About Me

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.