February 2016 – the month of valentines and revisiting goals and aims.

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Welcome to my February 2016 updates and news!

A few years back I was invited to talk on radio Derby about valentines and the impact on couples and also thinking about the wider nature of all our human relationships. It was a very special interview for me as I was able to highlight the importance of all our relationships. I told the story of an enduring friendship that had lasted almost 30 years. This was my friendship with my pen pal  from the Netherlands. At the time I was unaware she was listening in to the show and I talked about the fact that we had never met although we had kept in touch and how I would love to meet her one day. She got in touch with the radio show and we arranged to meet on air! Aleena Naylor was the radio host and we were going to meet that summer and the meeting would be recorded and shared with the radio listeners. Sadly that meeting was not to be, my friend had become seriously ill and we lost touch- I thought I had lost her forever. I missed our connection terribly and prayed for the day we would be reconnected. A few years past, I never gave up hope, and then one day I got an email…. after almost 40 years, the day finally arrived and we met. The relationship is so precious to me that distance does not keep our connection apart and we are in regular contact. Why I am telling this story? Because its valentines again and a good reminder to think of all of the people we love in our lives and the very precious nature of human connection.

I think the most important relationship we have is with our self. Mindful self-compassion practice and teaching has taught me so much about how we converse with ourselves and the impact this has on all relationships with others. With this in mind I am really happy to be offering 2 new courses of the Mindful self-compassion programme.
By now many of us may have already broken our new year’s resolutions if we made them or forgotten why we made them.
Quite often these resolutions are connected with taking better care of ourselves, and breaking old unwanted habits – an act of self-compassion. It is harder than we thought and old habits are already creeping back in. Now for the good news! I am sharing a video clip here today about mindfulness, curiosity, and habit breaking I hope you find it interesting and useful.
In my private practice I teach mindfulness based compassion focused- approaches alongside psychotherapy and cognitive counselling to bringing about change and improving quality of life and I have the privilege of seeing huge change and success from these approaches. So do get in touch if you would like help with letting go of old unwanted habits and improving the relationships in your life-especially the one with yourself.
Look out for my upcoming workshops, courses and retreats for February into Spring.