If you are not a member of our u3a and would like to join, please click here. We have included seven groups under this heading. (Excursions and Holidays is a menu item in its own right.) Use the buttons at the foot of the page to view details of the groups that interest you. If you would like to contact the leader of any particular group, please use the Contact us form. Your enquiry will then be forwarded to the convenor of the group in question.
To directly contact the convenors for the groups below, please send an email, as follows:
Walkers group to U3abasingstoke.firstname.lastname@example.org
Gardening group to email@example.com
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Mindfulness & Meditation
Jon Kabat Zinn defines mindfulness as: “The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally to the unfolding or experience moment by moment.”
Each meeting we will explore different meditation practices, learning as we go, finding what works best for us as individuals and as a group.
We are all beginners.
In a typical meeting, we will start with a short reading from a text. This might be a poem, an excerpt from a book, a short piece of fiction. I will select the reading for the first few meetings, but as I intend the group to be democratic and participative, group members can bring their favourite texts to future meetings. My preference is that we take turns to read, but this will be voluntary.
We will then have a 20-30 minute quiet meditation practice. Depending on preferences, we might sometimes use resources to lead the meditation, or we might simply explore the silence inside of ourselves.
Please note that the Group Leader is hosting rather than instructing or leading the group. He is not a trained meditation or mindfulness teacher.
After meditation, there will be an opportunity to reflect together to discuss how we found the session and to offer suggestions for the format of future meetings.
Links to the groups:
We will meet alternate Tuesdays, starting at 4pm: for 45 – 60 mins.
The first session will be on 25th October.