A sitting meditation with guidance to imagine our T-helper cells with our ‘microscopic’ mind’s eye. These are the cells the HIV virus uses to replicate, and which express the protein used to measure the strength of our immune system (CD4 count). By visualising these cells with a sense of compassion and appreciation, we are sending signals that support cell survival and assist in preventing pyroptosis – a process by which T-cells that are free from the HIV virus ‘choose’ suicide, because they receive the message or identify that the virus is present in other T-cells.
Practising focusing attention, exercising our muscles of awareness and connecting, significantly increases our wellbeing. This is being human, and being mindful is a natural state, however, it isn’t always easy. This is why a course, is proven to be the most effective way of receiving the benefits of mindfulness practice.
Positively Mindful offers the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme as an online course and also an Introduction to Mindfulness courses at various locations in the UK. If you are interested in participating or have any suggestions or comments please do get in contact.
"The present moment is the only moment available to us and is the door to all moments."
- Thích Nhất Hạnh -
To start you on your journey of awareness, Positively Mindful has created some unique guided meditations, we invite you to listen and be with whatever arises, as best you can. Cultivating compassion for ourselves is paramount for any meditation practice, so if you find things difficult, move towards being kind to yourself, and notice how that unfolds.
Mindfulness is about non-striving, so there is no right or wrong way to do the practices. You are cultivating attitudes of non-judgement, acceptance, trust, letting go, beginner’s mind and patience and these take time to develop. Listen and notice your reactions, observe how you feel, your thoughts, sensations and emotions and keep practising.
“Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice.”
- Thích Nhất Hạnh -