I teach mindfulness and yoga, and practise shiatsu in Nottingham- website www.authentichealth..co.uk - it's why I was put on this earth!
In November 2015 I started a project collecting aid for refugees - www.refugeeactionnottingham.org - As of writing (September 2016) we have filled (to bursting) one 6.5 tonne truck, 3 long wheel base transit vans, and 5 short wheel base vans, which have been sent variously to Syria, Greece, Turkey and Calais.
I'm a big fan of the philosopher Ken Wilbur and his Integral Theory, which I was attracted to as it I was already thinking in similar (but far less informed!) terms - particularly with regards to health & wellbeing practices - both personal and with my clients. Namely that we shouldn't just have a "holistic" view - but a holistic practice, actively developing our relationships with our body, emotions, mind and spirit.
This after all is the real purpose of mindfulness practice - to learn about ourselves. The more we learn, the wiser and more self-compassionate are the choices we can make in our own lives, and the more capacity we have to understand others. The big mission within modern mindfulness, is to reconnect people with their bodies. To engage with our body's natural processing mechanisms for our emotions - it's all rooted in sensation. Modern psychology now recognises what Buddha taught 2,500 years ago, that every thought creates a sensation in our body. Simply through awareness with the sensation we can change our response to the thought, enabling us to heal our childhood wounds - to bring our shadows into the light.
This however is only a part of the journey. When we combine this with practices such as the work of Byron Katie, which allows us to examine the deeper truths behind our stressful thoughts, practices of unconditional love, the insights of psycho-therapists such as Robert Masters we have an incredible tool-kit for self-development.
Spirituality wise: Krishnamurti, Adyashanti and Ken Wilbur
Psychology wise Robert Masters (To be a man), and Gay & Kathleen Hendricks (At the speed of life)