‘MINDFULNESS’ experts are calling on Coventrians to combat stress, depression and anxiety through meditation and alternative practices at Coventry Cathedral.
The Flame, Coventry’s Mindfulness, Holistic and Wellness centre in City Arcade, has been running the event for six years now.
It says its aim is to introduce ‘right mindfulness’ to residents, helping address rising rates of mental illness in an era where it is more openly discussed and challenged.
The NHS says mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – which advises the NHS on treatments – as a way to prevent depression.
Mindfulness includes paying more attention to the present and to your own thoughts, feelings, and the world around you.
Meditation involves sitting silently and paying attention to thoughts, sounds, the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, not allowing your mind to wander.
The centre has introduced its concept of ‘right mindfulness’ to over 14,500 people over the past five years.
It says it runs regular classes, courses, workshops and retreats grounded in academic psychological research and artistic experience.
Previous events at the cathedral have attracted almost 1,000 people and organisers expect a similar turn-out this year.
The event will take place on October 6 from 6pm to 9pm.
The Flames’ Pushy Sanghera said: “We are overwhelmed at the success and support for the events and the impact of this event on the health, mental and physical health of individuals.
“It is a privilege to be able to host these events, especially at such a prestigious and iconic venue like Coventry Cathedral, and to have leading world experts and pioneers.”
This year’s event creates an interactive experience, highlighting how ‘extraordinary experiences’ can be achieved through meditation.
A spokesperson for the centre said: “Recent research has confirmed significant relationships between personal improvement and meditation, over 60 per cent of meditators report extraordinary experiences.”
The event will include expert guest Dr Jessica Bockler, an applied performance artist and ‘transpersonal’ psychologist. She has an interest in expressive arts and ‘sacred ritual’.
Dav Panesar, one of the pioneers of mindfulness-based intervention, will speak about meditation and the support required for those practicing it.
In addition, the event includes real life case studies sharing their ‘transformational’ experiences.
The event will offer live music and a glimpse into classical indigenous music.