WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
We are a group of Christian and Non Christian persons who are passionate about Mindfulness and Spirituality.
As part of our vision at St Peter's we wish to answer to the needs of our Local community by promoting
St Peter's Church as a Centre for Mindfulness and Spirituality.
Through our courses and workshops we promote mindfulness as a state of being.
Hospitality, openness, and refraining from judging are key aspects of human mindfulness.
We teach mindfulness learning from the three great religious Traditions: Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.
At the Centre for Mindfulness and Spirituality we offer courses and workshops about Christian Meditation, Mindfulness for Adults, Mindfulness and Yoga for children and young people,
Mindfulness and Creative Writing, Health Coaching, Mindfulness and Music for children and for adults.
ST PETER'S CENTRE FOR MINDFULNESS AND SPIRITUALITY
Thank you very much for running the course. At first I found it hard to work out what it was all about but by the time we got to the third session and especially the last one I began to grasp how mindfulness could influence the way I live. The handouts are really useful and I plan to read them again from time to time as I try to put mindfulness into practice. I feel I am at the beginning of a journey and the course has just opened the gate: there is a long way to go!
As someone quite elderly the course and the concept of mindfulness reawakened
a sense of purpose in my life which I thought had gone forever.
Thank you so much for arranging this course. It was a well thought-out and structured way of taking someone who had no real knowledge of mindfulness (me) from zero to having a much better understanding of it. The only thing stopping me is more practise which is now up to me to incorporate into my life using your course as an example. As they say,
"Practise Makes Perfect!" Although I suspect that in my case good enough will have to be good enough.
Thank you very much for a very informative and engaging course, it was very helpful and I hope the following sessions also continue to help us with our diving into this fascinating world. I have found it a good mixture of theory and practise, where we have learnt a great deal about the theoretical aspect of things, but have also been able to put some of the concepts into practise. I do agree with most of the participants that doing group sessions can be very helpful, not so much for the group aspect of things, but I suspect because of the guidance you provide.
Firstly many thanks for running this – it has helped me in a number of ways
I came to it without any prior knowledge, either practical or theoretical so there was a lot of new terminology and concepts to grapple with. I found it very useful to have the notes at the end of each session. I also found it useful to have ‘mindfulness’ considered from the teachings of several different faiths and none.
I thought I was going to find the exercises a bit daunting in such a reactively large group but that wasn’t the case. I found the ‘control of the mind’ exercise very helpful and the ‘gratitude journal’. At the end of the 4 sessions I realise I have really only ‘scratched the surface’ of mindfulness and am far from being able to achieve ‘detachment’ and beyond. As a Christian I found the explanation of Ignatian spirituality resonated particularly and would like to know more about it.
Many thanks again for helping me take some initial steps into ‘mindful’ exploration.
Although I was familiar with the body exercise it was very good to do this in a group and particularly to learn about the Buddhist Tradition and introduction to Ignatius spirituality - much to assimilate.
Thank you so much for a very helpful course.
Firstly thank you so much for the Mindfulness Course which I really enjoyed. I have tried to do the Ignatian exercises in the past and used the body check when I worked in the hospice as a way of helping very anxious patients or relatives stop for a moment so that they could then think more clearly.
For me it is so good to have a legitimate means of stopping and clearing my mind as a means to prayerful listening. Also as a way of considering difficult or complicated situations. I don't find it easy and look forward to attending another course in the future and shall practise in the meantime although I find it so much easier in a group.
But thank you again and for your enthusiasm.
I think has the potential to introduce people to the Christian faith which is what's needed in my opinion.
I wanted to improve consciousness with Spirit and achieve internal harmony, inner peace which I have!
Through a fascinating presentation of the Buddhist/Christian inter-weaving.
Elise and Vanessa are a symbiotic combination of skills and approach. Jointly they offered such an engaging philosophical, psychological and creative session; quite a feat indeed.
Alongside which were the practical elements which I felt fused very well.
It was fascinating to be part of a diverse group of people who so quickly connected and communicated. There were some wondrous pieces of writing and it was such a privilege and joy to see people’s confidence grow within such a short space of time. I would very much like to go on another of the workshops;
I think one two-hour session is not enough and would gladly pay to attend several sessions in a row.
ST PETER'S CENTRE FOR MINDFULNESS AND SPIRITUALITY
AT A GLANCE
Why a Centre for Mindfulness and Spirituality?
“When the inner life is ignored, violence erupts in some form or other, whether in physical or mental illness in the individual, or civil unrest within a nation, or war between nations” (Gerard W. Hughes)
Along with Gerard Hughes, we firmly believe that “our treasure lies in our inner life. It is our inner life which affects our perception of the world and determines our actions and reactions to it. We tend to ignore this inner life, but it refuses to be ignored either in individual or in national life. If ignored, the inner life will erupt in some form of violence. In religious language, this inner life is called ‘the soul’, and the art of knowing it, healing it and harmonizing its forces is called spirituality”.
Therefore, we believe that religion should encourage us to become more aware of this inner life and should teach us how to befriend it, for it is the source of strength and storehouse of our wisdom.
YESTERDAY IS TODAY'S MEMORIES,
TOMORROW IS TODAY'S DREAMS.
Mindfulness is about staying in the present moment
MINDFULNESS FOR EVERYONE
Mindfulness as a way of living
Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”
“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”
Being mindful it is a state of mind accessible and relevant to all of us. Hospitality, openness, and refraining from judging are key aspects of human mindfulness. The practitioner is encouraged to take an hospitable attitude to whatever thoughts and experiences arise, to consider them as they are, without evaluating them or getting bogged down in analysing them. Being mindful then is about letting the thoughts flow as well as being open to them, while trying to not let them become our identity.
CONTACT ST PETER'S CENTRE FOR MINDFULNESS AND SPIRITUALITY
St Peter's Church, Southfield Road, London, W4 1BB
020 8994 4281