Martin’s approach is to work alongside individuals and teams, to be clear about what they are currently experiencing, and then developing new ways of exploring challenges.
Following an early teaching career, Martin has spent two decades working as a facilitator with a wide range of groups, primarily in the outdoors. He has a PGCE and a Masters in Education Research. Martin, his partner and two young children live in the South Lakes where he loves to run, swim and walk in the hills.
Mindfulness is a practice that involves becoming more aware of what’s happening in the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or what might happen in the future. It’s about observing what’s going on, in a friendly and non-judgemental way. Have a look at the The Mind Traffic Animation for a clear illustration of this approach.
We can learn to focus our awareness by bringing attention to everyday activities, and through structured meditation. A typical meditation might involve you focusing your awareness on your breath; in this case your breath would act as an anchor point, upon which you can rest your attention. As we build capacity to notice our thoughts and feelings, we open up new ways to relating to the pressures and pleasures of everyday life.
For more information the background to mindfulness, the evidence base and its benefits, see the 2015 UK Parliamentary report ‘Mindful Nation’.
There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the benefits of practising mindfulness in a range of areas, such as stress reduction, general well being, and performance.
The training offered by Anchor Point Mindfulness is secular, and appropriate for all faiths and backgrounds. As part of the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers, Martin adheres to codes of professional conduct including confidentiality, on-going training and supervision, and holds Public Liability Insurance.