Mindfulness is one of those things that is tricky to put into words. We like to think that being mindful is a bit like playing hide and seek… the part that when you are hiding, listening to someone counting down and then coming to find you! At that moment you are aware of the sounds around you, looking out for the person coming, feeling your heartbeat in your chest and experiencing each moment as it unfolds. You are not wanting to change anything about that moment or judging what is happening; at that moment you are fully present. This is being mindful.
The practice of Mindfulness Meditation teaches us how to spend more time in the present moment, aware of what is actually happening rather than getting lost in the stories in our head.
Here are some words on Mindfulness from teachers that we enjoy learning from –
Mindfulness shows us what is happening in our bodies, our emotions, our minds, and in the world. Through mindfulness, we avoid harming ourselves and others.Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.Jon Kabat Zinn
Meditation is having a full-blooded, authentic experience of ourselves as we are, being able to observe ourselves and accepting everything, absolutely everything about ourselves.Suryacitta Malcolm Smith
Attention or awareness is the secret of life and the heart of the practice…. Every moment in life is absolute in itself, that’s all there is. Things are always just as they are.Charlotte Joko Beck
Having felt (and are still feeling!) the benefits of Mindfulness meditation ourselves, we really love sharing it with people and seeing the difference it makes to them. We’re always happy to chat, feel free to get in touch. Whether you are wondering if Mindfulness is for you or you’d like to know a good book to get you started, we’ll help if we can.
Retreats are closer than you think… When traveling down the road of life, you get to meet different people and ways of life along the way. We’ve been lucky enough to find interesting ways of life, amazing therapies and gifted practitioners along our way.
With the busy, often complicated lives that we lead we know it’s not always possible to have a wee break from the norm. We do know how precious it is though. We know how meditating for half an hour, going to an hours holistic therapeutic session or spending your weekend on a yoga retreat can put you back up on top of the world. And so, The Wee Retreat aims to bring the therapies, ways of life and practitioners we have found along the way to you… so you experience the serenity and calm from your own wee retreat.
WEE adjective: Little
RETREAT noun: a private & safe place
The Wee Retreat was created in 2016 by Vicky Kakos. Vicky is a mother of 2, Educational Psychologist and Mindfulness Meditation practitioner and knows how hectic life can get.
In 2010, Vicky took an 8-week beginners Mindfulness course to escape the crazy busyness of her life for 2 hours a week. What she didn’t realise was how much Mindfulness would impact her and her life around her.
Vicky completed the Mindfulness teacher training with her teacher, Suryacitta Malcolm Smith in 2016 and has been sharing Mindfulness with people in Southside Glasgow ever since. Based on her own experiences and knowledge, Vicky has created a Mindful Parenting course to help parents cope with the often relentless and demanding job of being a parent which she also enjoys sharing with people on her retreats.
The idea for The Wee Retreat came at the end of a meditation retreat when, feeling very grateful & calm, Vicky really felt how important it is to take time for yourself to rest, reconnect with yourself, drink tea and breathe. Knowing the busyness of modern day life and parenting all too well, Vicky hopes that by bringing Wee Retreats to people on their doorstep, it will make it that bit easier for you to make time for you.