MINDFULNESS TRAINING

in Cambridge and Huntingdon
Group Classes or One-to-One for all ages and backgrounds
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BEGIN YOUR MINDFUL JOURNEY

This website is all about helping you to start your mindfulness journey.

Maybe you’re interested in being more mindful but you don’t know what to do next?

Maybe you know a bit already but it’s hard to practice because you’re unsure if you’re doing it right? Maybe you’re frustrated in your meditation because your mind is still really busy?

If this describes you, please read on, maybe we can help.

CENTRED AND PEACEFUL

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs”

Such a great line but so hard to do. Mindfulness can improve your ability to respond and react to stressors with composure – experts call it emotion regulation.

CHERISH THIS MOMENT

Life is made up of precious moments that can easily be missed because we get caught up in strong, unpleasant emotions and unhelpful thoughts.

Being mindful enables us to revel in the wonder and beauty of right now.

HANDLING SUFFERING

We all know how it feels to suffer. Your suffering may not just be emotional or psychological, it may be physical too.  You might think your suffering doesn’t deserve attention because it’s not as bad as others.

Mindfulness helps us to approach suffering with gentlness and tenderness and so find relief.

CULTIVATE INNER STILLNESS

While the world gets more frantic, mindfulness helps you to cultivate an inner calmness, which is independent of your circumstances.

THE GIFT OF HAPPINESS

Doesn’t it feel great when you make someone smile or laugh? It’s the reason we give gifts, write cards, tell jokes and give hugs. It’s worth the effort because it makes us feel good.

Imagine discovering something which helps a person live more happily!

CONNECTION & EMPATHY

It is in the very core of our nature to connect with others. Mindfulness promotes empathy and teaches us to reconnect with others even when our so called connected world creates distance.

SELF-COMPASSION AND SELF-CARE

Feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem are commonplace and so too is a lack of kindness when dealing with ourselves.

A mindful approach to life is one which incorporates self-compasssion and care.

BLOG

Now is all we have

Now is all we have

We live life moment by moment (a phrase you’ll hear a lot in mindfulness circles) but the only moment we really have is this one right now. So as you’re reading this, pause for a moment and drink in all that is going on around you – the colours, scents, sounds, sensations of the body. It feels good, doesn’t it!

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Good Enough

Good Enough

“Now is usually good, and if it’s not good, it’s usually enough.”

That was it! I imagine that for most people that would seem a pretty inconspicuous and unimportant statement. But for me, it was significant.

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Inner Battle Truce

Inner Battle Truce

The inner battle to be content vs my desire to prove myself has become more settled. I can’t say exactly when it happened but there seems to be a truce. The one major change in my life has been my consistency with my mindfulness meditation and my efforts to embrace the present moment.

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SIMPLE WAYS TO BE MORE PRESENT

TASTE

Reawaken your taste buds by trying this really simple exercise…read more

OBSERVE

Be captivated by the fascinating visual details in front of your nose… read more

SENSE

Be enthralled and amazed at the wonder of your senses … read more
Being mindful is not all about meditating (though meditation is an essential ingredient), there are other ways to remain present.

AS FAT BOY SLIM SAYS...

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, right here, right now (repeat).

It’s where our attention ought to be but we have so many amazing diversions. There’s TV, radio, podcasts, 24 hr News, social media and millions of videos on YouTube. And all of this can now be accessed via devices we carry in our pockets! Incredible as this is, there are downsides.
To be mindful means to be awake and alert for the important stuff that is happenng right before your eyes, yes, right now! Take a moment to drink it all in, the colours, sounds, scents, textures. AMAZING isn’t it!
Remain here for longer periods and you begin to develop greater powers of concentration. Mix this with a bit of wisdom (don’t worry, it’s very secular and has no religious bias) and you begin to develop the ability to manage your state of mind, your emotions and the random curve balls that life throws at us all with more composure.
Some have described this as a super power! Want to know how to get powered up? Well, there’s no quick fix gamma ray blasts or mutant spider bites to gain these powers. This is where meditation comes in and it’s probably not what you expect it to be.
Click the button below to give it a try.

DON'T EMPTY YOUR MIND

I tried it many times and failed miserably. It didn’t matter how much effort I made, I simply could not empty my mind.

Thankfully, mindfulness doesn’t require it. Woohoo!

Instead, it involves focusing your attention on what you can feel, sense or notice. For the first time, I no longer felt like a meditation loser. I’m not saying it’s easy but when it comes to being aware, you can’t do it wrong.

