Free Mindfulness Taster Session: 17th MAY 7.30 – 9pm

Come along to a  FREE Mindfulness Taster session .
To contribute to Mental Health Awareness Weeks, I will be running a free  mindfulness taster session on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at 7.30- 9pm. It will be held at the Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Community Centre, 311 Stonegate Road, Leeds LS17 6AZ.

You can book directly on eventbrite at the following link 
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mind-over-matter-an-introduction-to-how-mindfulness-can-help-you-tickets-24283307025

MYRIAD PROJECT

This is the Oxford University Centre for Mindfulness Project for Mindfulness  and Resilience in Adolescents (or MYRIAD). There is considerable interest in teaching teenagers mindfulness as the most common age of first onset of any mental issues is now peaking at 13-15 years of age,which is a shocking statistic.  Would teaching mindfulness to all teenagers in a school setting  as part of the curriculum help prevent some anixety or depression delveopping  in the future? Would being able to manage their minds better helps to increase well being for this  part of the population?  The aim of  a large Welcome Trust funded reseach project is to study exactly this on a large scale and  I am very excited that I am one of the teachers selected to  teach on this prestigous project. I will be teaching gorups of teachers in schools in around Yorkshire and then these teachers (after a period of developing and consolidating their own practice) will be trained to teach teenagers. The outcomes in both staff and students will be measured.

Are you living life on autopilot?

Developing mindfulness skills can help you  see better how your thoughts can drive  feelings and behaviours.   Do you ever really notice what you are thinking when you talk to yourself (and yes everyone has some kind of self talk going on their heads)?  For example,  ‘ I have to get this done now’. We think it, believe it and react by chasing off on yet another task. Often the task will need doing but sometimes not, or at least not now this instant. Our behaviour is driven by the thought that often we didnt’ know we had been thinking! We are often not aware of what we think to ourselves and developing those awareness skills by practising mindfulness is the first step to having a choice about how we behave rather than just going through life on autopilot….. respond rather than react.

Mindfulness in Schools

Many people who learn mindfulness say they wish they had learnt it sooner.  The Mindfulness in Schools Project aims to extend mindfulness teaching in schools via its .b (Stop and Be) programm of mindfulness lessons aimed at year 9-12. If you might be interested to discuss mindfulness with school children, I am .b trained so do get in touch.

There is also a great 8 week course aimed specifically at adults who work with children (e.g. school teachers) which is having really beneficial impacts on staff in schools. If you school might be interested in a taster session on a staff inset day or after school, do get in touch and see what it is about.