Those of you who have been on my list for any length of time will know my business has had something of a rocky road over the last five years or so. It all started when my poor mother developed Alzheimer’s; I had to shut down the business to care for her and keep her from being put in a home. Around that time, my partner Sally and I were almost killed in our sleep. The Post Traumatic Stress from that incident went on for several years and was almost too much to bear at times and I am not embarrassed to admit that I felt suicidal on more than one occasion. More recently, my father is now in the late stages of Parkinson’s and leukaemia – he requires 24 hour care and I recently moved in with him to facilitate this.
The reason I’m telling you all this is not to gain sympathy. Far from it – it’s to tell you about the method I have used to cope during what have easily been the most traumatic and testing 5 years of my life, and to tell you that I will soon be offering training in this marvellous, life-changing tool to help teachers cope with the stress of working in today’s tough classrooms. I have never felt more passionate about anything in my life purely because I have never known anything have such a positive impact on me. This can quite literally change your life – as it has mine.
I first discovered meditation more than 15 years ago and recently my partner Sally and I undertook a teacher training course in Zen meditation and mindfulness. Very soon our training will be complete and I will be offering training in schools, to private clients and online, using live tutorials and Q and A sessions.
There is currently a LOT of talk about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation and I noticed today that it is already being used in schools to great effect: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/mar/04/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-meditation
This is all very good; I am so pleased to see this happening because I know the benefits will be far-reaching for students but the purpose of my email today is to gauge interest in my forthcoming online course for TEACHERS and other education professionals….
Meditation & Mindfulness for Teachers & Education Professionals
Who is the course suitable for?
I am aiming this course specifically at teachers and education professionals because I know full-well of the extreme stress and strain that teachers are under in today’s classrooms. The course will be of great benefit if you…
- Are short of time and often find yourself rushing to meet deadlines
- Have difficulty sleeping
- Find it hard to concentrate on tasks
- Feel as though there is something ‘missing’ from your life
- Over react or lose your temper in stressful situations
- Feel that stress is affecting your health
- Feel that workload is getting on top of you
The course will run online as a live workshop for 8 weeks. There will be two sessions per week – one will be a tutorial to explain the technique and the second will be a live Q and A session to answer any queries along the way. You will learn several techniques for bringing mindfulness and present moment awareness into your everyday life together with FOUR different meditation techniques. The meditations can each be performed while walking, standing, lying or sitting. As little as half an hour a day using these techniques can bring about profound changes and you’ll be able to use the techniques for the rest of your life.
While I have to be careful for legal reasons of citing benefits, these are the improvements I’ve noticed in my own life since using these techniques:
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- Increased focus and clarity of thought
- Decreased emotional reactivity
- Ability to ‘rise above’ life’s turmoil and remain calm and centered even in the most stressful situations
- A deep connection with your sense of self
- Increase in general happiness
If you are interested in learning the techniques which have quite literally saved my sanity please leave your name and email in the box below and I will contact you shortly with details about the program. If you have any questions just leave them in the comment box below