A WARM WELCOME
That's right, this is all about sharing ~ through my writings including handouts, books and poems I'm sharing my direct experience and understanding of what it means to be mindful in everyday life, through the gallery I'm sharing examples of my artwork much of which is influenced by mindfulness. Basically through the free stuff I'm sharing everything I've learned about being mindful in everyday life. I hope you find it helpful.
Let me give you some background. My name is Colin Eveleigh, I live in Petersfield, Hampshire in the UK, and I'm a retired and very active psychologist - the joy of grand kids! I have an unusual background having first started out as a psychiatric nurse in the NHS and then ended up as a consultant organisational psychologist in the international corporate world. Looking back, my career has focussed on helping people from all walks of life to solve their problems, achieve their goals and be the best they can be. Along the way, I acquired, used and taught with many tools and techniques which I and others found helpful. Seeking more methods to add to my collection, I first came across mindfulness in 2002 and thought this was the best one yet! I did my training with Bangor University, started a dedicated meditation practice, taught others about mindfulness and mindfulness became the most important and vital part of my working and everyday life ~ it still is, but I no longer think of mindfulness as a tool or technique.
In 2012, after 10 years of practice, study, retreats, teaching and direct experience of being and not being so mindful, I started a local group to share and pass on the good things I had learned. Over time my practice became less frequent ~ it's pretty common to 'fall off the cushion' occasionally and in my case, I eventually chose deliberately to stand up and step away from the cushion all together. Others have talked about the importance of being mindful in ordinary everyday life, but they seem to see this as a bolt-on addition to the main act, which is the practice itself. I took a direction that made being mindful in everyday life the primary thing. I'm not sure if I could have arrived at this point without my solid dedicated years of practice, and I am keen for others to have that experience too and continue to practice if they want to. However, I have a mindful belief that real life is where we need to be. Let's see! In my experience, learning to be mindfully aware in ordinary/extraordinary everyday life is the real test of being mindful. Meditation is good, but I'm not entirely sure that living life mindfully to the full depends on meditation practice. I guess that makes me a heretic!
In Sharing Everyday Mindfulness, I will show you aspects of my writings and artwork and give you an insight into how I came to be the mindful heretic (I'm going to finish that book 'The Mindful Heretic' one day!) There are free handouts and books I've written that you can download and free audio practices I've recorded that you can listen to. You don't have to join or subscribe to anything!
Wherever and whoever you are in mindfulness, and whatever story brings you to this site, why not get in touch? Doesn't matter where you are in the world - let's acknowledge that we are all interconnected!
P.S. If you're interested in my artwork and you click on the gallery page, it may take a few seconds to load ~ be mindful!