Meet Janet, Mindfulness Practitioner
As with many people I didn’t arrive at a mindfulness class in the when I was in the best place of my life! At the time I was really struggling stress and anxiety and finding it difficult to find joy. I had two major losses in my life and although it was some time later I knew I needed something else to help me cope. What that was I wasn’t sure!
I came across a leaflet outside a library one day and I can’t remember what it said but the words just seemed to strike a chord. I consequently embarked on my first course “introduction to mindfulness” and although not hooked immediately, kept going back for more.
There was something about the meditations, the silence, the sharing and of course the common humanity of pain and suffering which seemed to offer me some of the comfort I needed. We all know it’s not possible to change the past or to prevent life events happening but allowing myself to accept how I felt was incredibly healing. Ultimately what I didn’t realise was that I was learning some essential tools that if nurtured can be called on time and time again. The practice of mindfulness meditation was and remains one of the best roads I embarked upon.
I have been working for 30 years in the health care industry spanning many different areas and fields, including my current role is as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in an acute hospital.