WHY I TEACH MINDFULNESS
Growing up I was surrounded by many school teachers in my family. I saw first hand the burnout that can occur in caring professions. Since then I myself have worked for many years as a healthcare assistant followed by as a doctor. Again in this role I have seen the effect of working in a stressful environment and going above and beyond for those we care for. This inspired me to find research supported techniques to tackle burnout in those in caring professions within our society.
Mindfulness supports resilience and compassion in those who practice it. It enables practitioners to support their own well-being and maintain their own resources while increasing their compassion to support those that they care for.
I specialise in mindfulness for health care professionals and have been teaching mindfulness to NHS staff since 2014. I also carried out research in this area.
I have been practising mindfulness myself for 20 years. I have received training to work with children and adults. I have also received meditation training from many Buddhist teachers including Theravadan Thai monks, the western school of Triratna, as well as other Buddhist teachers and western teachers.
Research has shown that caring for those in pain, we experience part of their pain ourselves. As anyone who has worked in a caring role will know. Research has also shown that through the practice of compassion taught in mindfulness we can learn to experience love rather than pain while caring for others.
The mindfulness-based learning course is designed for everybody, it is not a therapeutic course which requires self identification as stressed or as struggling with mental health problems. Rather it is a course designed to create lifelong mindfulness. It also has a particular emphasis on compassion which is key for those working in healthcare roles.
“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.”
I've been practicing mindfulness for 20 years and started to teach in 2014. As well as my Mindfulness Association training I have studied under several Buddhist teachers.
I started my mindfulness training with the Mindfulness Association in 2013. I am trained to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course, an 8 week Mindfulness course. I teach within the Good Practice Guidelines and have regular supervision. I support my personal practice with several mindfulness retreats a year including silent, solitary and art retreats.
I spent my first years as a teacher teaching mindfulness to healthcare staff in the NHS and students. I have carried out research into the effect of mindfulness on healthcare staff and resilience. When I'm not teaching Mindfulness in St Werburghs I work in the NHS.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.