Catherine Crudgington Blackmore will talk on the subject of self-compassion and Mindfulness:
@ 11:00 am
‘Pilates, stretching, running, cycling – you’ve worked your body’s muscles, now it’s time to work on the mind’s muscle memory too, welcome to everyday Mindfulness training’.
Way back in the Palaeolithic day, during our evolution we became attuned to hyper vigilance. For the sound of the crack of a stick in the Woods could easily be a wolf about to leap out and devour us, however even in mondern-day times human minds still chose to remember unpleasant or threatening events, to enable us to be guarded against further traumatic events from happening again in future.
Catherine says: I’m a 49 year old university educated woman, in a loving long term relationship, a lengthy career within the service and education sectors, with stable finances, a love of theatre, literature, politics, Spain, language, culture, warm weather, food and wine and I’ve had a mental breakdown! Too many decades of anxiety, perfectionism and the over riding perception that I could never be good enough came to a head. Subsequent GP referrals to local mental health providers, counselling, drugs and group talks all helped to get me back on track, but it was the acceptance and resilience gained from practising ‘Mindfulness’ that has kept me there. I find it invaluable and I hope that I can share what I’ve learnt to help others.
Catherine volunteers at The Stress Project in Holloway.
More resources on the subject of Mindfulness can be found on the CMF website: Compassionate Mind Foundation