Balance in life is essential for wellbeing. For many this may be getting a balance between work life and home life, perhaps juggling the needs of a family with your own needs. For others this may be getting the balance right in life so you make time for things that motivate and excite you. This balance is important, as fulfilling your own needs whilst meeting the needs of others impacts directly on your wellbeing, which in turn affects your health.
Mindfulness, the ability to pay attention in the present moment without judgement, is very powerful particularly to address stress and emotional difficulties by increasing self-awareness. With awareness comes choice – we are able to recognise unhelpful habitual patterns and change. Training and practice in mindfulness based techniques allows mindfulness to become part of daily life, a way of being to enhance health, wellbeing and resilience.
Make each moment an occasion to live deeply, happily, in peace.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Coaching creates a space in the franticness of life where people are actively listened to and heard. This allows them to think deeply, and come to their own solutions to move forwards. Coaching creates the right environment for positive changes to happen and draws on a number of techniques to facilitate this process of personal growth.
Both mindfulness and coaching can be used as approaches on their own, or each can be informed by the other. Both approaches recognise people’s infinite capabilities and resourcefulness and equip them with tools for life, to live the lives they want and get the balance right for them. This is the really positive message - once you’ve experienced and learnt these practices and techniques you can be your own mindfulness practitioner and your own coach.
Follow your breathing, dwell mindfully on your steps, and soon you will find your balance.
Thich Nhat Hanh
I have had a personal mindfulness practice for several years now and mindfulness informs my coaching practice. I offer Breathworks courses in Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Health, taster sessions, and follow-up sessions, bespoke courses for groups and individuals, and coaching. Courses and face to face sessions are offered in Warwickshire (Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth, and Coventry). I also offer coaching and individual mindfulness sessions by phone or Skype for those further afield.