I am a teacher and student of Mindful Meditation based in West Sussex.
In my previous career I worked for 23 years as a professional for a large building society. I was happy in my work and home so it was a great surprise to me to find myself suffering and displaying the effects of stress. In my search for self-help I came to discover Mindful Meditation.
I was initially attracted to it because it is secular and research based. Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and Center of Mindfulness In Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His name is synonymous with Mindfulness. He said, “Mindfulness is simple, but it is not easy”. This was another great attraction for me. Anyone can meditate, all you need is a mind, your breath and maybe a mat or chair. It is simple. What can make it difficult is that it requires discipline. For meditation to work, you actually need to do it, regularly. This is why I decided to become a teacher. I could see the effects of stress, depression and anxiety all around me in our society. I knew that I had skills as an adviser, coach and communicator from my previous career and so I applied and was accepted by the Sussex Mindfulness Centre (NHS Partnership Trust) for their Mindfulness Teacher programme.
As a teacher of Mindful Meditation I have been able to deepen my own personal practice. By offering courses and a regular weekly drop in session I am also able to help others long term with their own discipline.
It should be noted that as at the time of writing there is no official recognised qualification for Mindful Meditation Teaching. However, regulation, I am sure will come in the future. I chose my teaching course with this in mind, and ensured that it is one that will be recognised in the future. I conduct my teaching in line with the Good Practice Guidelines. My intention is to be eligible for any official registration whenever that should happen.