Zen Mind Meditation & Mindfulness

with Gill Hack

Zen Mind Meditation & Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing

Scientific research has shown that meditation and mindfulness can significantly improve our quality of life. The practices taught on this course are for everyone. They are rooted in ancient Zen teachings and yet are secular practices (non-religious).

These simple meditation practices help us to unwind from the stresses and strains of daily life. They enable us to access deep states of mental calm and inner peace whilst focusing the mind and allowing us to see the reality of life, helping us to accept things as they are.

In this way we can learn to manage our challenges more skilfully and start to understand the value of living fully in the present moment.

Meditation helps us to:-

Relax
Regular practice of meditation helps us to unwind from the stresses and strains of daily life. It provides an oasis of calm for rest and renewal.

Breathe
Meditation practice teaches us to breathe naturally and fully, helping us to ‘reset’ our physiology. Regular practice activates our parasympathetic nervous system which helps to lower heart rate and blood pressure and calm the nervous system.

De-stress
A stress reaction is normal and appropriate – we will all suffer from stress at some time during our lives. Mindfulness (which simply means ‘being aware’) can help us to perceive clearly what we are going through. Mindfulness helps us learn to respond skilfully to stress rather than just reacting to it (eg flying off the handle).

Ground
During meditation we learn to sit with an upright, relaxed posture and with our feet firmly planted on the ground. This helps us to ground ourselves in present day reality. Grounding means getting your bearings and knowing your place in the world. Grounding relates to remembering where you are, where you parked the car and where your keys are.

Focus
A practice of meditation and mindfulness teaches us to be more ‘in the moment’. It helps us to be present with ourselves and with others around us. Bringing 100% focus to whatever we are doing brings quality to our lives and is ultimately pleasurable and rewarding.

Course Leader – Gill Hack
Gill is an Acupuncturist by profession and a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher (Zenways, London). She has been practising meditation since 1989 when she first began training in complementary medicine.

Her passion for meditation was sparked during a trip to the Himalayas when she spent some time living amongst Buddhist monks in a Tibetan monastery.

During the course of her acupuncture studies, she went on to develop her meditation practice in various parts of the world including China, Sri Lanka, India, America, Europe and the UK.

Gill is the founder of Acupuncture Tao Dao (formerly Tao Dao Complementary Health Clinic in London N6). She taught for many years at the former LCTA college in London, where she trained and now teaches at the City College of Acupuncture. She also has 11 years of experience teaching Theatre to young people.