Hello, I am Seán Collins. I have been teaching Mindfulness since 2011.
I gained my teaching qualifications under the instruction of Julian Daizan Skinner, the first Englishman to achieve the status of Zen Master in the Rinzai Zen tradition. I am qualified to teach Mindfulness and Meditation for well-being and traditional Zen Mindfulness and Meditation for personal insight. I have gone on to become a senior teacher and I mentor a number of meditation teachers across the UK and as far afield as Australia. I lead a monthly mindfulness group at the Rowans Hospice in Purbrook, as well as regularly delivering group courses, 1-1s and workshops. The workplace Mindfulness courses I teach won a national awards in 2014. My aim is to ensure students master the skills they need in order to improve their lives.
Since 2012, my work supports the ongoing research at Oxford University into the benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation on well-being.
Mindfulness can bring about significant improvements in a number of physical and emotional challenges, including reducing: Stress, Anxiety, Anger, Loss, Depression and Pain. Mindfulness goes further than just short term help with challenges, it can give us a greater resilience to them for the rest of our lives. Mindfulness can also improve: Sleep, Concentration, Awareness, Tolerance, Empathy, Creativity, Happiness & Life satisfaction
It may seem an ambitious list of benefits but the research paper results from my courses back them up. On average my students have recorded stress reduction in the region of 60%, increased awareness of around 50% and an increase in their overall life satisfaction of almost 80% and all of these are long term improvements.
As well as 8 week courses where students learn a range of Mindfulness practices tailored workshops and 1-1s are available for:
Emotional Challenges: With Mindfulness we can learn simple and proven techniques to help us with emotional challenges such as Stress, Anxiety, Depressions, Anger or Fear.
Physical Pain: Research has shown that around 4 hours of Mindfulness practice can lead to a reduction in pain of 30%. The practices we learn for pain management are both simple and enjoyable and can bring significant reductions in pain experienced.
Sleep: One of the most commonly reported beneficial effects of mindfulness meditation is improved sleep. The practices we learn are two of the simplest yet most beneficial practices of all. I’ve had students who reported problems sleeping at night who were snoring in class in less than 30 seconds.
IBS: Stress and tension in the gut is a known factor in triggering or aggravating IBS. There are a number of mindfulness meditations that students can learn in order to reduce the stress and tension in the gut and free themselves of the suffering of IBS.
Relationships: Mindfulness is a remarkable way to learn how to relate to our lives in a new more beneficial way. This can be applied to relationships with the people in our lives, with situations we face or with how we think and feel about ourselves and our life.
Balance and Happiness: Understandably much of wellbeing is focussed on overcoming pain or improving challenges. In simplest terms Mindfulness is all about noticing the now and we can learn some practices that enhance our awareness and enjoyment of the positives we all have in our lives. These practices are key to the almost 80% improvements that student record in their overall life satisfaction.
Careers & Life: There is an amazing history in the lineage of meditation and mindfulness relating to chosen careers. In the Zen tradition this is called finding your “way”. We can learn to how to use our careers to create joy, fulfilment and happiness whilst improving our abilities to become highly skilled and highly satisfied with our work.