Turning towards Compassion

September 09, 2020

Every day I sit down to meditate and every time something new emerges. This week the general theme of my feelings and thoughts have been around the 'what ifs' and the uncertainty of our situation at the moment.

I started teaching classes (in real life!) again this week and exploring Compassion. Discovering what this means and how to apply it. What has arisen is the feeling that more than ever, there is a real and pressing need to embed compassion (for ourselves and others), into our collective consciousness if we are going to happily survive and fully thrive once this current situation settles down.  
As we face the unknown and the very normal responses of fear, anger, irritation, impatience, frustration (and the list goes on) we have a personal responsibility to develop our innate ability to be sensitive and kind to others pain and suffering. This may seem like a daunting task given that there is so much to fuel our judgemental side at the moment, but practicing in small ways every day clears the superhighways of resistance in the brain!

We can transform these somewhat harmful (but absolutely normal) emotions, thoughts and reactions into an opportunity to send loving kindness out into the world. When we focus on the bigger picture and connect to the fact that 'we are all in this together', we let go of our self-absorbed focus and this in itself brings about feelings of calmness and comfort.

So, try this...Next time that you find yourself  judging others, fearing the unknown, feeling unsettled; take a few moments to pause and maybe with your hand on your heart centre, breathe deeply, be kind to whatever arises (and it may be irritation, boredom, nervousness...). Soften, soothe and allow whilst sending kindness wishes to yourself and, in ever increasing circles, to all sentient beings.

This too will pass...

You are very welcome to join our little band of practitioners online on Friday mornings for our half hour (9.30-10) connection, meditation and reflection sessions.
Simply message me if you're interested.  


Back to the Business of Relaxation

September 02, 2020

This week, I opened the door to my treatment room in Sicklinghall for the first time in six months!  After grappling with the new safety measures and feeling a wee bit nervous about it, it all went a great deal smoother than I had anticipated. 

What I have gathered from my clients so far, is that more than ever, the sense of being nurtured for a while in a safe place is vital and necessary to maintain a feeling of overall well-being. From a physical point of view, most of the lovely people who have laid on my couch this week have said that they hadn't realised just how much muscle tension had built up over the months. Especially in their shoulders, neck and back. The usual suspects for holding emotional 'knots'. 

On the mental level, some clients have felt a long overdue (and perhaps dramatic) release of emotion during the initial deep breathing phase of the treatment. As if they have been holding something in for a long time and desperately needed to 'let go'. Given what some have had to endure during these turbulent and uncertain times, this isn't a surprise. We have all had to adjust, make changes, be aware whilst keeping our sanity and staying on track.

We have certainly noticed during these restricted times, just how much we miss being, sharing and relaxing with others. For those that have been shielding or have had long periods of social isolation, the simple power of touch has been deeply healing and restorative.

I have also found that there is a yearning to turn towards a deeper way of connection; with the world around us, nature, the people in our lives and our inner self. 

Over the years of being a holistic therapist and latterly a mindfulness teacher, I have evolved my treatments through this kind of feedback to incorporate a deep feeling of relaxation, an inner heart connection and a feeling of being nourished from the inside out. I now realise, particularly during this week of re-opening, just how powerful and lasting the effect of  a hands-on treatment can be. Long live personal holistic treatments! I pray for their survival and from my heart, I hope to continue to offer these services over the coming months and into the future.
Spaces are limited due to Covid safety measures. My treatment room is kept as safe as possible with all touched/used  items being replaced and/or thoroughly sanitised after each client.  All recommended protocols are in place. 

Then all you need to do is RELAX and take a break from the external pressures.


