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My name is Kathy Ward and as well as teaching Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being, and developing/teaching mindfulness to staff at a world-famous health organization, through my company Mindful Academy International I have taught over 600 students from 41 different countries to teach Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness-Based Programmes, offer ongoing online Supervision, and supervision-based Qualified and Certified Mindfulness Teacher CPD courses.

I live with chronic illness and through my work teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness Coaching, I have supported people to find the right tools for them to live well. My practice and research have shown that developing mindfulness, friendliness, and kindness can help redirect attention to the present moment rather than getting caught up in “OH NO this pain means….” Seeing and feeling what is really here in the present moment or redirecting our attention to a neutral anchor can reduce suffering, no matter what we are living with.

If you would like to learn how mindfulness-based practice can help you,Contact Me, or watch my 2019 TEDx TALK seen by over 21,000 people. In it, I share a couple of easy-to-practice tools that may help. You may also like to listen to my free 20-minute Body Scan on Sound Cloud

“Learning how to respond from the center of the hurricane rather than reacting from the chaos of the storm” - George Mumford

Learning To Live Well

OK, so I know from first-hand experience that life can throw up challenges and difficulties that are not always easy to live with, so what does living well really mean?

Living well has been defined as the combination of feeling good functioning well and experiencing positive emotions such as happiness and contentment.  

The World Health Organization [New understanding and new hope 45] defines it as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.

This conceptualization of well-being goes beyond the absence of ill health, encompassing the perception that life is going well, no matter what we are living with. Jon Kabat-Zinn creator of the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction states “As long as you are breathing, there is more right than wrong with you” I know that it doesn’t always feel that simple!

However, perception can become our reality. How we see things (or don’t see them) can really make a difference in the quality of our lives. 

Here´s How I Can Help You

If life is not going well and you are struggling, could use some new resources, or perhaps you feel that you need to find a healthier work-life balance I can help you learn how to bring your resources for learning, growing, healing, and transforming through Mindfulness-Based and Compassion practices, Mindful Coaching, and Emotional Intelligence. 

Healing does not just mean being free from injury, ill health, or disease. A definition by Kimberly Firth states “Healing is a holistic, transformative process of repair and recovery in mind, body, and spirit resulting in positive change, finding meaning, and movement toward self-realization of wholeness, regardless of the presence or absence of disease.”

 So if you want to thrive, rather than just survive please Contact Me so we can arrange a no-obligation call to answer your questions, and explore how I can help you Live Well.