FALLS LIBRARY will next week host a free workshop introducing locals to a unique course in stress reduction.
West Belfast-born Frank Liddy is a founder of the Belfast Mindfulness Centre, which brings together meditation and yoga.
Frank runs several courses and programmes in communities across the North using mindfulness and its meditative techniques to help people deal with stress, trauma, and depression.
The idea of mindfulness is based on ancient healing practices and cultivates greater awareness of the unity of mind and body, as well as of the ways unconscious thoughts, feelings and behaviours can undermine emotional, physical and spiritual health.
Frank told the Andersonstown News: “Mindfulness is the art of falling awake, a particular way of paying attention to what is happening right here and now. It’s about recalibrating our mental compasses through meditation so that we’re alive, alert, and authentic.
“Mindfulness as a practice has a particular relevance to a community like West Belfast, where there is a legacy of conflict-based trauma. For hurt people mindfulness can be a healing process, aimed at bringing the mind back home.”
Find out more about the Mindfulness course in today's Andersonstown News.