Mindful Libraries

Mindfulness with Martin Stepek

Wednesday 10 October at Aberdeen Central Library, 6pm - 7pm.

This Libraries Week, join us for an introduction to mindfulness and discover the benefits of reading for relaxation. Lead by author, mindfulness tutor and Sunday Herald Mindfulness Columnist Martin Stepek, this workshop will give you an introduction to some simple techniques for mindfulness. He will also look at how reading can help bring relaxation and focus to your day and so help you move towards living mindfully. The ultimate goal of this session is to for you to feel happier, be more relaxed and enjoy life! Come along to discover more about mindfulness and the health benefits of reading and leading a more mindful life. To reserve a place at this free event, contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk. 

Learn more…is stress really bad for us?

Change Your View: Kelly McGonigal’s TED Talk How to make stress your friend provides a different lens by which to view the stress we encounter on a daily basis.

Meditation: Sujan from the Varapunja Meditation Centre led the first talk in our Spring Clean Your Mind series on mediation. It was explained that even monks feel stress and meditation is something that takes time to learn and you never stop learning. Sujan’s book Meditation: Buddhism in Practice is available to borrow from the library.

Chinese Internal Arts: Matthew Knight from the Ruyi School of Taijiquan and Qigong  (Tai Chi and Chi Gong) led the second talk in our Spring Clean Your Mind series which focused on the Chinese Internal Arts. For those wanting to explore more Matthew recommended reading Gordon Faulkner’s book Managing stress with Qigong, an article from the Harvard Medical School, The Health Benefits of Tai Chi and Dao de Jing; The Book of the Way by Laozi.

Aromatherapy: Kathryn McIntosh from Re:Treat Aberdeenshire led the third talk in our Spring Clean Your Mind series which focused on aromatherapy with the emphasis on how smells evoke memories and feelings in us. Kathryn recommended looking at the Tisserand Institute's website for more information where among other things you will find a recommended reading list – many of the titles are available to borrow from the library.

This project has been funded by the Health Improvement Fund 

Chair based Yoga: Dr Melanie Jones from Paradise Clinic, the 4th talk in our Spring Clean Your Mind programme which focused on the benefits of yoga and chair based yoga. For those wanting to explore more please visit DRU Yoga.


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