“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery”
– Mark Van Doren
Since I was a late teenager I have had a keen interest in Buddhist and Taoist perspectives. There is no doubt that this exposure to some very ancient teachings helped guide me onto the path of mindfulness that I find myself on today. That said my teaching is secular and the courses are for everyone regardless or race or creed.
When I experienced the loss of my father then mother I began to look for a practice that I could adopt and carry with me on a daily basis. I was in a highly stressful job and I was looking for something to aid a low mood, lack of focus and general feelings of low self- esteem and disempowerment. That something was the practice of mindfulness.
I read a book entitled ‘Mindfulness in Plain English’, by a well-known Buddhist scholar- Bhante Guarantana. This book is written for everyone. It is light yet profound and explains the ancient practices of mindfulness (and their benefits) in a whole- hearted and accessible way. I began practicing daily. Also at this time I began a regular yoga asana practice, which has enabled me to come back into my body, to fully embrace it. I had been living up in my head – too much ! The yoga compliments the mindfulness practices beautifully. It has been my keen interest to fuse together the physical postures of yoga with mindful meditation techniques.
Five years on I’ve moved my professional focus to the delivery of mindfulness-based courses. I teach in schools, universities, community centers and retreats. The courses I teach are secular in their approach. They are rooted in clinical research and the Mindfulness Based Stress reduction (MBSR) is credited to Jon Kabat Zinn, whose pioneering work includes the tomes – Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever you Go There You are.
I adhere to the UK Guidelines for Best Practices for teaching mindfulness based courses.
Mindfulness meditation practices are simple yet quite challenging. They require commitment and a hunger, a hunger to be the best possible version of yourself!
As the Buddha himself said- Come, see for yourself! Make your own mind up!