How my Mindfulness orientation changed my relationship…with my bed!



I recently started the on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course offered by Mind in Salford.  The course starts with an orientation and then 8 subsequent Mindfulness based sessions.  

While I was keen to take part in the course to further my training, I hadn’t given much thought to the possible benefits it might bring to my emotional well-being, an oversight which was soon rectified during orientation.  

As the course leader discussed the content I was very quickly reminded of my issues with insomnia, and I was excited to see if the course would help.  By the end of the first meditation, a brief body scan, I had already realised how tired I actually was, and I could barely keep my eyes open (it was not due to being bored I must add).  By the second meditation, it had come into my awareness that I have a love/hate relationship with my bed, often avoiding it all together, dreading my nightly routine of jumping into bed exhausted and then finding myself wide awake as soon as the lights are out!  I realised that my newly found love affair with Netflix, was not due to a love of TV and film, but was a means of avoiding my nightly dance of ‘I’m tired, I’m not tired ’.

Once I’d had my sixth sense moment, I couldn’t wait to get home to bed!  I kept imagining the softness of my pillows, the warmth of my duvet, and my flannelette pyjamas!  Within the space of two hours, my love affair with my bed was back on!


Now I’d love to say that I’ve been sleeping like a baby ever since my orientation but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case.  However, now I no longer dread bedtime. When slumber evades me, I use Mindfulness and self-compassion rather than becoming angry and agitated.  Rather than winding myself up about how tired I’m going to be tomorrow, I make a mental note to be extra kind to myself the next day. Rather than visualising the bad day I’m going to have, I focus on the now and trying to relax, so that even if I can’t sleep, I still manage to get some rest.  If that still doesn’t help, then I focus on the softness of my pillows, the warmth of my duvet, my flannelette pyjamas, and before I know it, I’m either fast asleep or my sleepless night has passed by without me becoming stressed.

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Mindfulness is a Political Act

Mindful Self compassion

IMG_2116I have just returned from the idyllic location of Trigonos in North Wales, where I attended a Mindful Self compassion course(MSC). The course was ran by The centre for Mindfulness research Bangor University.
A five day intensive retreat training course devised by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.
We were skilfully eased into some beautiful practices, 23 in total over the five days, by Vanessa Hope and Colette Power, amazing teachers! I love Self compassion and the practices, as it embeds for me the saying, “you can not give from an empty cup” So on my return I feel my cup is spilling over.
I felt it was a privilege to be able to attend this intensive course, and it makes me feel even stronger about my wish to share mindfulness and Self compassion with everyone, particularly people who may not  seek out theses practices for what ever reasons.

Being Awake

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New Year! Same You!

I’m not falling for it this year! 36 years on the planet in this life time tells me that the striking of the clock at 12 midnight marking the ending of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 won’t change Jack! Or me! Or you!


Everyday is the day to live our intentions. Stand up for want we believe. Do what we love! Be the change! Everyday!

Watch our YouTube vid here for more on intentions


This ‘New Year, New Me’ hype has become as commercialised as Christmas. Just another opportunity for the capitalist marketing brigade to point out “You’re not really worth it, but let’s pretend you are so you buy our products”. “You aren’t good enough, but buy this while you keep trying.”.

Break Free!

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Stop! Notice! Create!


What is an Animated Whiteboard?

As we’ve been doing our 30 Days of Free Mindful Art project I’ve been watching loads of Mindfulness videos on YouTube and noticed a trend in these animated whiteboard films. They look so high tech! Way out of my budget and skills set or so I thought! Then the more I watched the more I noticed! Wait that’s the same hand from the last video and I’ve seen that image before! Hang on a minute…

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30 Days of Free Mindful Art!

Join us for 30 Days of Free Mindful Art.

Introduction to 30 Days of Free Mindful Art

Day 1! 30 Days of Free Mindfulness! Intentions.

The theme today is ‘Intentions’. Intentions are different to goals as goals tend to be more action focused. Intentions are linked to our life values, what is important to us, how we want to be. ‘Kind’, ‘compassionate’, ‘living in the moment’, that sort of thing.

In this session we set intentions and invite you to set your own intentions, for the 30 days of Mindfulness. Please do tell us your intentions and share your images with us by using the hashtag #stopnoticecreate on twitter, on instagram and facebook. We also take you on a guided mindful meditation and invite you to create an image expressing anything you noticed in the mindful meditation. We really would love to see your images and hear your intentions!

Day 2! 30 Days of Free Mindful Art! Hopes, experiences and challenges of Mindful Art.

Sherelle talks about being new to Mindfulness. Setting her intentions for the 30 days. The challenges of Mindful Art she faces and her experience so far! What is your experience of Mindfulness? Are you new to mindfulness? What challenges in your mindful practice do you find? Let’s see if we can help!

How would you rate your current wellbeing? 0-10? What are your intentions for these 30 Days of Mindfulness?

Tell us!

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Day 3! 30 Days of Free Mindful Art! Impermanence

Today we look at the mindful theme of ‘impermanence’ and play with water! Grab a piece of any old paper, a bit of water and some essential oils if you have some, no worries if not. Impermanence is all about being OK with the fact that pretty much everything in life changes. Just like the art work we make in this video, it drys and changes. It is out of our control and that is OK.

Day 4! 30 Days of Free Mindful Art!

Today we talk about the 7 Pillars of Mindfulness; Non-judging, Patience, Beginner’s Mind, Trust, Non-striving, Acceptance, Letting Go. We use a heart breathing meditation to send thoughts and love to all those who need it, thinking especially of all the people involved in the devastating Grenfell Tower fire.

Day 5! 30 Days of Free Mindful Art!

Marbling using the Mindful Pillars of Beginners Mind. Using marbling inks is so much fun as you never really know what’s going to happen! If you have some marbling inks and join us in making images, then please do send us your pic’s!  Use the #stopnoticecreate, we can’t wait to see them! Or sit back and enjoy watching us play!

Day 6! 30 Days of Free Mindful Art!

Join Sherelle and friends, to create some Mindful Doodles. They will be using fabric and felt tip pens but feel free to use whatever you have to hand, or sit back and enjoy.

How can we change the world? And where does Mindful Art fit in?

How can we change the world? And where does Mindful Art fit in?

Here’s my thoughts…

Pressures of modern day life have us switched off. Living on autopilot. Just getting through the day. Zombies. Shells. With contents hidden deep inside. Continue reading “How can we change the world? And where does Mindful Art fit in?”