Posts Tagged ‘Meditation’

Blog – Snowfall

Thursday, March 12th, 2015


I took myself for a walk recently, up into the Derbyshire hills. As I was climbing a fellside, some low cloud started to roll across the tops, like smoke. It started to snow, so I paused in a copse of young birch trees. Standing right below the snow cloud, I became aware of wanting to make the most of the next few moments – before the snow melted.

I enjoyed the feel of the snow as it landed on my skin, the look of it as it lay on the branches and tufts of grass, and the sound of it – I even heard it making a whispering noise as it fell onto dry bracken. I picked some up and watched it melt, change shape, and turn into water… and I noticed my disappointment as it did this.

I think part of the reason that snow holds a magical quality for me, is its transient nature – its impermanence. In mindfulness, the idea of impermanence is about accepting that nothing, including us, is fixed and that change is a part of life. A bit like the way each moment is transitory and like snow, melts and gives way to the next one.

I guess living more mindfully is about noticing moments before they melt into the river of our everyday lives.


New Mindfulness CDs

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Heather with CDs

Heather holding up our new MBSR CDs

After a lot of hard work, we finally have our new Mindfulness CDs professionally pressed.

Heather and Markus have worked tirelessly voicing (and re-voicing) the meditations on these CDs to accompany our mindfulness based stress reduction 8 week course.

The CDs are issued on each of these courses, guiding people through the meditations at home – both during and beyond the course.

Mick Routledge has provided his audio expertise and recording studio, and Martin Webster has provided the CD graphics.

Upcoming Mindfulness Courses Updated

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Please note this page is a news item and is now out of date

New news items will be created as more courses get programmed, and/or programmed courses change or get nearer. This page will not be being updated again.

We’ve updated our Mindfulness Courses – see the mindfulness section for full details about the courses.

Free 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course

Due to our funding arrangements, these courses are prioritised for low income Salford residents, but we will try to accommodate other low income Greater Manchester residents where possible.

The General Mindfulness course is for those suffering from current mental or physical ill health; please e-mail with the filled in referral form to be added onto the waiting list for attendees.

The Carer’s Mindfulness course is run in association with the Carers Centre – to be added to the waiting list, please e-mail

All the free courses are currently held at the Angel Centre.

Carer’s Mindfulness Starts 12th June
For 8 weeks
Thursdays 10-12noon No places available
Contact Carer’s Centre
General Mindfulness Starts 25th June
For 8 weeks
Wednesdays 6-8pm No places available
Contact Mind in Salford
Young Carer’s Mindfulness Start date tbc
For 8 weeks
tbc Places available
Contact Carer’s Centre
General Mindfulness Starts 24th September
For 8 weeks
Wednesdays 1-3pm No places available
Contact Mind in Salford
Carer’s Mindfulness Starts 30th October
For 8 weeks
Thursdays 10-12noon Places available
Contact Carer’s Centre

Mindfulness Drop-Ins

Mindfulness Drop-Ins are held monthly for those who have previously completed the full mindfulness course. Please e-mail to let us know if you are planning to attend.

Mindfulness Drop-In Wednesday 9th July 6-7.30pm @ The Angel Centre Cancelled
Mindfulness Drop-In Wednesday 6th August 6-7.30pm @ The Angel Centre Please let us know!
Mindfulness Drop-In Wednesday 10th September 6-7.30pm @ The Angel Centre Please let us know!
Mindfulness Drop-In Wednesday 8th October 6-7.30pm @ The Angel Centre Please let us know!