Mindfulness is a way of cultivating our awareness to experience moments of presence. Mindfulness Coaching can help us to slow down enough, so we can start to notice more in our everyday lives.
“Mindfulness is knowing what is happening when it is happening;
no matter what it is.”Rob Nairn– Mindfulness Association
Pause for a moment
As you read this,
you can choose to be mindful.
Take three deep breaths.
Come into the present moment.
Become aware of your experience,
thoughts passing through your mind,
emotions that may be present,
and feelings in your body.
What did it feel like to become more present?
With mindfulness we can start to see the world differently. We may see the people in our lives with new eyes or start noticing more maybe the steam on top of our hot drink! We can become more aware of our habitual tendencies, patterns of thinking and responding; especially those that may not serve us well. This is where kindness and compassion (for self and others) becomes really important; these qualities can help us to become more resilient as we start to navigate the areas we may want to change.
Remember the blue sky. It may at times be obscured by clouds,
but it is always there.Andy Puddicombe (Co-founder Headspace)
Mindfulness Coaching allows us to be fully present in life, even when it is tricky. This helps us to bring more awareness to “where ever we might find ourself”. We can learn to better flow with our full range of human experiences be that happiness or sadness, feeling energised or tired. As well as learning to accept rather than avoiding our experiences we can start to tame our tricky emotions and cultivate experiences such as joy, equanimity, loving kindness and compassion to ourselves and others. Mindfulness builds our resources for resilience and teaches us to be fully awake living moment to moment as our life unfolds.
Meditation can help to understand our mind better and how it operates. By utilising mindfulness coaching, we can begin to familarise ourselves with our mind brings the aha moments…. “I am always thinking about the past” or “I’m leaping to the future again”, “I feel anxious”, “I have a pain in my back but did not notice”. We can learn to shift gear or rest before issues get worse, or choose a new path.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”Viktor Frankl Austrian Holocaust Survivor (Book Man’s Search for Meaning)
Meditation and body-centred practices can help us to develop and strengthen more helpful mental habits and qualities such as kindness, patience, joy, courage, compassion. Regular meditation practice can help us to build new networks in our brain.
“energy follows focus, what we pay attention to gets stronger”Hebb’s Law
elementas coaching and mentoring:
elementas combines a mindfulness approach with high quality coaching and business mentoring services, with a specific focus on mindfulness coaching.
Clients can experience simple tools and techniques to become more aware of their mind and their habitual tendencies. As a result clients find new insights and recognise they have more agency than they realise. They become more motivated to make better work and life decisions.
Today Lou uses her skills and experience to help clients try out mindfulness or build upon their own interests. Clients find they gain:
This helps clients to discover how to:
Mindfulness Integrating true Wellness, be that physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Lou Booth’s Mindfulness Experience and Training
“I believe that Mindfulness is a bridge to the healing power of Self-Compassion, elementas coaching sessions offer a unique process, approach snd safe space for lasting change and powerful growth.” Lou Booth
You are in confident hands. In 2015, I started a three-year training pathway to mindfulness, compassion, and insights, as a practitioner with the Mindfulness Association, which I successfully completed in June 2018.
As a coach I am always encouraging people to step out of their own comfort zone and so I have ‘walked my talk’ by undertaking a 3 year par-time MSc in Mindfulness with the University of Aberdeen. It is challenging but fun! In 2018 I was lucky enough to travel to Tibet and learn from our Tibetans guides about Wellness and Compassion visiting Lhasa, Everest Base Camp and many ancient cultural sites.
Today my rich understanding of mindfulness and compassion continues to deepen and is flourishing with new ideas and techniques. I love to carefully synthesis and deliver the practical benefits of mindfulness daily to individuals, teams, and organisations. I am motivated the changes I witness that mindfulness can bring to peoples’ lives.
I am committed to my personal daily practice with the Mindfulness Association and attend regular training conferences with some of the worlds best teachers, and share good practice with clients and colleagues.