Staying Sane in Isolation

March 20, 2020

Practising mindfulness has been proven to help us alleviate stress during difficult times. By reminding ourselves to focus on what is happening in the moment, we can help prevent rumination, anxious feelings and worry. The suggestion at this time is to introduce mini-meditations into your daily routine. Just sit or lie for up to ten minutes and practice gentle deep breathing, focusing on the breath or sounds. Imagine breathing out any negative thoughts through the back of your body. Breathe in the good in your life. Maybe keep a gratitude journal. Also, when you are doing something routine, such as making a drink, washing your hands, cooking, really notice all of your senses. Take this opportunity to slow down and walk mindfully through your neighbourhood, noticing the colours, shapes and sounds around you. Smile at everyone you see. They may be feeling lonely and forgotten. Learn to listen mindfully when someone speaks to you. Notice how easily distracted you can be and re-align your focus to the present moment. This may just change your life, others lives and not just for now, but in the long term!

My Morning Ritual

July 22, 2018

I've been practicing and studying Mindfulness for quite a few years now and I'm not even sure now how I would function without a regular sustained practice. I generally sit first thing in the morning and begin to watch the objects floating around my mind with a curiosity and wonder. I fill the gaps with a sense of how precious my life is...to have even woken up this morning, to hear the birds, to smell the coffee! Intention setting is a large part of my practice and I base this on what feels important at the time. It may be a greater sense of compassion to others or patience or kindness. It may be to be less judgemental, to drop thinking ill of anyone or just to attempt to stay as mindful as possible during the day. Sometimes I feel irritated or nervy or anxious. But I tell myself this is all ok. After all I'm human and life in the words of Sunrya Suzuki 'one mistake after another'!   I then see my day ahead as if I'm about to steer a boat..it will go off coure now and again but I will hopefully have the awareness in the moments to bring it back to a central direction. Then I wish myself well.   


Sustaining your Mindfulness Practice

January 05, 2018

There is no better way to embed your mindfulness practice than to fully commit to an 8-week course in which you are expertly guided through the various aspects of Mindfulness and are offered the chance to connect with others on the same path. By sharing in this way we are able to acknowledge our mind-sets, our stumbling blocks and our wonderful life-changing discoveries. It can be an awesome journey. The next course starts on 16th January at Carlshead 7-9pm. See Learn Mindfulness on this website.



Mindfulness Matters

July 27, 2017

I am all into the science behind practicing meditation and mindfulness. There is now a wealth of in-depth research writings on the impact of mindful awareness on brain and immune function, as well as psychological and interpersonal changes. It is awesome stuff! And yet, it seems so very simple. It has been proven that taking and fully participating in an 8-week course can have major effects on the body and the mind. By imbedding the practice in this way you have a much greater chance of maintaining a mindful way of being. Get on it NOW!!       

Alive at the Acorn

February 23, 2017

As the Acorn Wellness retreat continues to blossom I am reminded just how fortunate I am to be able to do what I love to do at this amazing place. Katie, the inspiration and 'set-designer' of this awesome wellness sanctuary has not only welcomed me but has continued to support all of my work and ideas. I am so very grateful to her and her amazing team.  I currently spend half my week here and the rest at Carlshead which is currently the perfect balance.  I recommend everyone to pop in at some point for a day, a night or a weekend. You won't want to leave! Check out 'what's on' on the website. Namaste, Trish     

Filmore and Union

February 29, 2016

Check out Filmore and Union's super-blogs for healthy tips to stay fit inside and out.  This month unusal healthy mother day gifts and ways to stay healthy at the office, as well as my very own mindful insights.   www.filmoreandunion.com

Beauty Therapy at Qui

February 02, 2016

We are very pleased to announce that Diane Rawnsley is now at Qui Wellbeing to offer Beauty Therapy treatments, including facials, nails, pedicures and many other pampering treatments. 

Diane is highly experienced and is highly regarded with over twenty years in the business and has successfully owned and managed Beauty Spas, including Boston Spa, Spa Rooms.    

Call 07887357437 for more information.

Mindfulness in the News

Mindfulness based programs have been shown to limit the rate of cognitive decline in people with dementia 

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