Mindfulness & Meditation
At the core of living a healthier, happier life
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh
What is mindfulness?
From time to time, we might find ourselves fixed in the past or the future. We may be worrying about that thing we said, or perhaps glorifying a time in our lives that has since passed. We might fret about an upcoming event, or wonder whether we’ll ever get where we want to in our career. Without realising it, we may become stuck and forget to focus on the present moment.
Mindfulness is a powerful means to live in the now, with acceptance of what is, rather than looking at what isn’t. Through mindfulness, we can release judgement, of ourselves and others. Focussing on the here and now is the key to living a happier and healthier life. It’s a powerful tool for boosting your compassion and awareness. It can induce a sense of calm that you’ll find will trickle into daily life. During times of challenge or crisis, it can relieve stress and instil in you a sense of confidence.
We believe the demands of our modern world cry out for a space in which to decompress. Each day, we see overscheduled, overwhelmed and disheartened people from all walks of life. Our co-owner and director Carole Bradshaw recognised the necessity to make mindfulness accessible to the people of Hong Kong, and so began 'Monday Mindfulness'. We wanted to create a space to find calm within our city's chaos, in which people could find a meaningful sense of community.
Six years later, Monday Mindfulness continues to nourish and support our community. These weekly sessions are currently available online. Classes are free, but donations are welcomed and all the proceeds go to local charities.
This mindfulness practice will encourage you to explore a variety of techniques from different traditions. This enables you to develop a simple, but profound mindfulness or meditation practice that resonates with you.
We welcome those of all levels. These sessions will be guided and offer a chance to begin, or develop your practice. For those more experienced attendees, it's a wonderful opportunity to discover new techniques with others, and refresh your practice with a 'beginner's mind'.
The class runs from 6:45pm to 7:45pm, and all teachings are offered voluntarily by experienced mindfulness facilitators and are free to attend. Donations are welcomed and go to VIVA, a charity that helps vulnerable children at risk in over 21 countries.
If you would like to attend, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
We are currently offering sessions online.
We encourage you to login 10-15 minutes before the session is due to start, so that the mindfulness practice session is less interrupted.
- 01 March 2021 - online class, facilitator Cristina Rodenbeck
- 08 March 2021 – online class, facilitator Catriona Rogers
- 15 March 2021 - TBC
- 22 March 2021 - online class, facilitator Carole Bradshaw
- 29 March 2021 - TBC
The Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society hold a weekly English speaking self-practice session every Monday from 7:30-9:30pm. The session is mainly attended and facilitated by practitioners who already have an established practice (even if only for a short period) and is therefore aimed primarily at people who have meditated before. Newcomers are always welcome.
The in-person class is currently on hold at IMI, however HKIMS are running this class online. For more details, please visit the signup page on Meetup.com
Catriona believes that through meditation, we can awaken to ourselves and discover a peace that remains unbroken, despite external circumstances or internal torments. Her sessions address wellbeing, personal growth and spiritual evolution.
M.A (Edin), Dip M.S (HKU) M.Ed Counselling (Newcastle), AI Coaching (Fielding, USA)
Having explored sound healing and mindfulness on her personal journey, Cristina brings her unique style to Monday Mindfulness. She artfully blends Kirtan (the rhythmic repetition of powerful yet gentle mantras) and her own mindfulness techniques to build a greater consciousness of breath and a deep sense of peace from within. No experience is necessary for these sessions, only the will to begin.
Cristina is our licensed wellness practitioner with over 15 years of experience in teaching mindfulness. She has certifications in Mindfulness Coaching Mastery, Advanced Mindfulness Coaching, as well as having completed the Potential Project Mindfulness Program. One of the most sought after mindfulness speakers, she has delivered talks, workshops and Kirtan sessions across the city.
From time to time, we welcome new teachers and facilitators, who offer a fresh and different perspective to our mindfulness community.
- Tara Brach talks for beginners
- Guided meditation on fear
- Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD - Mindfulness for Beginners (Audio)
- 5 Minute Mindfulness Meditation (for Beginners)