Train with me this winter

Come train with me this Winter! ❄️ There are so many options out there now to learn meditation 🧘🏻‍♀️🧘🏼‍♂️ I can offer you tried and tested courses that not only teach you to meditate but will give you experience in deep relaxation, self-compassion and happiness practices that are backed by neuroscience🧠 I also offer classes that will help you to continue to practice once you have learnt some basic techniques. For those with experience already I offer deepening you practice retreats (not advertised here). I also give introductory sessions to organisations and workplaces as well as talks and experience sessions for things like mental health week. I have 15 years experience teaching wellbeing including yoga, a Masters in Mindfulness based approaches (from Bangor University, 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿) and extensive training with the Plum Village sangha and numerous teachers and organisationsworldwide including @rickhansonphd neuroscience @christophergermerphd self-compassion @mindsprings @tonyrobbins @bangor_university @oxford_uni to name just a few! Have you checked the training and experience of your teacher? 👩🏻‍🏫 It’s so important that they are continuously training, practising developing. I’m listed with the mindfulness teachers association in the UK and the separate professional teachers association in Ireland and on 🥰I’d love to see you in class this winter just book online via this page  🙏💖 @ Belfast City Centre

Do not die just because of one emotion

The 10 September was World Suicide Prevention day (when this was posted on my Instagram and Facebook).

In 2017 over 6000 people in the UK and Ireland died of suicide, an average of 18 a day 😢 Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can help. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that ‘it’s ok to talk’ can make a huge difference.

There are many charities who work everyday to help us and to help the relatives and friends who have lost loved ones. There are too many to list here but ones I have worked with include: the call📲 116 123 for free and the Lighthouse who offer counselling call: 02890 9075 5070 

I’ve used the image of Thich Nhat Hanh’s calligraphy ‘do not die just because of one emotion’ because I think it is an important message for us. When we feel bad, sad or in despair When there is grief & loss, when we feel hopeless & helpless it is a very lonely place. We need to know 3 very important things:

1) This WILL pass. (Read Matt Haig’s book ‘reasons to stay alive)

2) everyone suffers, you are not alone. It is impossible to go through life without experiencing difficulties and strong emotions. It is the thing that unites us as human beings, we all suffer and feel pain. It is our common humanity. 

3) the only appropriate response to suffering is kindness and compassion. When you yourself are suffering this is called self-kindness or self-compassion. Reach out and ask for help. Treat yourself the way you would treat your best friend and just as importantly talk to yourself with kindness and understanding. 💗