Hi and welcome to Pause to Be mindfulness classes in Edinburgh. I’m Elspeth Lewis, Mindfulness and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Training) coach, founder of Pause to Be and Co-Author of Mindfulness for Challenging Times; and Mindfulness for Transformation. I’m passionate about sharing stress reduction techniques with others, through guided meditation and mindfulness courses.
I was born and raised in Belfast in the mid 70’s but I’m actually half-Scottish. When I was in my early twenties, I moved to Scotland and have stayed ever since!
I initially trained as an Architect prior to moving into HR Resourcing in the construction and energy sector for sixteen years.
My turning point happened between 2009 and 2015, when I lost both my parents to the same terminal cancer, as well as going through a challenging divorce. I decided to take some time out to focus on my family, and 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 trained to teach mindfulness with Shamash Alidina, leading mindfulness and kindfulness teacher, co-founder of The Museum of Happiness in London, and mindfulness author. Shamash trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the masters of mindfulness and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme.
More recently, in 2020, I trained to share ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Training) which is a mindfulness-based training, aimed at increasing our psychological flexibility in order to boost resilience and mental wellbeing. In 2021, I undertook further training in ACT for Adolescents with Dr Russ Harris; and also in DNA-v: The Youth Model of Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology, with Dr Louise Hayes and Dr Joseph Ciarrochi.
I work with groups, both online and in-person, to teach mindfulness meditation; the Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC); and Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), as well as occasional workshops and retreats. I also work with individuals on a one-to-one basis, both in-person and on Zoom, or audio call.
Having worked in HR and Resourcing for so many years, mindfulness in the workplace is especially important to me. I deliver mindfulness at work sessions, and have worked with organisations in a variety of sectors, including finance, energy, and hospitality.
I am a certified and insured Mindfulness and Acceptance 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.
My most treasured award, however, has got to be my Brownie Mindfulness Badge, which was presented to me by a local Brownie Guide Unit, when I supported them towards achieving their mindfulness badges!
Thank you for taking the time to pause to read this.
Warm wishes, Elspeth.