This was a great introduction to the power of Meditation. I remember practising breathing Meditation for the first time and thinking: ‘Why was I not taught this at school ?!’ This thought was to be the seed for the Meditation in Schools Project. Even though I missed out at school learning Meditation, hopefully, many children in the future will have the opportunity.
Upon returning to England from my trip abroad I came across a Buddhist Meditation Centre in Birmingham and then started studying and practising. After six months I decided to move to a quieter location in the countryside where I joined a ten-year study program which took place in Derbyshire, the Lake District, USA, Canada, Australia and Singapore. I had the good fortune to receive teachings from some of the most experience Meditators in the world.
Living and practising as a Buddhist monk I trained and studied Meditation, Mindfulness, Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology. This ten-year, full-time training included receiving teachings, giving teachings, Meditation retreat and extensive discussion and debate.During this time I also worked with the local community to raise money and build a Buddhist Meditation Community in the area where I was born in the West Midlands, known as ‘The Black Country’, as a way of giving something back to my community.
This project came to fruition in 2005 and we bought a building. I moved to the area and began teaching Meditation to the local community and travelling to surrounding cities. Also guiding week-long and month-long retreats in Italy, Spain & Derbyshire. Whilst working in the local community I saw the need for a vehicle to bring Mindful Meditation to new frontiers. I wanted to share my experience with as many people as possible. Thus Mindspace was born.
The practices taught at Mindspace originate from the Buddhist tradition which has a 2500 year history of practice. However, they are accessible to everyone regardless of their view as a tool to increase Mindfulness, peace, focus and concentration. In a relatively short amount of time the Guided Meditations, I offer for free online have been practised by over three million people from 220 different countries, with the live Meditation classes and retreats sold out across the UK, Italy and Thailand.
I have visited hospitals, businesses and government organizations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia & USA , introducing Meditation and offering Mindful techniques to renew focus and increase concentration. Here are some of the organisations I have visited and am working with:
Edgbaston Priory, Flourishing Student, Colmore Bid, Outserve, Salesforce, Amazon, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Amazon, Nexus Fostering, Let us Play, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Birmingham Law Society, Croud Digital, La Chiaro De Prumiano (Tuscany), Ofqual, The Professional Cricketers Association (Warwickshire & England Team Players), Wolverhamton Literary Festival, Rosary School, Gymbox, Shirley Circle, Family Services Australia, Royal College of Nursing, T J International, World of Learning, Freeways, Headstart, Jaguar Land Rover, Divine Chocolate (UK), Leaping Hare Press, Quarto Publishing, Innovation First, Aston University, Fordbridge Child Care Plus, Bolton School, St John College, Clifton Primary School, Barr Beacon School, Xoserve, Elmhurst Ballet School, Wolverhampton Council (Mental Health), Park Hill Primary School, Holly Mount School (Wimbledon), Solihull and North Warwickshire Business, PPMTA Ireland, Mental Health in Schools, Forum Business, Hollyoak School (London), Roundhay School (Leeds), Ministry of Justice, Coventry University, AP Academies, AP Free Schools, Pupil Referral Units (UK), Invest NI, Optima, Reading Blue Coat School, Colombia University (NYC), GE Electric, Legal Ombudsman, Refugee Action, Birmingham VSC, Manchester Grammar School, International Currency Exchange (London), Solihull School, Bedford School, Queen Mary’s School (Walsall), Warwick University, Keele University, University of Wolverhampton, CIPD Birmingham, NHS Trust, Moat Farm School, Broadoak College (Weston-Super-Mere) , Gordano School (Portishead), The Guardian (Newspaper), Times Ed (Newspaper) University of Alicante, University of Prague, Bantock House (Wolverhampton), Walsall Council, DC Leisure, Our Lady of the Wayside Primary School (Solihull), Dixons Academy (Bradford), Stroud High School, Bow School (Tower Hamlets), Bodhgaya Primary School (India), Pushkar Boarding School (India), Institute of Education, Divine Chocolate (USA), Elephant Journal, LifeHack, Bournville College, Coventry University, YouTube Partner.
I am delighted to have made this progress and invite you and your organisation to enjoy and benefit from the training. I have also created extensive online resources for Teachers who want to integrate Meditation into their classroom.
I am currently working on writing these teachings down into a series of books and a project to translate the materials into other languages, Spanish, German, Polish, Punjabi, Farsi, Dutch, Swedish, Turkish, Russian, Vietnamese, French.