Every Monday 7.45-9.15 pm.

At Ham Library community space



Mindfulness can help us see and break habits that are not helpful



I walk down a street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost... I am helpless.
I don’t know what to do.
I just lay there until somebody helps me up

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe it, I am in the same place. I am lost again.

Why is this happening to me? It takes me a really long time to find my way out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in. I know it is a habit.
I know I have been here before and I get out immediatel

I am again, walking down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

I start to walk down the same street and I remember there is a hole, I take another street.


By Portia Nelson

When: Doors open 7.30pm come and relax with a cup of tea.

Meditation starts at  7.45pm please arrive a couple of minutes before hand so we can settle in to a quiet space together.

Finish at 9.15 pm.

Cost: This is a free event, but donations of £ 3 are welcome to cover our costs

Where: Ham Library community space. Ham Street, Ham, Richmond upon Thames (west London), TW10 7HR.

Public transport: From Richmond or Kingston; bus 371 to Ashburnham Rd, or bus 65 to Ham Common/Ham gate Avneue and walk along Ham Street towards Ham Library (approx. 5-10mins).


There are many difficult, upsetting and shocking things happening in our world. And life can throw all sort of challanges at us.

It can be easy to feel helpless, overwhelmed, stressed or even angry.

Coming together and meditating in a group, can be refuge of peace and a beautiful way to spend time with other people.

Practicing breathing and body relaxation can help to still the mind, improve concentration and reduces stress. And help us respond to difficult situation with a clearer mind and more skilful approach.

Part of the evening will consist of a short reading to inspire how we can use mindfulness in our everyday life, to make a difference in the world towards a more peaceful, fairer and sustainable future.

 And an opportunity to share your experience in mindful speaking and listening.

The meditation practice is inspired by Buddhist teaching, but people from all spiritual paths or no paths are welcome. The group is run on a drop-in basis, no need to commit or book, just come when you like to practice in a group. And there is no need to have meditated before. 


The meditations techniques and topics for the readings are tailored for adults. It may be suitable for older teenagers as well, but please email me before hand, so we can make sure it’s helpful.

Please note that mindfulness and meditation may not be helpful for people with mental conditions such as paranoia or schizophrenia, and may make such conditions worse. If you have any doubts about this please consult your GP.


Also since one of the aims with the practice is a clear mind, I ask that you abstain from taking drugs and alcohol that cloudes the mind when joining the meditation sessions.


To read more about the mindfulness guideline about sobriety please see this link


The meditation is facilitated by Sufiyo Andersson, for more information please email

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