This is an annual event taking place on the same day and time across cities in the UK and world wide in order to bring mindfulness to the community while supporting Mental Health Awareness Week and promoting the benefits of mindfulness practice.
This year's event is taking place online on Saturday 15th May 2021 from 12noon - 1pm. You can book directly online via Eventbrite. If you would like further information about the Bristol event and courses in Bristol then please see Bristol Mindfulness. If you would like to set up a Moment of Mass Mindfulness in your area then you can find out more info here.
What is Bristol Mindfulness?
Bristol Mindfulness is a cooperative of local mindfulness teachers sharing the vision of promoting good mental health and wellbeing through mindfulness. We have hosted Moments of Mass Mindfulness (MoMM) in Castle Park in 2018 and College Green in 2019. We are now proud to offer it as an on-line event in 2021 following the success of our online 2020 event.
What is MoMM all about and who can come?
MoMM celebrates the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week. It enables people entirely new to mindfulness, and those with a regular practice, to experience the peace and support of engaging in mindfulness with other people – bringing a sense of connection and community. It is an opportunity to experience, perhaps for the first time, gentle mindfulness practices guided by a trained and experienced teacher, which can still the mind and body in the midst of the challenges we face at this time. The theme this year is deep connection and compassion.
Everyone is welcome. You can attend as an individual or as a household sharing a screen. As this is an online event, you may choose to suggest that friends and family from whom you are separated book onto the event so that you can experience practicing together as a small group and as part of a wider community. Also, as an online event you may wish to involve your children knowing that you can leave at any point without disturbing others.
What is the format?
Welcome and opening
Guided mindfulness practice
Conversations and sharing via the 'chat' facility on the Zoom software. Share thoughts, feelings, and emotions that were noticed siting the practice and reflections on what supports our mental health
Guided compassion-based mindfulness practice
Concluding words and well wishing
What do I need for the session?
You can sit or lie down or stand whilst doing the practices. If sitting, a firm straight backed chair will support your practice better than an easy chair. If lying, a yoga mat or carpet is helpful to cushion the body.
How much is it to attend?
MoMM 2021 invites small donations (£1.67 is the minimum possible, paid by card or Paypal at the time of booking through Eventbrite) which will be shared equally between Bristol Mindfulness (enabling us to offer continued support through regular online mindfulness sessions) and the national Mental Health Foundation.
Do I need to upload anything to use Zoom?
No! Once you have booked onto MoMM and made your donation via Eventbrite, you will see online and receive a confirmation letter. You will also receive a Zoom login link 2 hours before the session starts. If this does not happen then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can support you to access Zoom directly.
Please log into the session 10 mins before the start of the session. You will then be in a ‘Waiting Room’ from which we will invite you into MoMM shortly before the start time. To ensure that we have a smooth start and so you don’t have to worry about keeping dogs and children quiet in your homes, we will probably mute everyone until the end of the session.
Your welfare and safety
MoMM offers a gentle guided experience of mindfulness. Most people find these practices supportive, especially in times of stress. However, the session may not be helpful if you are currently experiencing acute emotional distress, or significant mental health difficulties such as clinical depression, an anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or if you have had a recent bereavement. Do get in touch with us if you want to discuss this or, if you are already in contact with a mental health professional, we suggest that you have a conversation with them about whether this is likely to be helpful right now.
Please use the chat button (public or private) at the end to let us know how you found MoMM.
After the event
Bristol Mindfulness will send everyone who books an audio file of the MoMM guided practices for own use and information about local and other mindfulness resources, online sessions, courses and retreats.