There was something missing. I’d worked professionally for over twenty years in mental health, am a trained artist, mother and grandmother yet, a few years ago, I felt as though an unidentifiable 'something' was absent. I wasn’t depressed, although I’m no stranger to depression and anxiety, I was retired from running my business therefore no work stress,
so what was IT?
Since my twenties, I had practiced various forms of meditation but had limited success in maintaining a regular practise. Then, about ten years ago, a friend introduced me to the work of Jon Kabat Zinn.
In the late 1970's Jon Kabat Zinn, a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, developed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme to help people with chronic health conditions. It is said that his work was the catalyst for the recent growth in secular mindfulness throughout the western world.
Having tried all the JKZ cd’s and teach-yourself mindfulness books available, the realisation dawned that I needed to ‘learn how to do it properly’. Signing up for an 8-week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course at Oxford University's Mindfulness Centre (OMC) enabled me to develop the mindfulness practice that, for me and so many others, has been life transforming.
‘Am I too old at 65 to learn how to teach this?’ I asked my daughter one day. Her answer was ‘Hilary Clinton is older than you and trying to become president of the USA’. It didn’t do Hilary much good but that was my call to action.
In 2017 I signed up and began the intense training to teach evidence-based Mindfulness courses ie Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and MBCT through the world renowned Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University.
I’m delighted to be able to share these courses and as a listed teacher with the
British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA),
abide by their Good Practice Guidelines