At its simplest, mindfulness just means to pay attention, a little more closely, deliberately and consciously than we habitually might. It’s not complicated, and is a skill that can be developed with practice and instruction. Mindfulness is nothing new, it has been around for thousands of years and is a natural ‘human state’. It helps us to see more clearly the patterns of the mind, connect with our body and enables us to stay in the present moment, rather than reliving the past or pre-living the future.
For decades now, scientific research has been showing how useful Mindfulness practices are for reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Studies have demonstrated that participating in a Mindfulness-based Intervention program can help people manage a wide range of physical conditions, improve our general wellbeing, and increase joy. You don’t need to be religious or spiritual to learn to practise mindfulness and reap the benefits, it isn’t only useful if you’re feeling stressed or have a mental health problem – it can help any of us enjoy a more wakeful, healthier, happier life.
What is Mindfulness?
I am Mel Rattue, founder of Mindful Herts. I have been practicing mindfulness for over 11 years, and am an accredited facilitator for Mindfulness-based Interventions. Meditation has had a huge impact on my life and I am committed to sharing these benefits with my community. I trained initially as a Meditation facilitator and an Awareness coach with London Meditation, and have since qualified as a ‘.b’ ‘paws b’ and ‘foundations b’ teacher with the Mindfulness in Schools Project. I have attended Breathworks, Mindfulness Self Compassion and Interpersonal Mindfulness courses, but I have trained and focused on Mindfulness Based Stress reduction as this is the foundation for all interventions. I adhere to the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good Practice Guidelines, which ensures I receive regular supervision sessions, on-going training and I maintain a personal practice. I attend regular retreats in the isle of White, Amaravati Monastery in Hemel Hempstead and Master Classes at the Oxford Centre for Mindfulness.
Mindful Herts C.I.C. is a not for profit company serving the community of Hertfordshire. Based on the principle of ‘think globally, act locally’ we focus on improving the well-being of where we live and work, increasing awareness within our own county, to improve the country. We understand Mindfulness is not just about the mind, it is also about being fully present to every moment with your heart too, being ‘tuned in’ not only to how you feel but to what matters, to what you feel is at the core of your experience, the ‘heart’ of the matter. Being mindful means being fully present to the hearts of others, to our direct neighbours, and those who share our world.
“When you hear the word mindfulness you have to understand that it is presence of heart.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn Founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.
We support all ages and abilities, from pregnant mums to pensioners and aim to make all our courses fully accessible. If you have particular requirements or concerns please contact us, and we will be happy to discuss how best to accommodate you. We have concession payment schemes and future plans to offer a full scholarship scheme. We want to encourage as many people as possible to experience the benefits of Mindfulness, and share the support it provides individuals and society.
Why Mindful Herts?
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