I'm a guy who started meditating about 10 years ago and really notice when my practice slips. The challenges of life haven't lessened since I started but I know their potential can run wild if I'm not grounded. Knowing this led me in to teaching mindfulness, primarily to work with people who've acquired a disability, which I did 30 years ago. When I had my accident I was fortunate enough to not get hooked up on negative thought patterns and rumination, and this mindset enabled me to lead a fulfilled and active life, despite using a wheelchair. Without realising it, I was being mindful but for the life of me I couldn't explain what I was doing different to friends I made in the spinal injury unit. I was frustrated by this and when I came across Buddhism i realised that it's all about mindful awareness, and I enrolled on the masters in mindfulness at Bangor university. Now I teach the 8 week MBSR course in Bristol and am working my way toward working in spinal units, but that seems to be taking quite a while. The NHS is not exactly free from its own issues at the moment! More
average practice time is 30-45 mins most days, plus I'm constantly practicing informally as I go about my daily activities i.e. In the supermarket queue, walking my dog etc
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