What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness is a state of being, a way of life and an art: the art of being truly present for ourselves, for each other and for the world. The energy of mindfulness has the capacity to heal and transform, to renew body and mind and to nourish the heart. Mindfulness is known as an effective approach to relaxation and stress release, but it’s much more than that. It is the deepening insight of our intimate interconnection with everyone and everything around us and on the planet. From this understanding grows a mindset which reflects compassion, respect and kindness for ourselves and all beings. Our actions will increasingly express those qualities. Mindfulness is medicine for our families, communities and for society.
Mindfulness is a practice and a path, similar to tending a garden. Training the mind to be grounded in the Here and Now is like cultivating a patch with seeds which over time will produce beautiful flowers. With patience and perseverance, the mind will give rise to increasing clarity, joy, inner peace and resilience.
In recent years, mindfulness practice has become very popular worldwide and is now used in health care, education, business and government. Its effectiveness is well documented in numerous scientific studies.
Here is a brief taster for you, a guided ten-minute breathing meditation.
One-to-one Sessions and Retreats
I offer bespoke mindfulness sessions for individuals and groups. Whether you would like an introductory taste of mindfulness or wish to take your practice to the next level, sessions will be tailored to your individual needs. Session formats range from an hour-long taster session to a whole day workshop, from a half-day introduction to a weekend course/retreat. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
Mindfulness Courses and Retreats
SOUNDS & SILENCE: MINDFULNESS & MUSIC
Mindfulness practice and intuitive music-making mutually enhance and support each other. Slowing down through mindful breathing, sitting and walking opens doors to our inherent creativity. Participants are invited to explore music and sound with an attitude of curiosity, playfulness and deep listening. Gentle movement exercises, sound walks and other listening practices open up the senses. Guided group improvisations encourage confidence and a spirit of adventure. Circumstances permitting, a part of the course or retreat will happen outdoors.
Can be tailored to suit needs of professional musicians, amateurs or groups of mixed abilities.
ALIVE & AWAKE: MINDFULNESS IN LIFE AND AT WORK
Meditation is a delightful and spontaneous thing to do. It is the continual act of making friends with yourself.
Mindfulness is a path to balance and well-being. Whether you are new to Mindfulness or wish to take your next steps, this programme supports you in cultivating presence, inner resilience and joy. Through exploring mindfulness in the context of work, new ways of responding to stressful situations become possible. We cultivate mindfulness of breath, body, feelings and thoughts, learning to direct kind attention to each of them in turn. Combining Mindfulness practice, gentle body work and outdoors experience, participants will be introduced to a range of practices and mindfulness ‘tools’ which can be applied in daily life.
MINDFULNESS FOR MUSICIANS
There is something within us that can discover and perform from resources that go way beyond our conscious mind.
Mindfulness practice can benefit musicians in many ways: it helps us cope with the stresses of performing or auditioning. It deepens the awareness of the body, which helps prevent instrument-specific strains. Meditation generates the clarity and presence needed for rehearsing, teaching and going on stage, and therefore helps to connect with fellow musicians, students and audiences alike. Mindfulness also has the capacity to open doors into deeper aliveness and creativity.
This course introduces participants to the foundations of mindfulness practice. They will learn a range of practices which can be applied in daily life.
MINDFULNESS & CREATIVITY
Coming home to yourself, relaxing body and mind and opening new doors of expression is at the core of this course or retreat. Mindfulness practice brings our attention back to the present moment, invoking qualities of openness, playfulness and the wide open space of non-judgmental awareness. You are invited to experiment, to be receptive, to be. Listening to your own creative voice, meanwhile the unexpected is allowed to express itself. Exploring the realms of movement, sound, words and colour is part of this journey into deeper presence.
Can be tailored to suit needs of professionals, amateurs or groups of mixed abilities.