Why Mindfulness and Why Now?

These are certainly strange and unsettling times. In the last two years alone, the way we live has changed dramatically. Many of us have suffered great losses, whether that be the loss of loved ones, the loss of livelihoods or security or just the familiarity of life as we knew it. As a result, many of us are thought to be living with psychological distress and extreme levels of fear and anxiety. Whilst fear is a normal response to the uncertainty that we are experiencing – Will I lose my job with all this uncertainty? Will my family stay healthy? Should I have the Covid-19 booster? How can I stop my negative pattern of overeating, drinking or taking drugs?  Why are my sleeping patterns out of sync? We now know that the long-term damage caused by chronic (long-term) fear and stress include a whole host of physical problems including an increased risk of a heart attack, cancer, stroke, weight gain, memory loss, chronic fatigue syndrome as well as digestive and sleep problems, to name just a few. 

Long-term stress is also known to induce or exacerbate mental health conditions including depression and anxiety-related disorders.  In response, health care professionals are increasingly recommending mindfulness practice to help combat stress, depression, and anxiety. Mindfulness is a form of attention training which helps us tap into our inner calmness and focus and is usually taught in group settings over 8-weekly sessions. These courses include training in and practising a series of mindfulness techniques. Some are formal meditation practices like the body scan, mindfulness of breath, mindful eating and mindful movement and some are informal practices such as learning to apply mindfulness to everyday activities such as showering or brushing your teeth.

Are you curious to experience mindfulness for yourself but not sure where to start? There are several ways to practice with me:

  • You could attend one of the upcoming group 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction courses or the shorter 4-week Introduction to Mindfulness course: Awakening Curiosity. 
  • If you are not ready for a deep dive right now then you could attend one of the upcoming workshops or live meditations. 
  • If you would prefer to work with me one to one, perhaps you work shift patterns or have other commitments which make it difficult to attend classes at a regular time each week or perhaps you are not comfortable in a group setting, then this is possible too.
  • If you are a young person who would like support getting your life back on track following the pandemic then I also offer mentoring sessions. 
  • If you are new to mindfulness and would like to listen to one of my meditations then you will find some free audio meditations in the resources section.