Moving through some significant life and health challenges, I found myself searching for something that could help support me to develop a greater connection and balance within. A holistic practitioner first introduced me to meditation over 15 years ago. From there I began to research mindful meditation and its benefits. This has led me on a wondrous educational and emotional building journey, joining several different local meditation groups over the years, attending occasional weekend retreats and also following global inspirational teachers like Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg and Thich Nhat Hahn amongst others via YouTube and also using apps like Insight Timer and Headspace.
Developing my daily mindful meditation practice has helped me to notice simple presence, be aware of where I am and what I am doing, and not be overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around me. I’ve also become a happier and more balanced person in all areas of my life, and I am filled with gratitude each day for my practice. I am incredibly passionate about sharing the transformative power of meditation, mindfulness and other contemplative practices to those who seek to live and work with calm, balance, focus, clarity, wellbeing, presence, and the full capacity of our rational and intuitive mind.
I’ve felt compelled to share my knowledge and experience for several years now. My decision to become a registered counsellor from my studies with The Institute of Applied Psychology enables me to offer a trauma sensitive approach in a caring environment across all my services. Furthering my knowledge with the achievement of my Post Graduate Diploma in mindfulness and meditation offers something different but grounded. In our fast paced world filled with people DOING there seems to be no time left for us to simply BE. My goal is to offer a space where you can simply BE. Your nervous system can move to a rest state and find a place of calm and peace.
Clients can also feel confident that I have a grounded, professional and solid foundation – and that I facilitate each session or practice with compassion, supporting each clients individual journey with heartfelt care, encouragement and validation.
Mindfulness and meditation teaches you to pay attention to what’s happening inside and outside of you in the present moment. It’s non-judgmental and greeted with a gentle acceptance. You can begin by simply taking a pause or a breath. With practice, it can also enhance your mental clarity and performance. If you’re searching for a way to feel more relaxed and balanced – or maybe you feel trapped in habits that aren’t serving your relationships at work or at home – mindful meditation can be a way to change these areas by arriving in the present moment with awareness. Mindfulness practice can bring a deeper connection and understanding with ourselves, assist us to be more centered and grounded, create a feeling where we are at home with ourselves and others, and to be comfortable in our own skin.
Our mind is involved in everything we do. It governs our thoughts, emotions, behaviour, perspective and engagement with the world. It also influences our personality, experience, relationships, creativity and happiness. Scientific research has proven that the long-term benefits of meditation are greater self-control, enhanced flexibility, equanimity, improved concentration and mental clarity, emotional intelligence and the ability to relate to others and one’s self with kindness, acceptance and compassion. Looking after my mind is the best investment I have made for my health and wellbeing, for when my mind works well everything within me works well.