Mindfulness

For those who haven’t encountered mindfulness before, the idea of deliberately paying attention in the moment may suggest a somewhat cold and clinical approach. However, mindfulness is anything but clinical.

It is a rich, warm, life-enhancing, often difficult and painful but immensely rewarding practice.

Mindfulness is indeed a way of training and transforming the mind

 

it is not just about the mind but the body and heart too.
I like to think of it more as ‘mind-body-heart-full-ness’

It is about integration. It is a way of being, one which helps us develop empathy, compassion, clarity and wisdom.

Mindfulness is simply a practical way to be more in touch with the fullness of your being through self-observation, self-inquiry, and mindful action.

Jon Kabat-Zinn (1991) himself talks about the heart in mindfulness and many of the practices he recommends include the body and emotions

The overall tenor of mindfulness practice is gentle, appreciative, and nurturing.

We are NOT our thoughts

Mindfulness incorporates the ability to recognise that we are not our thoughts and that we can choose how we respond to any given circumstance, especially stressful ones

This is one of the key aspects recognised in the mindfulness definition from the United Kingdom’s Mental Health Foundation’s Be Mindful report (2010): “Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body-based approach that helps people change how they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences”

The observer mind

Non-judging is at the heart of Mindfulness and developing or tapping into what we can call the Observer mind.

Like being a ‘witness’, we simply learn to observe things – internally and externally – as what they really are. We become more aware of our triggers, our thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations, putting is into a better position to choose how we respond – rather than react – to the world around us.

Why work with me? 

I am a certified Mindfulness teacher qualified at Oxford University.

Its practise is at the core of everything I do.
I run 1:1 Mindfulness workshops as well as group events around London and Surrey.

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