Report on Meeting of November 29th 2016
A talk on Mindfulness by Eva Mackenzie
Eva Mackenzie, a Buddhist friend of David Izen, talked to us about Mindfulness. She previously taught Religious Studies at Kingsley School, Leamington Spa, and frequently introduced classes to it. Most recently she has used Mindfulness with Year 9s, and has found it very effective in helping pupils cope with exams, bullying, and the stress of relationships. It is used by sportspeople and musicians as a way of creating calm and connectedness, and enabling concentration. We practised a form of Mindfulness briefly, and learnt the mantra: ‘Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, which is why we call it Present.’ An organisation promoting it calls itself .b – which is meant to remind you to stop and simply be.
It was clear from her presentation that Mindfulness is in itself simply a tool or a technique, which has no necessary link to any faith or philosophy, and can be used to promote many kinds of meditation or activity.