However,we also believe that it was the gifts of loving attention that had been nurtured deep within us by those who came before, that suggested there was another way to deal with the challenges of living a UK marginalised life.
Consequently, our journey began in 2009 when looking for something to help a loved one who was suffering from a terminal illness that was linked to memory. When searching terms such as memory, illness and health etc, mindfulness repeatedly came up and so the journey began.
For this reason, we feel our initial contact with mindfulness was grounded in love and compassionate action for a sick family member, that unexpectedly has perhaps become one of the last major gifts from this dearly loved one, who we are sure would have encouraged us to learn how to love under any circumstances.
As part of this early explorative process, we introduced mindfulness for our loved one after trying it out on ourselves first. Interestingly, whilst the practice in its form back then wasn’t totally appropriate or suitable for our loved one, given the stage of illness and cultural deifferences. We were able to make immediate adaptations and adjustments that made it possible for them to engage with it and signal to us much approval and gratitude at the same time.
Furthermore, through our own exploration of the practice, it also became clear that the practice was having a major impact on our own lives that was recognisably transformative.
Through loving connection and personal realisation of the impact of the practice, our practice has became the fuel to go on to completing our Masters Degree’s in Mindfulness studies, that led us to explore the dismantling of racism and social inequality using our own specifically designed programme called Mindfulness Based Inclusion Training (MBIT) or My-BIT.
Our studies included researching the programmes impact on Mindfulness Teachers, teaching methodology and Organisational transformation. Interestingly, the results were just as expected, really difficult for some and a breath of fresh air and transformation for others.