Mindfulness day

 

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Hello everyone,

Lovely to see you here again πŸ˜ƒ

This picture was of a very sleepy me on the train first thing this morning.

Today has been a lovely and very fulfilling day for me. It was the last of four sessions of the Mindfulness for Health course that I have been supporting up at the Manchester Buddhist Centre.

The day has had a lovely feel to it.

The relationships and connections that participants on the course had built with each other over the past eight weeks has been heart warming and really lovely to witness.

Having chronic pain, or another chronic health condition, certainly in my own experience can be extremely socially isolating. So there is something so beneficial and special about having that shared group experience of meditating whilst on a meditation course such as this one. Cultivating an open heart and a sense of shared humanity…

As well as bringing the concepts of the course together, today was about recognising our mindfulness toolkit. So what we had learnt from the course and what we would like to carry forward into the future…

Top of my list was random acts of kindness. I try to do these as often as possible in my daily life, things like genuinely complimenting people, or thanking them for things that I appreciate about them. Also, and this is my specialty here – offering to make them a cup of tea/ coffee.

I feel that these acts of compassion and kindness have a rippling out effect. Helping you and the other person to feel better and fostering deeper and more genuine connections. Both on a personal and a professional level.

Then I realised that I hadn’t written self-kindness and self-compassion. As most of you who follow my blog will know that I write quite often about self-care. Self-kindness and self-compassion is definitely an important part of self-care in my opinion.

Self-kindness for me is noticing and appreciating the positive aspects of my experience and staying with it.

This could include keeping a daily gratitude journal. Being outside in nature and really soaking in my surroundings.

I don’t know if those of you in the UK have noticed the beautiful colours in the sky this past week? They have been absolutely stunning! This video was shared with me by a friend. I think it really illustrates the beautiful sky, I hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

Certainly another part of self-kindness and compassion for myself will be to re-look at pacing and to find a sustainable balance between periods of work, play and rest. Starting a new job has meant that my schedule has been very hectic recently whilst I find my feet in my new role.

Here are some lovely graphics that I’ve found about mindful self-compassion, this is something that I would definitely like to do more reading around, as I believe it can be very healing:

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Finally, I wanted to share that I had the fantastic opportunity today to lead a body scan meditation.

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I was very nervous as I was leading it in front of Andrea the lead teacher and senior Breathworks trainer of the course. Andrea is someone who has been so kind and supportive to me throughout my teacher training journey. I wanted to show her how far I have come in my development and also I wanted to lead a meditation that the course participants would hopefully enjoy! The feedback that I received was positive and I hope to use this experience as a positive springboard with which to prepare for and deliver my own Mindfulness for Health course.

I hope to deliver my own course in mid-September 2018. So if you, or anyone you know is interested and live in Milton Keynes, or the surrounding areas please do get in touch with me for further details.

This is me and Andrea. Taken on the recent Mindfulness for Health immersion retreat:

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As ever if you have any questions, please get in touch!

Hope you all have a lovely and mindful week,

Until next time,

Warm wishes,

MaryΒ πŸ™‚

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