Yes, I was just another stressed out west Londoner. Busy-ness and exhaustion was my badge of honour. I was infatuated with agitation. As a journalist, novelist and mother of three, I saw life as an uphill battle to be won. Littered with lists, relentless self-criticism and unfavourable comparison.
Until I read Professor Mark Williams book about Mindfulness. Everything he explained was obvious, but had escaped me. The decisiveness, calm, spaciousness, joy and time I gained from meditating snowballed over the next few years.
Finally, I took the plunge and went to study at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, at Oxford University.
I went on to teacher training with the internationally-acclaimed Mindfulness teachers Martin Alyward and Mark Coleman at the Mindfulness Training Institute.
I hope that I can share this precious but simple practice with you.
‘Mindful walking has been a revelation. I have less pain because I’ve not been tensing my feet with each step. I’ll alway have pain but this has made such a difference. It has been quite emotional.I am so pleased I joined your course!’
The classes have been really good. And Shireen is an excellent teacher…
After the six week course, I am more grounded, calmer and have learned to deal with stress and anxiety more positively.
My sleep has increased.
Shireen’s delivery of the course is lovely. So is her depth of compassion.