Alex Started his journey into Mindfulness when he lost his job to an injury which caused severe back pain and then led to depression. So he was drawn towards this approach of Mindfulness where he completed two MBCT courses. After completely changing his life and his physical and mental health improved he decided to look further afield within Mindfulness and completed several courses with the Mindfulness Association and completed their teacher training program. He also has regular supervision and is grateful for his teachers, Vin Harris, Kathy White-Webster, Choden, Fay Adams, Heather Regan-Addis, and Professor Paul Gilbert OBE.
Alex has been working within the NHS teaching in a primary mental health care setting for four years teaching a wide variant of courses as well as teaching Mindfulness. Alex has now given up his job and now focuses on teaching Mindfulness and Compassion to everyone as it has changed his life and has seen the benefits not just in his health but in his day to day living.
We would like to welcome Simon to the Mindfulness For Everyone team. Simon has been working as a mental health nurse for the NHS for over twenty years and during this time he has studied and practiced yoga, martial arts, meditation and oriental medicine.
He began learning Mindfulness practices in 2010 and he has continued to develop his understanding with ongoing studies, currently studying the teacher pathway training with the Mindfulness Association. In 2016 he joined Alex in teaching Mindfulness within the NHS.
Simon has found that learning to be more mindful in everyday life has improved his emotional well-being more than any other practice he has encountered over the years. It has benefitted his physical health and his relationships too. He has learned from his experience that developing our natural capacities for Mindfulness and Compassion lead us to learning about and looking after ourselves better; in other words, becoming our own therapist.