‘Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally . . . in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.’ – Jon Kabat Zinn
Mindfulness is more than you think it is. Globally, becoming aware of the moment has helped an uncountable number of people find a powerful sense of peace. At our changing point in human history, the uncertainties of coronavirus, climate change, and political complexity, have compounded with ancient human problems of growth, decline, and loss.
Training in mindfulness involves practising ancient techniques, thousands of years old, and applying them to everyday life. Building up momentum, whether it is a “good day” or a “bad day”, mindfulness makes the warmth of the bath, the shine of the bubbles, and the coldness of the glass of water more alive. Our minds race with the future and the past, full of plans and fears, and pride and regret. Without mindfulness we believe most of our thoughts, and run on high levels of stress which can have catastrophic effects on our bodies.
The long-term fruits of this include a sharper sense of awareness, a willingness to be with the present moment and a sense of peace that can envelope us. To others, we are less stressed, less anxious, and even more empathic. We adopt a better relationship with our thoughts and “inner critic”, which can be an immense relief.
Clare Donegan is trained at an optimum level to deliver mindfulness-based sessions and courses. She trained for 4 years with the Centre of Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor university, 2015-2019. This training has enabled Clare to offer the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program or MBSR as it is more commonly called. http://www.claredonegan.com/mbsr/
She holds a Post-graduate certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches for incarcerated youth, Manchester University, 2014. She is trained to teach primary school aged children with the Paws B: Mindfulness in Schools project.
Prior to training in mindfulness-based approaches Clare worked as a Creative Producer and Workshop Leader both nationally and internationally with youth dance companies and a plethora of community-based youth initiatives.
“The difference between misery and happiness depends on what we do with our attention.” – Sharon Salzburg