Mindful Creativity Coaching with Zangmo Alexander MA MAC PGCE
We live in confusing, unstable and chaotic times.
what can help me live with more joy, compassion and wisdom?
What is Mindful Creativity Coaching?
Life Coaching and Mindful Creativity Coaching are confidential conversations between the coach and client in which as your coach I aim to support you in moving on from feeling stuck or frustrated with any issue in your personal, professional, creative and spiritual life. The conversations we have together aim to help you clarify your issues, aspirations and goals, explore options for moving forward and put into action choices you arrive at for moving forward to fulfill your aspirations.
This can be a simple direct process, or more often, a more convoluted process, as coaching may also include becoming more aware of negative thoughts and self limiting beliefs sabotaging your development, and finding ways of turning these around so that you can then move on.
My role as your coach is to be totally non-judgemental and to support you in defining your aspirations, exploring options for moving forward, creating realistic plans and putting these plans into action. This may also include some honest self examination of anything preventing you moving forward - such as blocks and negative self beliefs.
Depending on your interests and wishes, I offer a range of methods from my training and background in life coaching, mindfulness, meditation, therapeutic art, mental health and teaching to help you on your coaching journey.
Mindfulness involves being aware of and paying attention to what is happening, as it is happening. This includes awareness of seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting, thinking, feeling, and bodily energy as we experience them. Mindfulness can be used in a secular way just to relax and improve health and well being, or it can also be part of a path of waking up to who we really are at the deepest level.
Contrary to popular belief you do not have to be able to stop thinking in order to learn to do mindfulness meditation! We just need to be aware of whatever our experience is as it is happening.
By becoming more aware of ourselves, we begin to notice knee-jerk reactions to situations and challenges which cause us unnecessary suffering. With practice, our minds can begin to relax and become open to choosing new, more beneficial ways of responding. With more practice we begin to appreciate ourselves and the world around us with more awareness, clarity, wisdom, love, joy and compassion. We make friends with ourselves and our experience.
The origins of mindfulness
While Mindfulness can be learned in a non religious way, it can be useful to understand the background to mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation is an awareness practice originating 2500 years ago in Buddhist meditation practices and other spiritual traditions worldwide. For Buddhists, meditation and mindfulness is a spiritual practice which can lead to enlightenment, or the full realisation of who we are in our essence.
The Benefits of Mindfulness
For centuries meditators, doctors and healers in eastern traditions have found that mindfulness and meditation improve health and well-being. Recent scientific research has documented how regular meditation and mindfulness helps many health problems, including heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, insomnia, chronic pain, cancer, immune problems, stress and depression. The NHS has now taken Mindfulness on board.
Mindful Life Coaching and Mindful Creativity Coaching
Mindful Life Coaching and Mindful Creativity Coaching aim to help you become more aware so that you are better placed to make choices that really help you integrate who you are with what you do. As an awareness tool, Mindfulness is an ideal partner to Life Coaching and Creativity Coaching in helping you to understand yourself better and enjoying life more.
Mindfulness learned from an experienced teacher or coach can really complement and deepen your coaching experience. As there are a lot of misunderstandings about what mindfulness and meditation really are, it is important to learn mindfulness or meditation from someone who is experienced with an established long term training and practice.
Mindful Creativity Coaching can help you:
Explore ways of dissolving the blocks, procrastination, resistance, fear, anxiety and negative beliefs which sabotage your personal, creative and professional development
Clarify what is really important, authentic and meaningful in life and creative practice for you – what are your core values, aspirations, goals and beliefs that make life worth living and creative work worth doing?
Develop the confidence, focus or skills to get yourself going with creative activity
Support and clarity returning to doing art after a gap, or are going through a life transition, career change or retirement
Support on your path of healing, self discovery and personal development, enabling you to combine creative activity with ME, MS, physical disability, depression and stress
Help connecting with and expressing your deepest self - explore integrating mindfulness, spiritual counselling, creative expression and coaching
Support going professional with creative practice, including making a business plan, or if you are already a creative professional, support with professional development to move your business forward, deepen and progress your creative work or change direction
Support for women: women often find difficulty giving themselves permission to nourish themselves through creative activities. Mindful Creativity Coaching can support you in learning to balance creative work with other areas of your life, such as relationships, time management, physical health, social and family life and spirituality
Mindful Creativity Coaching as CPD personalised for what you want to explore
A Mindful Life Coach and Creativity Coach based on the Norfolk Suffolk UK border, I offer a unique blend of Life Coaching, Creativity Coaching and Mindfulness Coaching on any personal, spiritual, creative or work related issue of your choice. At your own pace, you are invited to discover greater well-being, resilience, appreciation, joy, creative flow and contentment.
In a safe, confidential, relaxed, informal atmosphere, I support your journey using a variety of approaches drawn from over 25 years' experience in coaching, therapeutic art, mindfulness, meditation, art teaching, practising as a professional artist and mentoring.
Your Mindful Life Coaching or Creativity Coaching can be very practical or deep and profound - often both are needed as we explore personal, spiritual, emotional, energetic dimensions and practical action plans. All Mindful Life Coaching and Creativity Coaching sessions are at times to suit you, and are entirely personalised for your own individual or organisational needs.
About Zangmo Alexander MA PGCE MAC
A qualified art teacher, coach and meditation teacher with an MA in Fine Art, I have been helping students and clients in colleges, the community and private practice to discover themselves and nurture their creativity for over 25 years. I am a member of the Association for Coaching and follow their code pf professional practice.
I have practised mindfulness and meditation for over twenty years, and was a Buddhist nun for seven years before returning to lay life. I received meditation and mindfulness teachings from revered spiritual masters as well as participating in a secular 8 Week Mindfulness course with the University of Bangor. This has given me a deep understanding of the creative process and its relationship with mindfulness, meditation and self discovery.
Enquiries and Bookings: 01379 897393 (UK)
Please note that cancellations received by me with less than 48 hours notice are non-refundable, and must be paid for in full. Cancellations with more than 48 hours notice are transferrable to another date but not refundable.