Helping You Find Your Breath, So You Can Thrive
I am proud and honoured to be a known voice on Mindfulness in South West London. Over the last five years I have dedicated my focus and energy to bringing this important life skill, centred around your breath as a tool for stress relief, to over 4500 children and adults. Having re-designed my life after ‘finding’ my breath, I am committed to teaching others to find theirs, so they can thrive.
While living as a single mother of three and dementia carer, I have invested my time in championing mental health education and tools for everyone aged 7 to 70.
These same tools enabled me to transform the challenge of separation and childhood difficulties, into a force for my own happiness, as well as make an impact on the lives of others. By bringing the power of Mindfulness to children and adults, I have offered them a support in everyday life, and enabled them to embrace plan B, when things fall apart a little, as they often do. Plan B CAN be the life WE want to lead.
How has Mindfulness helped me and my family? After 20 mostly happy years with my husband, I abruptly found myself alone with our three children aged 7 to 12. The unexpected end of my marriage overwhelmed me temporarily with grief and opened the wound of the early loss of my father;
“I felt totally out of control and unwilling to accept that it was over. I didn’t have the emotional resilience to contemplate letting go. I cried every day for 120 days, including in front of my pupils and my children.”
Then seemingly by chance, I came across Ruby Wax’s autobiography on the shelf of the house I was holidaying in with the children in our beloved Algarve. Reading of Ruby’s own struggle with mental health and how Mindfulness had been her antidote, both desperate and determined, I promptly signing up at the Awareness Centre for an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. There, in just a matter of weeks, I found my breath.
By week two I had stopped crying.
Five years later, believing that I had found Mindfulness to help me get through my divorce, the onset of my mother’s dementia showed me that that was just a stepping stone for what lay ahead. Her condition has deepened and strengthened my Mindfulness, as I learn to patiently accept and sometimes even love, the powerless situation we are now in, let go of what was, and trust in what will be. Ironically this cruel illness that cuts people off from their lives, has helped me discover new levels of compassion and connectedness.
What I know for sure is that there is life not after, but with, childhood trauma, divorce and dementia. And even a Pandemic.
Irrespective of the cards life serves us, we can find grace. And so I recently completed my first book;
learning to Love yourself, Live in this moment and Lead the life you desire”
To kick start my journey towards half a century, last year I joined an Action Challenge team and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in January 2020. This tested my mindfulness and resilience as we trekked to 5895m, but also helped raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and awareness of the amazing work they do for people living with dementia.
Having never run before my late 30s, in 2021 I will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Alzheimer’s Society – you can follow my JustGiving page.
Let me help YOU find YOUR breath, so you too can THRIVE.
Learn to love yourself, live in this moment, and live the life you desire
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