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What are it's origins?

Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training. 

 

The term "mindfulness" is a translation of the Pali term sati, which is a significant element of Buddhist traditions. In Buddhist teachings, mindfulness is utilized to develop self-knowledge and wisdom that gradually lead to what is described as enlightenment or the complete freedom from suffering. The recent popularity of mindfulness in the West is generally considered to have been initiated by Jon Kabat-Zinn. In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts to treat the chronically ill.

  • Mindful self-compassion is the foundation of emotional healing, being aware in the present moment.

  • Even when we’re struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion and other forms of stress.

  • Responding to these emotions with kindness and understanding self-compassion can lead us to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

Mindfulness Compassion Course

Join an 8 week program (Taster Sessions available)

This course will offer an insight into Mindfulness, and will - 

What 'Mindfulness' Means to Me

Mindfulness reminds me to SLOW down, to simply be in the present moment, on purpose,  accepting lifes experiences just as they are but without preference or judgement.

Mindful Self Compassion -  
Emotional Healing  Sessions
  • Develop skills to assist you to focus upon yourself

  • Help you to build on your own wellbeing and resilience 

  • Enable you to stand back a little from distressing thoughts and feelings

  • Help you to recognise early warning signs and take helpful action when you spot them

  • Put less effort into trying to 'fix' things or strive for results

  • Allow you to be kinder and gentler towards yourself

If you would like more information, or to enrol on a course or taster session - 

My favorite simple tool the 3 minute breathing space

  • There are times when stressful situations pop up and I need some stress reduction… NOW! In those times, I can take a moment to use “emergency” mindfulness… to help me calm down before I give a speech, or after someone gets under my skin, or when I think about my never ending to-do list. I simply breathe in and out, slowly, deliberately. My favorite simple mindfulness tool is the 3 minute breathing space meditation

  • I do this by bringing my awareness in the first minute, to how I am in that moment, how my mind is, how my body is, how I feel right now.    Just for one moment checking in with myself

  • The second moment the second minute I gather that awareness and rest gentle on the breath in the body, noticing the in breath as it happens, the outbreath as it happens and then the pause at the end of the breath that just happens without any effort.  Effortlessly giving my whole attention to this without any judgement

  • Then the final moment, the third minute I gently expand that awareness out to the whole of the breathing body, out to the top of my head, to the tip of my fingers and toes feeling the calmness and stillness fill every part of me.

  •  Then when I feel ready to join the outer environment I open my eyes, refreshed and calm once again.

Meditation 

Practicing Mindfulness and particularly Mindful Compassion if undertaken regularly can reduce stress and often is one of the most common reasons why people try meditation.

  • To give you tools to control anxiety, less stress translates to less anxiety

  • Promotes emotional health

  • Enhances self awareness

  • Creates ability to lengthen attention span and focus

  • Generate Kindness particularly self kindness

  • Experience a sense of being calm and internally still

  • Experience a feeling of connected.

Gaining these benefits can be as simple as closing your eyes and being silent for a few minutes a day.

Below are the MP3 meditations that form part of the 8 week programme I currently deliver, they are there to help and support you with your on going Mindfulness and compassion practices.

1. The Practice of Non-Meditation -
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2.The 3 Minute Breathing Space -
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3. The Practice of Just Sitting -
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4. The Awareness of Breathing Meditation -
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5. Finding the Right Level of Concentration -
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6. The Practice of Stillness & Creating an Inner Refuge -
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7. Practice Compassionate Other Compassionate Self -
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8. The Compassionate Body Awareness Meditation -
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9. Compassionate Breathing In and Out -
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