Do you want to
- Learn how to reduce your stress levels and cope more effectively with pressure?
- Experience greater joy and peacefulness?
- Break free of self-defeating habits?
- Improve your focus and concentration?
- Become more skilful in working with your emotions?
- Create a more balanced and fulfilling life?
- Willing to invest time and energy into your personal development and well-being?
A yes to any of these indicates that you are ready to engage in mindfulness training
At the heart of most people’s inner restlessness, stress, excessive need to control, need to ‘fix’ themselves, compulsions, mental ill-health and unhappiness is a lack of present moment awareness and the compulsive resisting of reality. Quite simply millions of people are suffering unnecessarily because they are living in their heads and failing to experience their innate restfulness and well-being.
An integral part of the solution to this widespread dilemma is meditation
Meditation is an ancient practice that has been scientifically researched and found to have a beneficial impact on the health and functioning of our body and mind. A lot of people meditate - one survey found estimated 20 million people in the USA alone practiced meditation in the previous year!
Whilst there are numerous meditation practices and many different definitions – one way of thinking of meditation is to regard it simply as the practice of focusing your attention on a particular object – for example your breath, a word, an important question or object. The main meditation practice that I teach is mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to our present moment experience with a welcoming attitude of curiosity, openness and acceptance. By becoming mindful we become awake, alert and fully present. Shifting into this observer position provides a vantage point from which we can disengage unhelpful habits and thought patterns and consciously make wiser, more effective decisions.
Research has found that by learning and practicing you can
- Experience a calmer, happier mind
- Access a way of being that is marked by mental clarity and emotional balance
- Improve your capacity to focus and concentrate
- Let go of unwanted behaviours and compulsions
- Reduce your experience of psychological suffering
- Learn how to welcome and work with your emotions
- Positively transform your health and well-being
What's more, regular practice over time can literally change the structure of our brains so that we are able to experience more positive emotion. One recent study found that mindfulness training can lead to structural brain changes including increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.
There are many ways to learn mindfulness - you can do it from a book or CD for example. However most people find that they benefit considerably from the guidance of a mindfulness teacher. There are many common pitfalls on the path to mindful living which are so much easier to navigate with professional help and support. I offer three options
Individual one hour mindfulness sessions
A complete 8 session mindfulness course via skype/telephone
During these 8 weeks you will learn how to
- shift from a stressed state to calm, presence within seconds
- integrate meditation into your life and work
- develop your ability to focus and train your attention
- become more accepting and kind towards yourself and others
- shift from fighting/resisting/avoiding reality to turning towards and welcoming reality
- be fully present in the moment with an attitude of openness, curiosity and acceptance
- manage your emotions and thoughts effectively
- skillfully respond to the challenges that you encounter in life
- improve the quality of your relationships
In between sessions it is expected that you will dedicate between 20 and 30 minutes on most days of the week to the practices that you have been taught.
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To book a session or course please e-mail me