A warm welcome to my website. My name is Helen O’Neill. I am a clinical psychologist and an experienced mindfulness teacher with a masters in Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches from Bangor University, Wales. I am a member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland.
Finding Peace in a Frantic World
The Finding Peace mindfulness course is based on the book Mindfulness – Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Professor Mark Williams and Danny Penman. The course was informed by the renowned, evidence based Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programme, developed by Professor Mark Williams at Oxford University, along with his colleagues.
The Finding Peace course takes place over eight consecutive weeks and introduces participants to a variety of mindfulness practices that can be readily incorporated into daily life. Through practicing mindfulness on a daily basis, participants learn to develop more awareness of both the internal and external world. Building on this awareness throughout the course, participants will learn how to respond rather than react to difficulty, and how to cultivate more compassion towards themselves and others.
What is Mindfuless?
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.