So what is Mindfulness?
Put simply Mindfulness is being as fully present as possible in ‘this moment’.
We take notice of this very moment we are in, not thinking about the past or future, plans or worries, we put all of our focus on this moment.
We do this noticing with as little judgement, and with as much compassion as we can.
We use a variety of tools to train our brains to stay present, to notice, to be less reactive and hopefully a little kinder and little calmer.
How does my teaching style differ?
I have seen many clients over the years who struggled with; traditional meditation, mindfulness taught in prescriptive classes and courses that ask a great deal of beginners in terms of time and capacity, or with apps where the lack of personalisation and connection often means motivation is quickly lost.
My years as psychotherapist as well as over 15 years teaching inform how I teach mindfulness.
How exactly is what I offer different?
– I teach at your level, not what I think is right for you.
– I will adapt content to suit what you need and want to learn
– I am psychologically mindful of mental health issues
– I offer trauma and anxiety aware mindfulness
– My work is informed by neuroscience; I use techniques that are known to have good results
– I will often combine movement and breathwork into mindfulness training as these two components allow deeper and easier access to mindful states
– Although mindfulness has many benefits, it isn’t right for everyone; and it isn’t right at all times. My training in the field of mental health allows me to be mindful of any areas where we may need to use caution.
How might mindfulness be helpful?
The brain always wants to categorise all our experiences into good and bad, or safe and unsafe. It does this automatically all the time, to keep us alive and away from danger.
The brain with all its wonderful thinking abilities however is often categorising things at a rate and in ways that aren’t helpful.
Mindfulness aids the brain’s capacity to sort through what we need to focus on and what we might need to put down, and not worry about. Having time to rest in our minds, not planning, worrying or working things out, is incredibly useful for our brains’ and bodies’ health.
It can help in the development of a quieter, less frenzied mind, one where noticing and taking time before reacting and taking action can happen. Being less reactive can be incredibly useful in our relationships, with partners, friends, family and colleagues.
Noticing what’s happening in others, in our environments and how we ourselves are feeling in any given moment can aid us in responding more calmly and with care given to reducing conflict. We can also begin to better communicate our needs when we are able to take stock, see how we feel and state what’s needed with consideration and care.
Mindfulness often results in lowering our heart rate, easing the way to healthier bodies, calmer minds, reduced inflammation and more resourceful nervous system responses to stress.
Developing a mindful practice allows beginning to access this state of mind and body, anytime, anywhere. Not just sat on a yoga mat with your eyes closed, but also in the midst of family, life or work stresses.
For me it is the calm place I can visit even in the storm; to rest, to take stock, to see how I am, to see what I need. It has changed my life in ways I continue to be both deeply grateful for as well as regularly in awe of.
I’d be so happy to be able to share what I’ve learnt on my own journey of many years with you.