Happy continuation dear Thay 🙏❤️

The 11 October was my teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s 93rd birthday. We say ‘happy continuation’ as Thay teaches there is no birth and no death – only continuation.

I am so grateful for the causes and conditions that caused his manifestation in this crazy world. He is a shining embodiment of deep practice, compassion and love. Thank you for your teaching of wisdom and compassion dear Thay.

Without Thay millions around the world would not know about the practice of mindfulness. When he was in Ireland in 2012 the Irish Times called him the ‘grandfather of mindfulness’. He is a Zen Master, a scholar and a poet. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King. And he’s also a happy gardener as he said ‘if I did not plant lettuce I could not write poems’ 🥬 

I would not be teaching mindfulness if were not for Thay and the Plum Village community he founded. I have been so, so fortunate to benefit from his precious teachings, I vow to continue to keep practicing and sharing the practice as best as I can.

On one retreat Thay told us that the best way to take care of him is to take care of ourselves, I know when I am being and breathing mindfully Thay is with me 🙏 🍀

I took this picture (above) on the 21 Day retreat with Thay in June 2014 at Plum Village, France, where he was giving 2 hour talks 5 days a week! He suffered a massive stroke in November 2014 but is doing well and now living back in his root temple in Hue, Vietnam 🇻🇳 where I lucky enough to visit with him and the sangha in 2007💗

If you would like to find out more about Thay and his teachings, please go to www.plumvillage.org

List of NI based counsellors

Mindfulness training is therapeutic NOT therapy but sometimes the message gets confused. And sometimes it’s not easy to know where to go for counselling. SO I put a call out on my Immeasurable Minds Facebook page for local counsellors, as I sometimes need to refer my mindfulness clients on to counselling and I want to make it as easy as possible for them.  

I’ve done my best to provide as many helpful links as I can, it took me some time to look up all the links, please clink on the highlighted and underlined words for the websites. If you want your name or counsellor added here please write to me with the name and contact details and corresponding weblink, I will update this post when I can.

It is a good idea to do a mindfulness course alongside your counselling especially if the counselling understands mindfulness but only if your not currently in acute suffering. All my classes are listed here.

The ones listed below are the ones that came back from my call out. I have not used any of these services personally and am not endorsing anyone in particular. All are listed alphabetical order by first name. Please do your own research and use your own discretion when making an appointment. It seems that often people need to try a few counsellors before they find the one that is right for them. Some counsellors also specialise in certain topics.

You can ask your GP to refer you for free 6 sessions counselling on the NHS, unfortunately there is often a waiting list which is why you may wish to go private or use a free service.

Afterthoughts NI – particularly for Birth Trauma I received this testimonial – “for individual and couple counselling following traumatic birth experience, absolutely amazing, I spent over 5 years searching for the right person and it was Anne Marie! Based over at Source Wellbeing Centre, a truly incredible lady! She has links to Ulster Hospital Maternity Unit but for anyone who had children elsewhere there doesn’t seem to be any support but thankfully she does private work too.”

Caim Counselling, Carrickfergus

Colin Counselling, Poleglass

Cruse Bereavement Care offer free counselling for the Bereaved.

Lifeline the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help. Ring 0808 808 8000

The Lighthouse, Belfast – particularly for people experiencing suicide or self-harm.

Nexus NI University Street, Belfast for survivors of sexual violence and abuse.

Pips Charity – PIPS Charity is here to provide support to individuals who are considering, or who have at some point considered, ending their own lives. PIPS also provide support to those families & friends who have been touched by suicide

The Samaritans116 123 Free from any phone – a listening service.

For a list of (recommended by Facebook messages) current NI counsellors in private practice click here.

For updates on this list please go to https://www.immeasurableminds.co.uk/info/mindfulness-for-wellbeing/

Thank you, Bridgeen x

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 @mtai.ie 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 bemindful.org 🥰I’d love to see you in class this winter just book online via this page www.immeasurableminds.co.uk/classes  🙏💖 @ Belfast City Centre