Mindfulness

mwbw-angel4Dr Adams was introduced to mindfulness in 2004 when she had the privileged of spending several weeks at Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness Practice Centre called Plum Village in France. She was later trained in two workshops by Dr Maggie Stanton and Christine Dunkley on teaching clients mindfulness skills. She attended a three day training workshop with Jon Kabbat Zin for professionals in Oxford, UK. She is certified in the MBSR training with Saki Santorelli and Florence Leleo-Meyes. Shamash Alidina was a personal coach in mindfulness training and she co-facilitated a workshop with him for health professional called Facing Challenges with Loving-kindness and Compassion: A Mindfulness and Poetry Workshop.

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Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present, to whatever is happening within you and around you, even if it is unpleasant. Instead of suppressing them, mindfulness helps you to work through them. When you practice it regularly, all kinds of wonderful things start to happen: your ability to focus increases, you feel more calm and less stressed, you see things with greater clarity, your health may improve, you begin to experience less negative emotions and more well-being.

Dr Adams is also trained and certified in Shamash’s Teach Mindfulness, an eight week course in which she wrote a comprehensive parent training manual entitled a Mindful Parents in a Busy World. She facilitated groups for women called Mindful Women in a Busy World. The various groups were designed as an oasis for women to help them to feel clarity, connection and more compassion for themselves, their children, and others in their daily life. She worked as a technical reviewer for the new Wiley book entitled Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness for Dummies by Jo Marshal.

Dr Adams has been regularly practising mindfulness meditation for over 5 years. She has attended several meditation retreats and talks via London Insight Meditation. She is a member of a local Sangha devoted to mindfulness meditation practice based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.