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Mindfulness meditation is a fast growing and expanding, evidence based approach to help manage stress and demands of modern life. It is widely used in the health sector, schools and education, commerce and business, even Politicians in the Houses of Parliament are practicing it!!

I have been practicing mindfulness meditation for several years, and I have been running a variety of meditation groups from my own home over the last 7 years. Therefore it is my intention to offer a space for other mindfulness enthusiasts to experience and participate in mindfulness meditation within a group format. Also to offer a space for beginners to try and experience mindfulness meditation, in a safe, secure environment, where they don't need to exchange huge amounts of money prior to making a decision about developing Mindfulness skills.

So what is Mindfulness? When we become stressed or facing difficulty, we tend to react in ways that can sometimes make things worse. We try to avoid the situation or struggle to get rid of it, which can lead to additional problems and further frustration with ourselves.
 Mindfulness is about learning to be more aware of our moment-to-moment experience, bringing attention to our breath and body, and the world around us, without judgement. Instead of struggling to get to get rid of our difficulties, we learn to simply be with our immediate experience, as it is. When we are mindful, our attention is not drawn into past or future, we are not judging or rejecting our experience, and we become more fully present in our lives. Evidence shows it is effective in numerous areas, reducing stress, anxiety, recurrent depression, to name just a few.

Who is it for? Everyone! Mindfulness is known to benefit a range of health and psychological problems, however it is not necessary to have any specific health problems to find it helpful.

About me:
I have 20 years experience working in the NHS, I am a BABCP registered CBT Therapist, and Registered Nurse. I trained with
Bangor University, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice in 2011 to teach the 8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) undertaking intensive Teacher Training Retreats (level I & II) and additional Mindfulness training programmes. Since then I have taught numerous MBSR Courses and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Courses (MBCT) within the NHS and privately. I adhere to 
Best Practice Guidelines and have regular supervision.

Getting Started:
To begin with, I am offering a monthly mindfulness meditation drop-in and a beginners taster session. I have a venue in Chilworth, (other areas are Bitterne and City Centre) so hopefully we can get the ball rolling towards building a mindful community in Southampton.

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