Helping you to find peace within yourselves
For the past 6 years I have been running a meditation and relaxation group in Larkhall and more recently ‘Wellbeing Day Retreats’ from my home.
During these I guide and support people to experience more peace, calm and contentment in their lives. We are often caught up in stories from our pasts and worries about our lives and futures, therefore I assist people to bring their awareness to their breath and their bodies, which helps to reduce their thinking and worries.
As our minds are very imaginative, I also guide with visualisation, using colour and all the senses, to encourage the experience of beneficial positive feelings and emotions.
All in all these days give people an opportunity to have some ‘freedom’ from their busy minds and busy lives and to learn some calming coping strategies. Please see below for future dates of my Wellbeing Days.
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Meditation focuses on the breath. You concentrate on your breath as you are guided into relaxation of all the parts of your body. As your body relaxes, the mind follows.
Your mind enters an alpha brainwave level which is a deeper state of consciousness.
The constant chatter of your thoughts slow down as you focus on specific breathing techniques, body sensations, visual images or sounds.
HOW CAN MEDITATION HELP YOU?
- It is a natural way to gain relief from mind and body stress and disharmony.
- It helps you to feel calm, balanced, empowered, enlightened, revitalised, invigorated and uplifted.
- Stress can be the cause of countless emotional and physical symptoms, therefore stress-reduction methods like meditation reduce stress-associated illnesses and diseases.
- It enhances your immune system, reduces anxiety attacks, lowers blood pressure, increases your ability to cope in stressful situations, reduces pain.
- It improves your life by allowing you to connect with your creativity and intuition, giving you clarity of your goals and purpose in life.
- By slowing down your thoughts, switching off the incessant chatter of your mind, you raise your awareness, you connect with your inner self and feel the peace within the present moment.
Eastern Cultures have taught and used Meditation as a tool for wellbeing for many centuries and gradually its benefits are becoming more understood and taught in our stress-ridden Western world. In the past, meditation has been seen as a spiritual practice but we are now understanding the incredible stress-relief advantages of coming into a space of ‘present moment awareness’ as a more secular practice, with scientifically proven benefits for a long list of illnesses, mental or physical.
The practice of Mindfulness meditation has its roots in Buddhism, but is taught and can be practiced in a non-religious way, however maintaining the awareness of kindness and compassion for ourselves and others. Mindfulness meditation simply means ‘bringing one’s attention to the present moment and noticing and allowing any thoughts or feelings to occur without resistance’. The practice of Mindfulness can be challenging due to the nature of our busy minds, however the benefits and peace that can be attained quite quickly are well-worth the practice. For Mindfulness Teaching in Schools please go to MiSP.
Wellbeing Day Retreat Dates:-
21 April 2018 @ 10am-4.30pm Gloucester
03 June 2018 @ 10am-4.30pm South Wraxall, Bradford on Avon
If you would like to come to a Wellbeing Day or would like me to run one in your village or organisation, please contact me on 07979 648695 or email me at email@example.com.
“The well-being and mindfulness day which Nicky hosted was absolutely fantastic. The environment was very calm and relaxing, and Nicky made me feel at ease throughout. As someone who struggles to relax and switch off, Nicky really helped me focus on my breathing and stretching to enable me to relax and forget about any worries and stress of every day life. I would thoroughly recommend this course and Nicky was great as an instructor.” JS
“The day retreat was a rare chance to invest in myself. I found the time spent winding down and focussing on being in the present rather than fretting about the future both nourishing and calming. At the end of the day I felt unshackled and realised how exhausted I was from trying to control the uncontrollable.” KB
“Just to say thank you so much for the Well Being day at the beginning of February. It was AMAZING and so good for my head. I hadn’t realised until we started the day quite how tense I was and how knotted my shoulders were but after the breathing, guided visualisation, relaxation and meditation activities throughout the day I felt like a new woman! I felt completely de stressed and my tight neck and shoulders had entirely cleared. I have been using the deep focused breathing and relaxing from my toes up strategies since and am managing to maintain my level of calm so I guess they are strategies for life that will work for me.” CW