“It’s so easy to stop noticing the world around us. It’s also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living ‘in our heads’- caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviours”. Prof Mark Williams
“Mindfulness shows us what is happening in our bodies, our emotions, our minds, and in the world. Through mindfulness, we avoid harming ourselves and others. “ Thich Nhat Hanh
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Jon Kabat Zin
“Being mindful does not necessarily involve meditation, but for most people this form of mind-training is required to strengthen the intention to stay present and cultivate an open and allowing quality of mind. “ Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace
“Mindfulness isn’t just about knowing that you’re hearing something, seeing something, or even observing that you’re having a particular feeling. It’s about doing so in a certain way – with balance and equanimity, and without judgment. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in a way that creates space for insight.” Sharon Saltzburgh
Do you live with pain, discomfort or fatigue? Or maybe you would just like more balance in your life?
Are you in a cycle of boom and bust; doing more on your good days and suffering later?
Perhaps your fitness has dropped and you can’t do some of the things you used to be able to do.
Maybe you feel disconnected from your body; perhaps you have stopped noticing how tense you are or that you hold your breath when in pain.
Would you like to
Spend less time wishing things were different
Be more accepting of how things actually are
And be working towards a happier, more balanced future
I am a Physiotherapist with over 40 year’s experience, the last 14 of which I spent working closely with people with chronic pain. I appreciate the complexity of pain and illness and know how it can affect many aspects, of a person’s life. I have seen how greater understanding, more acceptance and improved balance, between activity and rest, can improve function and quality of life.‘ The course I offer is based on the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health programme.
I have been interested in meditation for many years. I first learnt Transcendental Meditation in my early 30’s, but I have only practiced regularly since 2011. (The word ‘practice’ is used in Mindfulness and Meditation to acknowledge the ongoing process). I know that I am becoming less reactive and make better choices in how I respond to situations. I enjoy each present moment more and worry less about yesterday and tomorrow.
Simply awake, really present to your life as it happens” Vidyamala Burch
There are two key principles which underlie all aspects of Mindfulness and run through the Mindfulness for Health course
You will learn to live in the present moment and breathe into your experience rather than tensing against it.
You will learn to respond (thought about) rather than react (automatic) to life’s circumstances.
By attending a course you can develop the skill of being more mindful and learn how this can help with self management of pain and improve your quality of life. The course will not get rid of your pain but it can help change your relationship to pain, stress or other problems.