Whatever the client type, from large institution to individual clients, whether through workshops, group trainings or private coaching, the dilemmas and desires that I have helped people work with so often appear to be common.
People frequently feel that their lives these days are out of control or out of balance in some way – they may feel powerless, anxious, or stressed; they may feel worried, unsettled or that their lives are simply lacking in some way – not enough of this, too much of that.
My own experience is that being mindful resets the lens through which life is viewed; by focusing on our moment-to-moment experience clients learn to self-manage; restoring balance, refocusing, rediscovering perspective, finding their calm centre.
I love this work; what could be more fulfilling than helping others find their way with more ease. Whether in working or personal life this way of being touches everything that we do. It is truly vital.
Find your purpose, discover your poise, realise your potential
Private one-2-one mindfulness programmes are tailored to introduce the practices most appropriate to support the sustainable changes that you are looking to make in your life.
Challenges often include stress, anxiety, resilience, feeling powerless, cut-off or just plain stuck, and as we work through practices and exercises to bring attention to moment-to-moment experience we can find a fresh way of being that brings a sense of space, enabling you to rediscover perspective, restore balance and find your calm centre. Reinvigorated.
Whilst this is always personal work, its power can be amplified by working in the company of others. I offer
One hour taster sessions to public and community groups; a brief mix of informational and experiential, covering the what, why & how of mindfulness and a chance to try it out for the first time.
Four week Introductory Courses take place every couple of months, enabling people to experience formal meditations for themselves and learn how to bring mindfulness into daily life using informal and portable practices. We also cover something of the science, benefits and obstacles along the way, all in a supportive shared environment.
Eight week structured Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Courses, as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, for those seeking a general more intensive grounding in mindfulness, or struggling with stress. Backed by a strong scientific evidence base, this provides participants with powerful life skills and techniques to manage stress, boost wellbeing and increase awareness
Monthly drop-in Re-mindfulness evening sessions for people to refresh their practice together, with guided meditations and mindful tea.
Periodic Suburban retreat days, offering longer periods of silence, meditation and contemplation to explore practice in more detail in a tranquil local setting.
To achieve this I offer short taster sessions, a 4 week introductory course, full 8 week structured programmes or bespoke workshops.
Themes often include Staying Present, Building Resilience, Mindful Communication, Responding to Change, Open to Innovate, but are tailored to the needs of each organisation..
In addition 1:1 Mindfulness based Awareness Coaching enables leaders to focus more intently on their leadership agenda, clarifying their vision, prioritizing, enacting solutions, and monitoring results. Providing resonant leadership.
Awareness Coaching typically follow a framework which ensures focus on:-
Vision: What do you really want
Goal: How will you know when you’ve succeeded?
Reality: What is happening now?
Options: What could you do?
Will: What will you do?
Thousands of clinical tests & research studies over the past 30 years provide clear evidence of its benefits. More importantly millions of people have the empirical evidence for themselves.
It has been found effective in reducing a variety of conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety. The typical mental attitudes linked to the practice (i.e. acting with awareness, non-judging and non-reactivity) increase the ability to cope with negative life events & reduce self-focused attention and negative self-beliefs.
Mindfulness has been shown to reduce the physiological and psychological reactions to stress including excessive arousal and emotional reactivity. Regular practice affects the brain’s neural pathways and moderatesactivation of the amygdala, the brain structure crucial in stress responses, making mindfulness meditators more resilient.
While mostly connected to benefits of calming the mind, meditation has also been shown to increase our capacity to think creatively. Researchers in the Netherlands showed that mindfulness meditation has a positive effect on convergent and divergent thinking, both connected to creativity.
Meditation has been shown to contribute to improved physical conditions, stronger immune systems, better sleep and an overall enhanced sense of wellbeing and happiness. Researchers even discovered that it can slow down the ageing process, by protecting the decline of telomeres, which slow cellular ageing
Mindfulness enables people to bring more attention to relationships, boosting their empathy and compassion. People who practice are able to express themselves better, reacting less to relationship conflicts, and less likely to think negatively of their partners as a result.
Mindfulness involves cultivating the capacity to 'attend to' the situation at hand. Across a range of contexts it has been shown to improve attention, learning and performance. Research shows enhanced levels of cognitive flexibility and improved executive functioning.
I was previously a banker for 40 years at RBS, with decades of experience running large corporate client relationships in and around the City.
Rewarding though this was I sometimes felt ‘there must be more to life than this?’, and although this thought stayed largely in the background, I was drawn to investigate further. Discovering more of myself through the Hoffman Process and subsequently finding meditation helped calm my thinking and focus as I worked through a subsequent period of personal challenge.
Of course the benefits weren’t restricted to private life, but were also there to help navigate through the pace and complexity of corporate life, and wanting to find out more I continued to explore the psychology, philosophy and spirituality underlying meditation.
Becoming better aware of the potential that mindfulness meditation could offer others on their developmental journeys I was fortunate and in my last two years at RBS to retrain with Whitewater as an Association of Coaching Accredited Leadership Coach, supporting a programme of sustainable cultural change within the Bank. I really enjoyed this role guiding leaders to access their full potentiality and began sharing information on mindfulness with others in a series of talks and workshops, subsequently leaving to pursue this path to a wider community.
I’ve been practising mindfulness meditation since 2004 attending teacher led retreats each year at Gaia House, Western Chan or Triratna, and also attending regular talks, workshops and group meetings across a range of traditions. I subsequently trained at London Meditation and qualified as a certified Mindfulness-based Awareness Coach as recognised by the Association for Coaching, and MBSR qualified Mindfulness-based Application Teacher (MATT), as recognised by the UK Mindfulness Teacher Trainer Network.
I‘m currently undertaking a 12 month Graduate Certificate Foundation training at The Pscychosynthesis Trust.