A gift of mindfulness for hard working volunteers
When the Mindfulness Mavericks ran their fist 8-week mindfulness course, they chose to give it as a gift to Samaritans volunteers in Sheffield.
John Nolan has worked as a volunteer Samaritan for 5 years and is one of their trainers; he’s passionate about the value of their work and supporting the volunteers in their listening role.
The course was called ‘Adventures in Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing’. The aim was to help participants increase their resilience, their ability to focus on what was most useful in difficult circumstances, to enjoy more and increase their satisfaction with life.
The group was an eclectic mix of kind people who were all hungry to learn more about mindfulness, and practice to become more skilled at it. There were men and woman aged 20’s to 70’s who enjoyed learning from each other’s experience and seeing each other progress.
It was a great success and we’re proud to have given this gift to a group of people who work so hard to be there and present for strangers through their darkest times.
Here are a just some of their comments…
“I would recommend this course to anyone with an enquiring, open mind who would like to find strategies to cope better with stresses and worries.”
“When John explains mindfulness he’s very interesting to listen to, I find him, sincere, eloquent and witty. Joy was also very knowledgeable about mindfulness, I find her clever, funny and thought provoking.”
“I would just like to reiterate how enjoyable and thought-provoking an experience it was for me and thank you for offering and delivering the course to us so well!”
“I liked that it was fairly challenging but with a discipline that resisted harshness. There was a kindness and good humour to it all.”
“Before the course I got tired and grumpy really easily. At the end of the course I was able to nip some of my bad moods in the bud before they dragged me down. I would recommend this course to anybody struggling with low moods and energy, because you can learn to be calmer and kinder in difficult situations and waste less energy on reacting to unpleasant experiences”