I had an interesting few days in January, as I was on retreat in a lovely country house in the middle of the Devonshire countryside. This was the first stage of a mindfulness teaching programme. By the end of the year, I will be able to teach mindfulness as one of the “tools” I can offer my clients.
The programme is run by Youth Mindfulness. It will help deepen my understanding and practice of mindfulness, and enable me to teach mindfulness to others.
Mindfulness gives me time out from the stresses of life, thereby bringing me back to the present. It can help anyone to re-focus and achieve calm and peace in an ever-changing, stressful world. It involves paying attention to what is happening in the moment, in a non-judgemental, kind and accepting way. It helps us to respond to the difficulties and stresses of life in a more resilient way, and enables us to cope calmly with anything that life may throw at us.
I’m really excited and look forward to being able to share this deeper understanding with my clients, with whom I already share basic exercises in mindfulness. I find mindfulness combined with hypnosis to be very beneficial with issues such as stress, depression, anxiety and self-esteem.
I am really glad I have started this mindfulness teaching programme, and look forward to the next retreat.