Mindfulness & Meditation
At the core of living a healthier, happier life
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment (not the past and not the future) with acceptance and without judgement – guiding your mind back to the here and now when your thoughts wander.
Mindfulness is at the core of living a healthier, happier life. It boosts awareness and compassion, it induces calm and reduces stress, and promotes courage in times of crisis and challenge.
Why we offer mindfulness at IMI
Every day, we see overscheduled, overwhelmed, disheartened and distracted individuals from all walks of life: professionals, parents, students. With over 20 years of experience in the study, practice and teaching of Mindfulness, IMI’s Co-owner and Director Carole Bradshaw recognised the urgency to make Mindfulness easily accessible to the people of Hong Kong. And so began ‘Monday Mindfulness’ – a weekly opportunity to practice mindfulness, experience calm within the city’s chaos, and foster a sense of community. Classes are free. Proceeds are donated to charity.
Six years later, Monday Mindfulness continues to support people to achieve optimal wellbeing.
For the 6:15pm to 7:15pm class, all levels are welcome.
The beginners mindfulness practice will allow you to experience a variety of techniques from different traditions. In this way, you can develop a simple mindfulness or meditation practice that resonates with you.
Guidance will be given to beginners. For more experienced attendees, it is an opportunity to explore new techniques, enjoy sitting practice with others and perhaps refresh your personal practice with an attitude of “beginner’s mind”.
All teachings are offered voluntarily by experienced Mindfulness facilitators. Classes are free to attend. Donations to VIVA, a charity that helps vulnerable children at risk in over 21 countries, are welcomed.
If you are interested to attend, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
- 6 May 2019 - Cristina Rodenbeck
- 13 May 2019 - Public holiday
- 20 May 2019 - Catriona Rogers
- 27 May 2019 - Graeme Bradshaw
For those who have an established sitting practice, there is also a class that is run by the HKIMS (Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society) from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. This class includes a Dharma talk with meditation and discussion. IMI offers the space free of charge and so this is a donation based class, from which proceeds are given to local charities. Facilitators give their time voluntarily to lead this class. For more details and registration, please sign up here: http://www.hkims.org/mon-meditation-group-details
M.A (Edin), Dip M.S (HKU) M.Ed Counselling (Newcastle), AI Coaching (Fielding, USA)
The program offers both guided and less structured meditations and a brief talk drawn from teachings of the ‘wisdom masters’.
“The goal of meditation is not to avoid the world, but to live in it more consciously and fully in every moment– to feel more connected to yourself , others and the world around you.”
Catriona believes that meditation practice enables us to awaken to ourselves and to discover a level of peace that remains unbroken no matter what external circumstances or internal mental torments we face. Her sessions address health, personal growth and spiritual evolution.
Cristina is IMI’s Licensed Wellness Practitioner and Executive Coach. She has over 15 years of experience as a Mindfulness Practitioner with certifications in Mindfulness Coaching Mastery, Advanced Mindfulness Coaching, as well as completion of the Potential Project Mindfulness Program. She is a sought-after speaker on Mindfulness and has successfully delivered talks and workshops to individuals and corporations across Hong Kong. Passionate about wellness and supporting individuals on their journey to health and wellbeing, she also hosts monthly Kirtan sessions in various locations around the city.
After many years of exploring Mindfulness and sound healing on her personal journey, Cristina brings a unique blend of Kirtan – powerful yet gentle mantras – techniques and guidance to her Monday practice.
Through this simple yet highly impactful approach, Cristina shares how sound vibrations created by chanting in unison results in greater consciousness of the breath and a deep sense of peace from within. No previous experience is required, only the will.
We also have a number of external practitioners, teachers and facilitators who offer mindfulness and meditation sessions at IMI.