So if you have tried meditating before and quit because of frustration or irritation, despair no longer.

Even if you have a mega-active mind that busily zips from one thought to the next (trying to juggle all of the items on your agenda), with mindfulness meditation you can still achieve a sense of deep calm and balance. You’ve just got to make sure you don’t get wrapped up in trying to attain some Nirvana-like state or trying to go for longer and longer spells without being distracted. Because that’s NOT the aim.

So if you’re wondering if YOU can do it, wonder no more, you can, withjust a little investment.

WHAT WILL IT COST ME?

As with everything in life that’s worth anything, there is a cost. But you’ll be pleasantly surprised how little time and money you have to invest in order to live life more mindfully.

Three Resources

Let’s say we reduce all our resouces down to three main categories, money, effort and time.

The Money category covers all material wealth and physical items at your disposal. Being mindful has zero financial cost, and a lot of knowledge can be found in libraries and online (click here for our FREE online resources!). Most physical classes are really good value.

Effort includes your energy, concentration, mental discipline, intelligence etc. Now this, you do have to invest, if you want to feel the benefits but it’s only for a short period each day.

Time has got to be your most precious resource and should be used wisely. You will feel the benefit by spending 10-15 minutes per day practicing mindfulness meditation and performing mindful exercises. The return on this investment is worth every second.

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  • MONEY 1% 1%
  • EFFORT 90% 90%
  • TIME 1% 1%

OUR AIM

EDUCATE

Sometimes it’s the simple questions that need answering…

“What do I do for my first meditation?”

“Do I have to empty my mind?”

We’ll offer tips and resources to help you grasp the basics and get your mindfulness discipline going. If you’ve begun practicing but still have questions, we can help.

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INSPIRE

The word inspire means ‘to breathe in’. With each in-breath, our pulse quickens and our bodies are energised with life-giving oxygen. To inspire, for us, means to lift a person’s sights and spirits.

We hope that what we share here will ultimately assist you to experience a better quality of life through your mindfulness practice.

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ILLUSTRATE

We will do our best to make the foundational principles of mindfulness as accessible as possible because we know that confusion can leads to frsutration and then a temptation to quit.

If there is something you don’t understand, let us know we want the start of your mindfulness journey to be enjoyable and stimulating

MATT TAYLOR

Chief Bottle Washer

Matt has been married to his wife, Sara, for 20 years and they have two teenage children who are their pride and joy – he classes himself as a family man, first and foremost. They started their first business venture together, 14 years ago – initially a home-based physiotherapy clinic, which was built around ensuring they always had time for their young family.

Soon after starting the physio clinic, Matt trained as a hypnotherapist, which eventually led him to discover mindfulness and subsequently train as a mindfulness coach – it has made a huge difference to his personal quality of life.

Despite the many rich blessings, such as a close family, wonderful friends, successful businesses and good health, Matt admits he would consistently feel an underlying pressure to do more, be more and to feeling impatient with himself and life. “I know I should know better, being a therapist and all, but I have always struggled with enjoying what I have because my head was in the future, busy trying to create better moments ahead. Though that part of me is still here, Mindfulness helps me find a calmness….

RESOURCES

There is loads of information out there on mindfulness: books, websites, online courses, courses in your local area. There are various types of mindfulness courses designed to help with specific life challenges such as stress, depression, physical pain, addiction… the list goes on.With time, we will build a list of resources you can go to so that you can find the best resource for you. We plan on posting some guided meditations and tips becoming more mindful, eventually putting together some online courses. At the same time we will inform you of other similar courses that are available so that you can find the best stuff for you.

Untimately, we want to help. It is our belief that everyone can benefit from living more mindfully so this is our way of making the world a better place, little by little, person by person, moment by moment.

BLOG POSTS

Inner Battle Truce

Inner Battle Truce

The inner battle to be content vs my desire to prove myself has become more settled. I can’t say exactly when it happened but there seems to be a truce. The one major change in my life has been my consistency with my mindfulness meditation and my efforts to embrace the present moment.

Good Enough

Good Enough

“Now is usually good, and if it’s not good, it’s usually enough.”

That was it! I imagine that for most people that would seem a pretty inconspicuous and unimportant statement. But for me, it was significant.

Now is all we have

Now is all we have

We live life moment by moment (a phrase you’ll hear a lot in mindfulness circles) but the only moment we really have is this one right now. So as you’re reading this, pause for a moment and drink in all that is going on around you – the colours, scents, sounds, sensations of the body. It feels good, doesn’t it!

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