What can I do for you?
I teach mindfulness and use activities from art and outdoors as well as more expected methods like meditation to put mindful living into practice. I have designed courses that allow course members to practise mindfulness in different settings to regain calm and control whilst building resilience.
Every one of us is different so that means each group is different; but I use ways to connect, focus and build strength that will ripple through each person’s whole life.
Trying to target the learning to different causes or needs has produced the following emphasis of guidance that I can give you:
1-2-1 Mindfulness Coaching
Most of us have times of real doubt, maybe because of unemployment, a bad experience at work or lack of thought from friends and neighbours. It happens and quickly we lose confidence and can become isolated.
Here I find that mindfulness is wonderfully adaptable and will tap into many areas like relaxing and gaining a different understanding of the situation. Many find a simple change like enjoying nature or a new experience, can help us to rethink and find a new strength.
Parenting is not an easy task. With pressures from work, extended family and money, it is a lot to deal with and can be hard to not to let it affect how we react with our children. Mindful parenting enables us to be more engaged, be fully present and to learn to be more responsive, giving us more pleasure from our time with our children.
It allows us to step aside from expectations and from past baggage. We learn to recognise negative perceptions and beliefs that may affect how we handle a sensitive situation and improve our communication skills. It helps us to connect better. Mindful parenting helps us raise children that are healthy, happy and more able to make proactive and responsible choices.
Mindfulness for Children
Mindfulness can be taught from an early age and be age appropriate so that activities can be very short and fun for little ones; they can be a bit longer and more reflective as the child becomes more familiar with the concepts.
By teaching them to tune into their body and breathing, body sensations and thoughts, they quickly understand they are neither their thoughts nor their emotions, helping them cope.
Mindful activities include stories, movement, relaxation or even colouring. Some of the basics awareness and kindness helps them develop empathy, confidence and builds resilience for the long term.
Some of the foundations for children are awareness and kindness helping them to develop empathy and improve self-esteem, building resilience for the long term and become part of stronger communities.
Mindfulness at Work
We all know that the working environment is complex and relentless and that staff and managers are under great pressure. Mindfulness is a great way to nurture staff and help them cope with that pressure.
Learning to build a different relationship with their environment, colleagues and the work, mindful activities can help build resilience, improve focus, decision-making skills and creativity as well as reducing stress and illness related absenteeism.
Mindfulness helps individuals and teams become much more mature because mindful people work better together. This can lead to better work satisfaction and staff retention.
Using Art as a Mindful Activity
In the 70s someone Mihály Csíkszentmihályi defined the “flow”, a feeling well known by anyone creative or passionate by the task they are immersed in, loosing track of time, feeling contentment and be fully present, thus leaving stress behind.
Using arts and crafts allows us to move from a left brain approach (based on facts, number and words, strict and organised) to a right side approach (based on concepts, fluidity, ideas and openness), allowing the mind to take a breather. Each activity is carefully chosen to enhance relaxation and problem solving, improve creativity and self-esteem and find an alternative to a linear way of thinking.
The activities are varied and can accommodate all levels of skills.
Taking Mindfulness Outdoors
We are part of natural world, but live in a world that seems to remove our link to it. Taking mindfulness outdoors reconnects us with our roots and nature in general. For example, in Japan, forest bathing or shinrin-yoku is a way to be mindful in a natural environment, slowing down and benefiting from being surrounded by trees and the outdoors. Or walking - allowing our senses to tap into nature and become absorbed, gaining inner peace.
After something else?
The activities above are just a taste of what I can offer. If you are looking for something else or perhaps you're unsure what you are after, get in touch so we can discuss something unique to you and your circumstances.