• Mindfulness is a way of becoming more present in your life, not lost in the thoughts of the future or the regrets of the past. It is a process that can change your life should you commit to it.

Thank you for being curious about my Mindfulness page.

I have practiced Mindfulness since 2013 and began to incorporate it into my counselling work in 2014. Here in Calderdale and Kirklees, there are few places offering Mindfulness services. I had local training in Huddersfield, at Kindmind and now provide support, training and meditations for anyone interested in learning more.

Mindfulness is a way of becoming more present in your life, not lost in the thoughts of the future or the regrets of the past. It is a process that can change your life should you commit to it.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a way of becoming more present in your life, not lost in the thoughts of the future or the regrets of the past. It is a process that can change your life should you commit to it.

Local work in Brighouse

I can offer bespoke Mindfulness workshops in my counselling rooms in Brighouse. This is a calm space for meditation and discussion.

Introduction to Mindfulness. Available in Brighouse, a balance of theory, shared experience and meditations.

Huddersfield and Halifax

Mindfulness can be taken anywhere and I can provide a service to local businesses or groups at venues more convenient for you.

Definitions of Mindfulness

The most commonly used definition is one by Jon Kabat-Zinn who inspired the mindfulness therapies (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy MBCT) that are now available in the UK

‘Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally’
Jon Kabat-Zinn

However, these two definitions may also help.
Mindfulness is developing the willingness and capacity to stand equally with all experience with kindness, curiosity and discernment.
Christina Feldman

Most of our time our attention is not where we intend it to be. Our attention is hijacked by our thoughts and emotions, by our concerns, by our worries for the future and by our regrets and memories of our past. Mindful awareness is about learning to pay attention, in the present moment and without judgement. It’s like training a muscle, training attention to where you want it to be. This reduces our tendency to work on autopilot, allowing us to choose how we respond and act.
Mark Williams.

Although being mindful can be described as being in the moment, it is equally about doing so without judgement and with curiosity.

Jon Kabat Zinn describes 7-attributes of mindfulness-
Beginners mind, Non-judgemental, Trust, Letting-go, Non-striving, Acceptance, Patience.
These are described beautifully in a poem.
This tree is perfect
Planted solid, it’s hard, patterned trunk fixed.
The bark a love heart engraved, its own tattoo.
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If you approach Mindfulness with a similar set of attitudes you will find an increased sense of calm and peace, an ability to let things be as they are.

Like all new things it is often easier and more satisfying to experience in a group, and so I can arrange bespoke workshops for friends, and work colleagues should you wish.

Services available in Calderdale and Kirklees for those interested in Mindfulness

Counselling and psychotherapy incorporating Mindfulness available in Brighouse
Group Workshops

 

Introduction to Mindfulness

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Available in Brighouse, a balance of theory, shared experience and meditations.

Mindfulness for stress and anxiety

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This series of 4 workshops in Brighouse or for businesses in Halifax & Huddersfield (where venues can be provided), explore why we suffer from anxiety and stress, and how it effects our life. Mindfulness meditations and practices are taught and a daily practice is encouraged.
This is NOT an MBSR or MBCT course.

Mindful Eating

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A series of workshops that tackle some of the more common problems people have with food, for example; snacking, binging, frequent dieting. The workshops are focused on understanding our habits and how to change the choices we make surrounding food. Work will be done on some of the emotions around food.

It is particularly important in this workshop that participants feel able to share their experiences.

Bespoke Workshops in Brighouse, Huddersfield or Halifax

I offer bespoke packages incorporating mindfulness. These can be for friends with a similar interest, or for groups of staff within an organisation. You may be in a position to offer mindfulness to customers if your organisation deals with clients who are stressed and anxious, for example family solicitors, estate agents.

 

In-house introduction to mindfulness and meditations

Supporting your customers through mindfulness

Tailor made group workshops

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

From March 2018 the validated 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is available. This will be held several times during the year depending on demand. The MBSR programme has been developed over the last 30 years to provide evidence based guidance and support to aid the relief of anxiety, stress and some types of chronic pain.
For dates and to express an interest please contact me.

 

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Bookings and Enquiries for Mindfulness Workshops