Important information to read before you attend Mindfulness sessions online
Mindfulness is best not approached with the expectation it will deliver a quick solution to an issue you are experiencing. Mindfulness is not purely about learning to relax, although most people find the practices deeply relaxing.
Learning Mindfulness is more about cultivating the ability to notice more about what’s going on internally in your body and mind.
Is Mindfulness right for me?
It is not unusual for people to seek out mindfulness sessions during periods of change and/or difficulty and there are times when attending a group mindfulness course might not be beneficial.
If any of the following are applicable to you then it would be very sensible for us to have a conversation, prior to you joining an online class. It’s not that you wouldn’t be able to join, necessarily, but your teacher needs to know if you are currently dealing with any of the following issues to be able to provide any extra support/guidance that may be needed to help you get the most our of learning about Mindfulness.
- Early recovery period from addiction
- Untreated psychosis
- Acute depression,
- Suicidal feelings
- Social anxiety
The circumstances or conditions listed above do not necessarily rule out the possibility of attending a session. Suitability for engaging withe Mindfulness practices is very much influenced by;
- The state of your current psychological health
- The extent to which you have explored areas of particular difficulty
- The support networks you have around you – friends, family, GP and/or mental health professionals
I would ask that if anything listed above applies to your circumstances that you make me aware of them before you attend your first session. Similarly, if you are currently receiving treatment for a mental health issue we would strongly advise you to talk to your GP or mental health worker about suitability, at this time, for attending online Mindfulness classes.
Please contact me, Susan Collini, using the form below, to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding the online sessions, in relation to suitability’.
How to engage with the online sessions
Learning about Mindfulness starts with learning to cultivate present moment awareness. The sessions over the 4-week block will focus on developing stability of focus and attention through a range of short activities and meditations you can continue to practice in-between sessions.
So as to ensure the best learning environment for yourselves and others you are asked to…:
- Treat sessions as you would a face to face event, being there in person with your camera function enabled.(recordings will not be made)
- Limit distractions as best you can by ensuring that
- mobiles are on airplane mode and out of sight
- other applications are closed/notifications deactivated so that you will not be interrupted by emails etc.
- colleagues and/or family are aware that you are in a live online session, so maybe put a note on the door to remind people not to disturb you.
A few more helpful tips
- Please sit where you will be comfortable, ideally where your back can be straight. Sitting on a chair with a straight back is probably best but you can sit on the floor if you prefer.
- We encourage you to get to the session 5 minutes early (5 minutes late and you won’t be admitted). Maybe have a glass of water or cup of tea/coffee to help you settle in and feel at home.
- You might consider using headphones if you have them as they will help limit distractions in your own environment and improve sound quality
- It’s a good idea to have your device plugged into the mains as Zoom calls tend to use a lot of battery.
About using Zoom
These sessions will he delivered via Zoom and an email sent to you will include a link to access each session for which you are booked to attend.
If you’ve not used Zoom before then you might find it useful to follow the link below to view a 1 minute guidance video ‘Join a Meeting’ on how to use Zoom https://zoom.us/resources
We’ve been surprised by how easily both we and others have adapted to Zoom, if you do experience any technical difficulties though, Zoom also offer a troubleshooting page. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/sections/200305593-Troubleshooting
We will not however be able to respond to requests for help in finding the meeting link/accessing the meeting room after the start of any designated session. If you do not receive the booking email within 24 hours of your booked session please message Susan on 07799 892900.
Please do not leave it until the last minute to find you can’t find your email with the booking link as it is unlikely I will be able to respond at that time to help you and you will miss the session as a result.