Hi and welcome. I’m Elspeth Lewis, founder of Pause to Be and Co-Author of Mindfulness for Challenging Times.
I was born and raised in Belfast in the mid 70’s but I’m actually half-Scottish. I’ve now lived exactly half my life in Northern Ireland, and the other half in Scotland!
After leaving school, I trained as an Architect and graduated with an MSc from the University of Strathclyde. However I always felt that I wanted to work with people more than buildings (although I still enjoy building renovation projects) so, in 2001, following a huge amount of deliberation, I took a step into the world of HR Resourcing and Talent Acquisition.
This led to a really fulfilling sixteen years of working as an HR Resourcing Consultant – building successful relationships with candidates and clients, working with several Scottish agencies and then latterly working in-house, with one of the ‘Big Six’ energy companies.
A series of traumatic life events within the space of five years, (losing both my parents to the same terminal cancer, as well as working through a challenging divorce), led to me taking some time out to focus on family. It was during this time that I discovered mindfulness and meditation. I found the effects to be so life-enhancing, that I decided to train to teach mindfulness in order to share it with others.
I was trained by Shamash Alidina, leading mindfulness and kindfulness teacher, co-founder of The Museum of Happiness in London, and author of A Mindful Way Through Stress and Mindfulness For Dummies. Shamash has trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the masters of mindfulness and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme.
My teaching of Mindfulness Based Living Courses, as well as individual and group mindfulness sessions, draws on both MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programmes, combined with kindness and creativity. Kindness (towards self and others) and acceptance are the two key components of the course, allowing us to be curious in the present moment, without striving or judgement. In this way, we learn to fully enjoy and appreciate the small things in life, realising that they are indeed the most important of all!
I am a certified and insured Mindfulness Coach, accredited by the Complementary Medical Association. I have a daily formal mindfulness practice and I am committed to living mindfully. I attend mindfulness retreats and have ongoing contact with other mindfulness teachers. I also have PVG scheme membership.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by.
Warm wishes, Elspeth.