A Poem About Mindfulness

Mindfulness

I thought I'd try mindfulness, for my mind full of stress
I knew I needed some help, but my mind was a mess
Did I think it would help me, not really I confess
I found it quite hard to do, with my pain in excess
It made me look inside me, slow my breathing process
It made me look around me, to see with new sharpness
Working to improve myself, emotional wellness
Did it make a difference, did it help me, big yes!
Dean Thorpe
This is the Emmanuel Centre where the Midfulness course was

About this poem

I've tried a lot of thigs to help with my mental health issues over the years and have done a few things linked with mindfulness, but not actually a mindfulness course, so when my partner Helen suggested we did an introduction to mindfulness course through a local organisation called FSN which is short for the Fellowship of St. Nicholas, they are based in St Leonards, East Sussex and their core values are:

To alleviate: Poverty, Disadvantage, Discrimination, Social exclusion
To promote: Equality, Needs led services, Participation
To believe in: Community, Social Justice, Preventative action

That's the sort of things a lot more organisations should be fighting for! We had done a course at FSN a few months before and that didn't go as well, not that there was anything wrong with the course, just neither of us were in the right head space at the time to welcome the type of help the course was offering.

We were very lucky that the mindfulness course was held a few minutes from our home and that made it much easier to get ourselves there when we were not at our emotional best, we did miss one session, but that was all and that one we really did want to attend, but we were just not up to it. Most of the mindfulness course was centered around meditation and breathing exercises to try to calm us down, help with anxiety and focus our minds, something we both needed help with. We had a very supportive teacher / group leader and that always helps. I coped very well with most of it, but did burst into tears once, we were just thinking about things that I normally avoid thinking about, the group were very supportive.
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Summary
  1. Her notepad poems: Introduction
  2. Her notepad poems: Being free to be me
  3. Her notepad poems: Big metal box
  4. Her notepad poems: Blue lights in the mirror
  5. Her notepad poems: Christmas thoughts
  6. Her notepad poems: Cold and grey in the UK
  7. Her notepad poems: Colours of my life
  8. Her notepad poems: Computers are a pain
  9. Her notepad poems: Concept of happiness
  10. Her notepad poems: Crowds all around me
  11. Her notepad poems: Eh Ju Kay Shon
  12. Her notepad poems: Evil people around us
  13. Her notepad poems: Exploring the woods
  14. Her notepad poems: Feel the pain
  15. Her notepad poems: Feeling alone
  16. Her notepad poems: Fluffy little tails
  17. Her notepad poems: Fluidity / genderfluid
  18. Her notepad poems: Free school parking
  19. Her notepad poems: Frozen moment in time
  20. Her notepad poems: Gay Pride
  21. Her notepad poems: Going to Disneyland Paris
  22. Her notepad poems: Hand beside me
  23. Her notepad poems: I hate you
  24. Her notepad poems: Illusion of life
  25. Her notepad poems: Just another dumb animal
  26. Her notepad poems: Life of a photographer
  27. Her notepad poems: Life of a snowflake
  28. Her notepad poems: Light from another world
  29. Her notepad poems: Lurking in the darkness
  30. Her notepad poems: Maybe I am going mad
  31. Her notepad poems: Mindfulness
  32. Her notepad poems: My first true love
  33. Her notepad poems: Normality
  34. Her notepad poems: Not going mad this Christmas
  35. Her notepad poems: Opening my mind
  36. Her notepad poems: Out there
  37. Her notepad poems: Passion or prayer
  38. Her notepad poems: Perfect man
  39. Her notepad poems: Psyonic dreams
  40. Her notepad poems: Raindrops on the window
  41. Her notepad poems: Red is the colour of blood
  42. Her notepad poems: Roller coaster rider
  43. Her notepad poems: Second by second
  44. Her notepad poems: Side effect of Doctors
  45. Her notepad poems: Storm
  46. Her notepad poems: Strange creatures
  47. Her notepad poems: Stranger beside me
  48. Her notepad poems: Sugar excess
  49. Her notepad poems: Tick and the tock
  50. Her notepad poems: Trapped in the Summer
  51. Her notepad poems: Trust in terror media
  52. Her notepad poems: Watching death poem
  53. Her notepad poems: Westwood House
  54. Her notepad poems: When I grow up
  55. Her notepad poems: When munchies attack
  56. Her notepad poems: Why I go to Pride
  57. Her notepad poems: Why me