About Claire Griffin – Mindfulness Teacher and Supervisor

Hi, I’m Claire and I’ve been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Relief courses to individuals and companies since 2015. I qualified with the Mindful Academy Solterreno and I’m now a Certified MBSR Teacher and a member of their senior teacher training team.

I teach mindfulness courses and classes online to individuals and businesses in the UK and internationally. Additionally, I supervise others who are learning to be mindfulness teachers and co-teach on the MBSR teacher training courses, at the Mindful Academy’s retreat centre in Spain.

Based in West Sussex, I’m very happy living and working just a few hundred metres from the beautiful Shoreham Beach. But, because my courses are online, you can learn with me from anywhere in the world!

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My Story

Before I discovered mindfulness, I’d had a successful career working in executive search for the digital and data marketing industry. For more than 25 years, including a stint on Wall Street in the 1980s, I’d been used to the fast-paced agency world and the pressures of running my own business.

This often meant heavy workloads, long hours and tight deadlines. All of which eventually took its toll on me and I experienced what I now understand to be a period of burnout.

I came across a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in 2013, which was a life-changing experience for me. Learning mindfulness had such a profound impact on me that I felt I absolutely had to share the benefits of it with others.

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My Qualifications and Accreditations

As well as being a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher,  I’m also a Mindfulness at Work Verified Trainer and a qualified coach with a Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching. I’ve successfully coached a number of business leaders, managers and entrepreneurs to reach their full potential.

A member of the British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA), I have passed their assessments to demonstrate I meet the UK good practice guidance for mindfulness teachers.

 

A Poem About Mindfulness

Poetry is an integral part of the MBSR course, and I love this one by Thich Nhat Hanh, so want to share it with you:

 

You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.

Only in the awareness of the present, can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup.

Only in the present, can you savour the aroma, taste the sweetness, appreciate the delicacy.

If you are ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future, you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.

You will look down at the cup, and the tea will be gone.

Life is like that.

If you are not fully present, you will look around and it will be gone.

You will have missed the feel, the aroma, the delicacy and beauty of life.

It will seem to be speeding past you. The past is finished.

Learn from it and let it go.

The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it.

Worrying is worthless.

When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when you stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the present moment.

Then you will begin to experience joy in life.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

If you are interested in learning how mindfulness can enrich your life and help you to manage stress and anxiety, please contact me.