Welcome to MyMindfulSelf. My name is Helen O’Neill. I am an experienced mindfulness teacher with a Masters in Teaching Mindfulness from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, Wales. I am a member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland.
The Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland is currently offering free daily online mindfulness practices. The practices are suitable for beginners and experienced meditators. For further details go to www.mtai.ie
Due to Covid -19, there are currently no mindfulness courses planned for 2020. However, this may change so if you would like to be updated about future courses, please send me an email or complete the contact form below.
Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges when we deliberately focus attention on our present moment experience in a non- judging, accepting way.
Jon Kabat Zinn
Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is happening in the present moment with a kind and friendly attitude towards ourselves and our experience. We all have the innate capacity to be mindful, and we can develop this skill through meditation practice, and the cultivation of particular attitudes such as curiosity, acceptance and kindness. By practicing mindfulness regularly, we learn to recognise how we relate to the external world, and to our internal world of thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. In this way, we come to know ourselves better. Self awareness is the first step in learning to respond, rather than react habitually, to the stressors and challenges that life presents. Mindfulness can also lead to a greater appreciation of the little things in life that we often take for granted.