Mindfulness and Meditation

I offer public classes and one to one mindful meditation sessions, along with training workshops about Mindfulness.

 

 

With a calm, healthy mind,

anything is possible

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of paying more attention to the present moment, which includes paying more attention to one’s thoughts and feelings, as well as the world around.

By becoming more aware of the present moment, we can know ourselves better and become happier due to enjoying the world more.
Mindfulness can help look at things afresh, and also notice harmful thoughts or behaviour patterns, to stop engaging with them. Hence, it can also assist in letting go.

Mindfulness based practices include breathing exercises, guided mediations and stress reduction relaxation.

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What is
Mindful Meditation?

Mindful Meditation is about taking a step inward, away from worries about the past or the future.  More than just a way of finding inner calm, research suggests that Mindfulness can have a positive effect on mental health conditions including stress, anxiety and sleep deficiency. In my classes I will guide you through practices to help slow down racing thoughts, let go of negativity, and calm both your mind and body

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What do classes involve?

By spending time being in the present moment, we can:

·    improve concentration and memory 

·    regulate blood pressure

·    reduce stress, anxiety and depression

·    boost natural killer cells which exist in our body to fight off infection and viruses

·    support our immune system.

·    enhance sleep

·    lift mood 

·    increase creativity.

 

In my classes you will learn some basic mindfulness techniques including breathing exercises and guided meditation to aid your ability to be ‘in the moment’, not thinking or pursuing thoughts as they arise. You will also receive helpful advice and tips to help you to bring mindfulness into your daily life.

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Don't just take my word for it!

Dr Michael Mosley explores how mindfulness meditation can have surprising benefits for your attention, your immune system, and even change the shape of your brain for the better.

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'Meditate' Podcast on BBC Sounds

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How to be Mindful

For some useful tips on how to be mindful and some mindful exercises to try, check out these suggestions from Mind

 

Here are a few mindful meditation tips to try out for yourself:

  • Find a quiet space where you will not be distracted or interrupted. This might be inside or outside in nature

  • Turn off your phone and other devices

  • Choose a time to suit you – perhaps first thing in the morning or just before bedtime

  • Focus on your breath whilst breathing naturally, not trying to change anything

  • Accept that you may find it hard to focus at first – the more practice you get, the easier it becomes

  • Don’t panic if negative emotions bubble up – this is natural

  • If you mind wanders, just bring your attention back to your breath and don’t worry – it’s what our minds do

  • Start by practicing for 10 minutes a day for 10 days and see how you feel

  • If you find it beneficial, you can progress to mindful meditation Apps or join a face to face class for a deeper and lasting experience.

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