mindfulness + compassion
Mindfulness and compassion - for self and others - are inborn human characteristics and complement one another.
Long valued by age-old global traditions, contemporary neuroscience offers evidence to explain the vital relationship with our mental and physical health, and with our general wellbeing, of these natural aptitudes .
Regularly practising simple, short exercises to nurture mindfulness and compassion for ourselves and for others can help us steadily deepen our awareness of how we actually are, and how to look after ourselves in daily life.
It's been said that if you practice mindfulness and compassion-based meditation with any degree of seriousness it will change you, and fundamentally change how you understand yourself and relate to the world.
“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour” – William Blake
“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there" - Rumi
more about mindfulness
why mindfulness with Lokadhi?
I’m inspired by the capacity of mindfulness to change lives – and love sharing this so others may benefit. A long-standing meditation practice underpins my approach, as well as personal experience of how mindfulness has helped me manage my own chronic ill-health.
I know that mindfulness training is no small undertaking. People often say they appreciate the care and thought I give to creating a warm, relaxed and supportive atmosphere. There's often laughter. And there's space for quietness and reflection.
As an experienced mindfulness practitioner, and trained in teaching mindfulness to an advanced level, I’ve offered mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) courses for many years in the voluntary and public sectors. I've seen hundreds of people experience significant improvements in the quality of their lives.
As one of few to have formal training in this specialism, I also bring mindfulness into counselling and therapy.
what people who've done courses with Lokadhi say ...
“It was a great course – I liked your firmness and supportiveness; the warm and caring atmosphere.”
“It was stimulating, relaxing, enjoyable and challenging. You’re an excellent facilitator – many thanks, Lokadhi.”
“I’ve benefited hugely from the kindness and insightfulness of the group – and, most especially, the group leader.”
“Nourishment from Lokadhi has been enormous. Thank you – great appreciation for a fantastic, beautiful course.”
“I’ve gained the confidence to look at things I find difficult, rather than turn away.”
"This is the most helpful course I’ve been on, which is enabling me to ‘be’ and to change my way of being in the world.”
“I so enjoyed doing this course for the second time – invaluable and unique: thank you!”