World Mental Health Day – 10/10/10

Today is World Mental Health Day, most of us will cheerfully admit to being mental in our own special ways, but today is a whole day geared towards us all keeping better care of our mental health.  Balancing diet and eating in moderation is something we’ll all do to keep good care of our bodies, but perhaps our minds need similar care and attention to keep them balanced and healthy.  We all take time out to relax occasionally (I know, less regularly than we’d all like…) but there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to cope properly with the pressures and stress that daily (and sometimes hourly) life brings, which often means, if you’re anything like me, you’re going straight from one thing to another without taking a mental pause.  Result?  Well, I mostly get stressed right out of my little mind, I don’t know about you…

Thankfully there’s a few things you can do to settle back down, all of them will take time out of your day, which I know is a precious commodity. Sometimes there’s not more than a few minutes spare between tasks and ‘things which absolutely have to be done today’.  Thankfully there’s a solution: there’s a new website just launched called Headspace being run by an ex-Buddhist monk.  Generally Buddhists are all groovy in the meditation department and this chap has managed to take meditation and squish it into 10 minute sections available via his website (under the ‘tools’ heading).  Genius.  No sitting in a class full of strangers trying your best not to concentrate on the people around you, but a way of doing it in your own home for less than 1% of your whole day.

Of course, if you’d prefer the structured class approach (which I have  on occasion) there are a good few of those available locally too:

In Derby for 7 weeks beginning 3rd November

The Sheffield Buddhist Centre is between Walkley and Crookesmoor, they run a newcomers course on Wednesdays, introductory day courses or lunchtime meditation sessions.  The Buddhist Meditation Centre is located near Endcliffe Park and also has a World Peace Cafe

There’s also a Meditation centre and World Peace Cafe in Nottingham.

If you happen to find yourself in Ulverston, Cumbria, and want to take time out, you can always visit the Temple For World Peace at the site of the Conishead Priory or the original  World Peace Cafe

May you be happy, may you be well, may you be free from suffering, may you progress 🙂

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