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  1. I absolutely do, I find nature based mindfulness practices allows us to expand out awareness and feel more connected and this translates (at least in my everyday life) in to being a more reactive and aware person, not just aware of my immediate surroundings but being able to extend and expand my awareness. I posted in my profile a senses based expansion meditation (just a rough guideline) and I find this meditation works best in nature. one can really use their imagination when reflecting on a wider distance and one can really connect with what is around them. Natural settings bring their own unique tranquility and dimension to a meditation that is hard to replicate indoors. Thanks for sharing
  2. I have recently been trying out this meditation where not only are you using all of your senses but you are actively trying to expand them and I have found this to be very helpful in increasing my reaction time and being more aware, not only of the immediate things around me but also of things in the distance. It has made me much more reactive to my environment and interactive with my environment. Sitting in a comfortable position, bring your attention to your breath. Breathing deeply, allow your mind and body to relax. Coupled with the body scan, you can really focus on relaxing the body first. Spend some time clearing your thoughts so that you have the ability to process the experience deeper with a less active mind. Bring your attention to what you hear, listen to the room around you, what can you hear? then increase the range, can you hear anything outside the room? out side your window? and expand further and further until you can imagine what the world sounds like. Once you have done this, do the same with what you feel, scan your body and feel the position your body is in, feel the air around you, feel the clothes on your body, now imagine different textures, at this point you can open your eyes and look around you, imagine what things around you feel like, if you are outside or in nature, really connect with the feeling of water, cold, heat, roughness of bark, smoothness of leaves, etc. Can you connect to what it may feel like touching something around you? Lastly, with your eyes open, what do you see, what colours stand out? what objects are immediately around you, take your time and observe the world around you, now look out the window or if in nature, look further, at what point does your vision blur? at what point do objects become colour? expand your awareness to what those objects might be and imagine standing right there next to them. Imagine you could see that far and you could bring your awareness to anything regardless of how far. Once you are done with this, take note of your sense of connectedness, sense of oneness and how much more easily one can connect and interact with the world around.
  3. My partner is a teacher at a large college in London and we have hosted some awesomely powerful and transformational mindfulness sessions there and we have also hosted some not-so successful mindfulness sessions there. Looking back at what made the more successful ones successful vs the unsuccessful ones, we have learned a lot when delivering mindfulness to younger people and children. I had always seen it as a control thing, the more I was in control, the better the teaching experience was for me. Children have the ability to be disruptive and struggle to take things seriously sometimes. It can be hard for an adult to close their eyes and be left to manage their thoughts, let alone a child. We have experienced all kinds of reactions from storming off to crying but the most common one is, you guessed it... laughing. When I first started my journey with younger people, I would find the laughing disruptive and I would also see laughter (uncontrolled by an individual or group) in the session as my inability to control the group or control the situation. Feeling out of control in a situation can often make you feel like you want to control the individual so that you can take control again and bring the learning experience back to what you had planned. I have discovered that letting that control go and making the laughter, jokes and disruption a part of the process (to a degree) can help you let go of the control element. Behaviours, what ever they may be, are a part of the process for children. I am not saying that we condone negative and disruptive behaviour but what I am saying is that we need to identify the behaviours that are reflected as an outcome of a difficult process for a child and use that as part of their experience. I have found this to be a powerful tool when supporting younger people. If they want to laugh, then lets laugh and lets be explore that with an open mind, lets discuss why we laughed and talk about how we deal with things as a group before giving it another go. Once you have broken through this barrier, you can explore anything in your meditations, from compassion to gratitude with a much more attentive group. Letting go of my expectations and wanting to be in control has been a massive learning process for me but it has facilitated a much more explorative process for the kids- this is where the magic happens. As they discover their feelings and thoughts in a less controlled environment, they come up with these gems of insight that end up teaching us.
  4. Hi Everyone I am so excited to be walking this journey and rediscovering the Mindful approach to living. Being able to share my experiences and support others along this path is one of my greatest Joy's in life. I love facilitating a space for people to discover new aspects of them selves, find healing, acceptance and the power within to overcome stresses and anything that intimately does not serve thier progression. Thank you for walking this journey with me and I look forward to learning and sharing and engaging with everyone here as we develop together. My name is Andrew and I am a coach, a nurse and have a passion for engagement, learning and development and supporting others to find liberation within.
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