For anybody out there who’s feeling overwhelmed and stressed or who lies wide awake at 3am with a “To Do” list running on a loop of worry in your head, read on ….. this post is for you! Lucy Highton has just set up White Lotus Meditation in the city, teaching meditation practices that help to create a sense of space for the mind, within which you can restore calm and reconnect with yourself.
Lucy originally turned to meditation eight years ago as she sought calm and clarity in her busy London lifestyle. She visited India several times during her early 30’s and found the power in just stopping and the strength that comes from stilling a busy mind. But her world was shattered when her husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer four years ago. Some months after his death, feeling that she’d done all the healing she could do at home, Lucy returned to India for a year, practising meditation and considering the path her life was going to take. Back from India, Lucy studied for a Diploma in Meditation Teaching at the British School of Meditation and she moved to Cambridge at the end of last year.
Lucy has found the perfect studio space at Bodywise in Gwydir Street (off Mill Road) and will run her first Learn to Meditate course there over four Sunday evenings in June with a taster session in August and another course lined up for September. She also plans to offer drop-in classes and one-to-one sessions plus corporate and school workshops.
I was really happy to meet Lucy and talk about meditation and mindfulness with her as it’s something I came to a couple of years ago when a difficult period in my life left my mind super busy with worries and sleep in short supply. I took myself to a drop in meditation/mindfulness session at my local yoga centre and started attending weekly, unsure at first if I was getting it or doing it right but happy to be carving out that time just for me. As the weeks passed, gradually I found I was able to still my mind and there was such peace in realising that I had the power to do that. Practices like mindful breathing and counted meditation really help me with stressful times, sleeping and also, I’ve discovered, in the dentist’s chair! And although I would never claim to be the most chilled out woman in Cambridge, those classes gave me the gift of tools which I can and do use every day.
To read more of Lucy’s story and for details of upcoming classes at White Lotus Meditation, take a look at the website through which you can also contact Lucy, who is happy to answer any questions you’d like to ask about meditation and mindfulness.
Well, Spring is definitely in the air and there’s lots happening in the city this month – in particular there are some wonderful concerts to enjoy. I’ll update this listing through the month so if you know of an event that could be included, please let me know through my Contact page.
4 – 16th 8am – 5pm Spring Exhibition. Quy Art Group. Work by six local artists in a variety of media. Michaelhouse Cafe, Trinity Street. Closed Sundays.
5, 12 and 19th 7pm Meditation and Emotional Intelligence. Michaelhouse, Trinity Street. firstname.lastname@example.org
7th 6.45pm Parasitic Plants: a question of degree. Cambridge Natural History Society. David Attenborough Building, New Museums Site, Pembroke Street http://www.cnhs.org.uk
7th 7pm Cam Lates: Pacific Late. Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. Facebook:@cambridgeuniversitymuseums Read more about Cam Lates here
8th (until 22nd April) Hannah Kemp-Welch: Hyperlocal Radio. The 2018 Open House artist-in-residence shares the process and outcome of her year-long residency with North Cambridge communities. Kettle’s Yard. http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk Read more about Kettle’s Yard here
16th 5.30pm Foundation Concert. Bruckner and Elgar. Members of King’s College Choir (past and present) and Cambridge University Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, King’s College Chapel. http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk
February is drawing to a close and although there are signs of Spring here in Cambridge, the outdoor temperature is still extremely bracing! But there’s plenty going on in the city to get us through to the warmer Spring days, so here’s the what’s on listing for March. It’s an eclectic mix of events that come to my attention so if you know about an event that could be included, please get in touch through my Contact page. I’ll update this listing through the month, so do check back when you can.