Take Back Your Life
This is an invitation to donate to "Take Back Your Life" - a year long pilot programme to improve the health and wellbeing of local Roman Road West and Tower Hamlets residents who suffer from chronic pain, illness, inactivity and social isolation."Take Back Your Life" is essentially a free 5-week mindfulness and compassion course. It is adapted for people with potentially lower language, literacy and income levels from the hugely successful Breathworks "Mindfulness for Health" 8 week pain management course.The first pilot course ended recently and was more successful than we could have hoped or imagined. Participants reported reductions in pain medication, pain experience and discomfort as well as increases in joy, connection with nature, social activity, connectedness etc. Read Dorita's story below to see the effects on just one person..We are fundraising to cover a shortfall in funds for our June course and to provide a comprehensive year long follow on programme for each course. We are also looking at providing teacher training so that some participants can take what they've learnt back to their own communities. Please do consider donating.
Dorita, 63(from Curacao in the Caribbean)The course wasn’t what I expected! It was better! Before the course I would worry about my pain constantly… After each [course] session I went home and thought this is going to mean a lot less worry for me.Now I take time for myself at home. I say to my daughters: “This is my time”. I put on the MP3 player and when I get up I feel different. Meditation sends me somewhere else and when I get up I don’t think of the pain.I’ve even got my daughters doing it.The course has given me a way out of worrying about my pain.Now I pick up and go out. I know I can close my eyes and meditate if I need to. It becomes automatic. Even when I’m walking I meditate.I used to think “I’m the only one with pain.” and feel a bit ashamed. Now I look around the bus and realise I’m not the only one who suffers with pain, maybe some people have it even worse than mine. I feel there’s a connection with others. I feel ok walking with my stick now. Before I wanted to hide it somewhere so people wouldn’t judge me. I can laugh about that now! I’m not alone.
This is a project of the Globe Community Project (GCP), a Buddhist-inspired charity based in Bethnal Green, run by people practising in and around the London Buddhist Centre.