kindmind was founded in 2011 and aims
- to provide ordinary people with the power to live extraordinary lives.
- to provide quality training in all aspects of mindfulness to individuals, groups and businesses.
- to create the conditions necessary to enable people to make real and lasting positive change in their lives.
- to share and learn ways to be happy and fulfilled and to plant the seed of mindfulness wherever possible.
We all want to be happy. Let's help each other!
Sally Edward (founder)
"I have found mindfulness practice to be absolutely essential for me to live a full and authentic life. I have experienced its power to heal and to put me back in touch with my true self and own innate wisdom.
My first introduction to Mindfulness was over a decade ago when I read a book called "The Lost Art of Being Happy" by Tony Wilkinson. This book really made sense and Mindfulness in particular appealed to me. Wanting to know more I followed the recommended reading list and bought "Full Catastrophe Living" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. This ground-breaking book describes how Jon Kabat-Zinn developed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme back in the 1970's and is a must read for any Mindfulness scholar.
Reading the book, although insightful and enjoyable, did nothing to alleviate my low mood or increase my happiness levels. So I eventually took the book's advice, bought the accompanying cds and began to Practice, Practice, Practice. I began to set aside 20 minutes a day to sit still "paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally" (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
The results of this dedicated practice were not immediate, however, encouraged by what I was reading and hearing about Mindfulness I persevered and slowly, unexpectedly, chinks of light began to appear in the darkness, aha moments occurred, there were times when I felt as though I understood, and times when I thought I had lost it again. Through sustained practice my seemingly intractable and all-pervading low mood lifted and has never returned.
Over the years my practice has deepened, I have incorporated my yoga practice and have studied Mindfulness formally. I attend yearly retreats at Gaia House in Devon and I have studied to teach Mindfulness based applications with SMARTFoundations in Brighton, Breathworks in Birmingham and with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.
I adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Instructors and regularly attend training sessions and conferences to keep up to date with the latest research and developments. I am registered with the UK network of mindfulness teachers.
Through the practice of Mindfulness I have been able to align more clearly with my life path and in 2011 set up kindmind in accordance with my belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn about Mindfulness.
I enjoy this work immensely and would love to share it with you"
Sally Edward, Mindfulness Instructor.