray and practice with the trees, at the spring, along the shore....
Spirituality and Awakening is an occasional series of meetings hosted by St Bride’s Liverpool to explore the theory and practice of spirituality and awakening. They usually take place as public talks, presentations or workshops with invited speakers.
Many people today, both inside and outside of religious institutions, recognise the value of giving attention to the spiritual dimension of life and society. Becoming aware of this spiritual dimension can happen in many ways, for example through experiences of awe and wonder in nature, through the stilling or ecstatic experiences of worship or meditation practices or through study and research that expands perspectives.
Spirituality widens our perspectives to realise we are part of a greater whole and connected to all other people and things and ultimately to the Source of All – however we name that reality. These widening perspectives are capable of changing our experience of life and contributing to greater peace and harmony in our lives and in the world.