Anxiety management, Meditation facilitator training, Meditation home practice, Meditation teacher training, mindfulness, stress management

How busy is busy?

“I am so busy”, or “I am too busy” are statements you will probably hear at least once a day.  But are we just busy being busy?  And how busy is busy?   Is being busy just fashionable or do we feel that we are expected to be busy?  Are we defining our worth by how busy we are?

I was talking to a past student of the Chilled Out Child meditation and mindfulness facilitator programme earlier today about how healthy and essential it is to take a step back and slow life down a little.  We both agreed on this simple question “how we can know who we really are, if we are rushing through life and not giving ourselves enough time to reflect on where we have been, where we are now and where we might want to be going?”

Children learn by example, which can create some hilarious moments.  Think of the toddler who picks up a toy phone loudly announcing “hello, hello, I am too busy to talk now!”  or the three-year-old who struts around the room flinging a scarf around it’s neck loudly exclaiming that it is in a rush and cannot find it’s car keys.  How many of us can recognise ourselves in these role-play moments?  Hilarious yes, but not so hilarious if you are that busy throughout your life well into adulthood and dashing around your house frantically seeking the car keys and flinging your phone around, shouting commands at it saying you are too busy to speak now is part of everyday life…. and your normal way of being.

Eventually all this dashing and flailing about is going to lead to feelings of stress and then develop into anxiety.

Now might be a good time to create low stress environments for yourself and your children.

Here are some basic ideas to think about;

  • To start with do not over schedule yourself or your children.
  • Ask yourself and your children which activities bring you all joy and stick to the activities which are having a positive emotional and psychological impact on your lives.
  • Make sure family downtime involves relaxing and chatting to each other.   Staring at the TV might not be good enough down time.
  • Make sure you all get enough sleep.  Tired grumpy children, lead to tired grumpy parents and vice versa.
  • Eat well and healthily and the occasional chocolate treat is good too.  I met a mum once who was so strict she banned her child from eating chocolate!  That would be devastating in my household.
  • Listen to what your children are saying.  This goes back to sitting and chatting to your children.
  • Take the time to talk about what you like and do not like about life right now.  If you all share your perceptions on things you will all understand each other better.

Remember that in order to take care of your children you must take care of yourself. 

With this in mind, the Chilled Out Child meditation and mindfulness facilitator training programme starts with looking at what stress is and the development of your own meditation practice and then move on to how you can share these skills with children and teenagers.

If you would like to know more about developing your own meditation practice and how you can live life mindfully on purpose follow this link.

Meditation teacher training

“This is not a race, but a lifetime of inspired learning”. 

“This is not a race, but a lifetime of inspired learning” – these are words I regularly echo to students on the Chilled Out Child programme.

I believe in a multi-faceted and heart centred approach to health and wellbeing both at home and at work.  I believe there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to taking care of your mental, emotional (energetic) and physical health.  We are all unique human beings and therefore what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.

I have enjoyed and embraced a 20 year long journey studying many disciplines of holistic healing and am truly passionate about the benefits of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, emotional freedom techniques (tapping) and meridian psychotherapy.

One of my most exciting achievements and a project I am proud of, is the writing and teaching of the Chilled Out Child programme, which has evolved year on year.  This  programme has received international accreditation by one of the worlds most exciting and inclusive yoga institutions.

Joining the Chilled Out Child programme is an opportunity for personal growth and you will be gently supported you in your journey towards learning how to share meditation and mindfulness with children and teenagers.  This programme will also introduce you to an understanding of the energy body and how a simple therapy can evolve and transform energy body stress resulting in children (and adults) that are less anxious and able to be fully present in the moment.   The Chilled Out Child programme is fully mentored and my motto  in life is that “life should not be lived as if you are competing in a race, but lived in a way that you notice when to slow down and take care of yourself, regardless of the fact that everyone around you might be running the race and trying to drag you along with them”.  In a nutshell, if you need longer to complete your studies, that is absolutely fine.   This is not a race, it is a lifetime of inspired learning. 

You might be wondering what inspired me to write this programme.  I am a qualified Transformation meditation teacher, mindfulness facilitator, EFT Master Practitioner and Yoga Alliance International accredited yoga teacher for children and adults and in 2013, became increasingly concerned about the level of anxiety I was noticing in children.  This coincided with my own child working her way through the school system.  I was approached by one of the mums whose daughter attended my children’s yoga classes who insisted I needed to share mindfulness with more people by training adults to teach children and teenagers.   There seemed to be a number of children’s yoga teacher training courses around, but after extensive research, I felt that there was one important element missing in most training courses – meditation.  I decided to write the Chilled Out Child programme which is aimed at adults who wish to develop their own meditation practice and learn how to share anxiety management techniques and mindfulness with children and teenagers.  The programme now includes a section on EFT (tapping), as more parents are highlighting the difficulties their children are having with stress, anxiety, phobias, nightmares and reactions to various real or perceived trauma.

Learning how to share meditation techniques and inspire a mindful way of being in children and teenagers is particularly important for parents and school teachers who are in contact with children daily. The Foundations of Meditation modules are an ideal starting point for family life.  If you wish to share these life skills with children and teenagers in the community, you will enjoy the Bringing Meditation to the Wider Community modules which focuses on all the practicalities of teaching.

The programme is delivered as a mentored distance learning programme with lots of support from me.  In 2018, I will once again be running an “in person” training option from beautiful therapy rooms in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent and a truly unique yoga studio nestled in lovely gardens in South East London.

From the therapy rooms in Tunbridge Wells, I will also be offering Energy EFT and mindfulness coaching sessions for women, children and teens.

2018 is going to be a truly inspiring year. If you would like to know more about the Chilled Out Child programme or mindfulness coaching, please contact me here.