I’ve experienced my first Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival over the weekend. When I saw the event being advertised on Eventbrite, it probably took 2 minutes until I’d booked- maybe less 😉 This one was held at the NEC, Birmingham, over 3 days and was set to be a soothing and insightful event.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous blog ‘Talking Spirituality‘, I definitely feel that I’ve become a more spiritual person as a result of my experiences with IBS. Part of my management for IBS is to be mindful – and by learning more about this, I’ve naturally become more in-tune with myself and know the importance of listening to my body.
Hence why an event like this appealed so much. An opportunity to explore wellbeing and learn more about what’s out there to enhance this. Who doesn’t want to improve their wellbeing, after all?
So what can you expect from an event like this?
Even in a room as large as an exhibition hall, the atmosphere was lovely and calm. Walking in you were greeted by relaxing music, lots of scents and eager, friendly faces. There were lots of exhibitors there so it was a case of where to start?!
Workshops and classes
There were workshops and other sessions being held throughout the day. I looked ahead and jotted down a couple of interest. (A little planning ahead goes a long way – otherwise I get there and lose all ability to make decisions!)
I attended one of the classes – Liz Keaney – Raise your Vibration with Qigong. I was particularly keen to try this as I’ve seen and heard good things about Qigong but hadn’t yet tried it…until now. A fellow Instagrammer had mentioned it to me and since then I keep seeing it pop up! Must’ve been a sign 🙂
In a nutshell, Qigong is meditation with slow movement. It was all done standing up and for those with good balance was done with eyes closed throughout (not quite there myself!) It was a really relaxing experience, as with other meditations I’ve tried previously. It’s incredible the difference taking a little time out can make to how you feel. This was about 45 minutes, but even a couple of minutes can make all the difference!
Have you tried Qigong before?
Aroma air diffusers – lots of them!
Fancy air diffusers seem to be the thing of the moment – they were at every corner! They push out scented air and have other clever little functions all of which creates a relaxing ambiance (love that word). I didn’t invest but now they’re on my radar I’ll be checking them out – well, Christmas is coming and I’ve been good, Santa!
The opportunity to explore wellbeing
Given the fast paced world we live in, it leaves very little chance to properly ‘switch off’ – technology is right at our fingertips 24/7. An event like this highlighted to me that your wellbeing is your wellbeing – it’s up to you to take charge of your own. Events like this are for EVERYONE – go for it! It was great to be part of an event where people acknowledge the importance of self-care and not allowing the rush of daily life to take over (which is oh so easy to do).
The weird and wonderful
The great thing about events such as these is that you can pick and choose what you see/do depending on your interests. There were definitely stands and classes that weren’t my sort of thing, but great to see such variety and learn more about what’s out there. Variety is the spice of life, after all!
When’s the next one?!
I came away from the event relaxed and having learnt more about myself. Needless to say I’ll definitely be on the lookout for similar events in the future – would love to hear any recommendations you may have! This event is going to be in London in 2017 so if you’re interested, get booking! I may well head there myself for a second dose 🙂