Heart Awakening is all about turning towards our own direct felt experience with curiosity, love and kindness to understand the knots that we have habitually tied. Those knots that hold you back to feel, to breathe, to be alive to life. Heart Awakening is a journey into our heart to help us untie those knots one by one. Becoming our own best friend and extending this friendship out into the world through new found lenses. All thanks to the gift of mindfulness.
All that is needed is your presence, trust, patience and a curious mind to begin your journey. A beautiful heart awakening.
At 12 years old I lost my father to suicide, a few years later at the age of 17, I also lost my brother to suicide and was left heartbroken. To experience such sudden loss at such a young age, had an impact on me and started to affect my mental health.
In my adolescent years I started to develop self-destructive coping mechanisms and this carried on into my adult life. Along the way I had many different psychological therapies but it was Compassion Focused Therapy that really helped me turn towards all of pain and suffering with love and kindness. Now I am in recovery which I have been now for five years. Recovery to me means that I still experience intense emotions, they come and go like waves but just not as often. The difference is that now, I am able to sail through those stormy waters when they do arise, helping me to keep moving forward, blossoming.
Whilst having this therapy we touched upon mindfulness and as learning be more compassionate towards myself helped me immensely, I was curious and wanted to learn more. This led me to the Manchester Buddhist Centre and here I saw a poster to train as a Mindfulness Teacher with Breathworks (Breathworks are a globally recognised training provider and compassion is at the heart of their approach), this attracted me and what a journey that was.
So now I am Buddhist and I am a trained Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher. All of this has truly helped even more whilst in recovery, especially being confident and having the safe conditions in place to turn towards my own suffering. Helping me to untie the knots that have held me back from being alive to life, again and again. It’s been a painfully beautiful journey for me but one I am so grateful for, as now I am able to help alleviate suffering in the world by understanding my own.
If you would like to receive the gift of mindfulness or hear my own personal experience to help bring some; hope, positivity, awareness and understanding, let’s connect.
In this one hour taster session we will explore briefly how mindfulness can help alleviate the pressures we can sometimes feel in the workplace. Specifically, with feelings and sensations of stress and anxiety. It is proven that mindfulness can help reduce these struggles we commonly have, enabling us to be more focused, productive and most importantly, living a healthier mindful life.
This session will also touch upon the theory and science behind mindfulness and provide the opportunity to have a direct felt experience of this through a guided meditation.
A session dedicated to mindfulness practice. Here, time will be offered to arrive, settle and be guided through a 20 minute breathing and body scan meditation. First we will focus on the breath, sensing where we can feel this move within the body and then we will focus on sensations within the body. These meditations are proven to help us feel calmer and relaxed, which support us to create a sense of openness to work with the day ahead in much more mindful way.
Important noticed to read before considering this course:
About the course
This 8-week course has been carefully crafted to provide a supportive learning environment within a friendly group setting. Here you will be taught tools to support your emotional resilience and wellbeing, helping you to live a healthier, happier life. Turning towards any difficulty with a sense of kindness and compassion. All this will help you build a healthier relationship with yourself and those around you too. Helping you to be more focused, productive and truly present, engaged in life.
This course is broken down into a number of key steps which will focus on the theory behind mindfulness in more depth. There will also be relevant practical examples under each stage which will help bring the theory to life.
What will I be provided with?
At the first session you will be given a workbook and a set of CDs (or a link, whichever is preferable) for home practice and to keep for ongoing daily practice after the course has ended.
I have delivered a number of talks to Recovery Groups and organisations on my own mental health journey to recovery, a flavour of my style can be found below. If you would like for me to come and share this journey for your local recovery group or organisation, please contact me directly for fees and further information.
Prices for all the above will be provided upon request
No upcoming events are scheduled.
If you feel the services I provide have helped in any way, there is a link below to give a donation. This will help me continue to share the gift of mindfulness. Thank you.
Sometimes we need immediate emotional support either for ourselves, a loved one or someone we know.
There are a number of useful mental health helplines listed below who are set up to provide this:
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, and 2pm to 5pm on weekends)
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare
Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)