"The aim of life is to live.
And to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware."
- Henry Miller
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of being present - in the 'here and now' - noticing our thoughts, feelings and sensations with acceptance, compassion and non-judgement.
Mindfulness = awareness in the present moment, wherever you are and whatever you are doing
Meditation = the act of sitting (usually) and bringing your attention to a chosen focus e.g. the breath
Neither Mindfulness nor meditation are about 'getting rid of thoughts' or 'emptying the mind' as is commonly misunderstood. It is really the process of observing your thoughts, and noticing the space between them.
When we learn to do this we open ourselves up to more choice, more peace and more happiness.
For some of the research on the effectiveness of mindfulness click here.
Mindfulness in counselling
As Mindfulness is all about awareness, acceptance, compassion and non-judgement it integrates seamlessly into my counselling work. If appropriate, I can teach you meditations, techniques and perspectives to help you work with your emotions to gain more clarity, calm and compassion for yourself and others.
For more info on counselling, click here.
One to one Mindfulness teaching
If you would like some individual Mindfulness coaching either to deepen your practice in general or to work on a specific issue in your life I can offer one off or ad hoc Mindfulness sessions.
£45 (50 mins)
Mindfulness for groups
I offer 2 'off the shelf' Mindfulness workshops:
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS
MINDFULNESS FOR MODERN LIFE
You can find out more about these here
Or, if you'd like a Mindfulness workshop with a specific purpose in mind you can get in touch to discuss something bespoke.
Mindful Lunch Breaks
Create some breathing space during the working day.
I can provide regular 30 minute mindfulness sessions for calm and focus during the working day.
These sessions take place online for groups of up to 50 people.
Each session has short talk and a meditation on a theme, followed by group sharing (optional) and a journal/reflection prompt suggestion.
6 week Mindfulness for Modern Life Course
This course is my unique creation, blending mindfulness with psycho-education and neuroscience. I usually run it twice a year for the general public. Full details here.
You can also have this course in your college/uni, workplace or community group. Each session is 1.5 hours per week and take place live on zoom as well as being recorded.
"Breath and mindfulness give us the awareness and space we need to make choices that are aligned with our values"
- Brene Brown
Mindfulness in nature
A great way to practice Mindfulness is by connecting to nature.
For more about how I work with nature for wellbeing click here.
To see if I have any Natural Mindfulness events coming up, such as Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) click here.
Find me on Insight Timer for mindfulness meditations and guided nature walks.