Elaine, the founder of Live Mindfully Ltd has worked with clients, both on a one-to-one basis and in group settings since 2008. She is a qualified mindfulness teacher, licenced Master Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, wellbeing coach and has a Diploma in Ericksonian & Clinical Hypnotherapy. Since 2010, her work has been highly influenced by the studies and advanced trainings she has undertaken with Dr Stephen Gilligan in both the US and the UK. Dr Gilligan is highly regarded worldwide for his work in the area of self relations and psychotherapy and in 2016 Elaine sponsored him to come to Scotland for the very first time.
Elaine’s own mindfulness journey began in 2007, when a very close friend and colleague died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 42. Elaine was Area Director in the corporate division of a major UK bank at the time – working long hours, living in Edinburgh and travelling to London once or twice a week. She says “My friend was working similar hours and his death had a profound effect on me as I realised that I was effectively living my life on automatic pilot. Somehow, over the years I had gone from a person who worked to live, to becoming a person who lived to work. I realised that all my plans for the things I wanted to do were scheduled for when I retired – and yet I was only 44.”
Her friend’s untimely death was a wake-up call and the catalyst to make her consider what she really wanted to do with her life. Elaine signed up for an Open University course in psychology, trained in a number of different disciplines, including Mindfulness, NLP and Hypnotherapy and moved back home to the beautiful Scottish Borders where she set up her own business dedicated to helping people manage and embrace change, thereby reducing stress and anxiety and enhancing their own sense of wellbeing.
Gillian runs many of our sessions in the workplace. Gillian has personally practised meditation for over 15 years and describes it as being her anchor through life’s ups and downs. She knows how important maintaining a sense of well-being is to staying healthy, feeling good and functioning well, and she is passionate about passing on techniques that will help you “ride life’s waves instead of being swamped by them!”
Gillian worked in the corporate environment for over 20 years. She completed her Mindfulness Association teacher training at Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre in 2011 and has been teaching mindfulness meditation since then. Her continued training has included mindfulness, compassion and insight meditation courses under the guidance of Rob Nairn, one of the leading teachers in this field.
Gillian is dedicated to her own spiritual development, having an interest in a range of therapies and spiritual traditions including meditation, yoga, Reiki, Buddhism, shamanism, Indian Head Massage and Bach Flower Remedies. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her free time and holidays in the mountains – walking, climbing, ski touring or simply soaking up the blessings of nature. Gillian is a keen supporter of ROKPA, a charity that works in Tibetan areas of China, in Nepal and Zimbabwe.
I really enjoyed the course and came away floating on air, full of a quiet radiance and a delight in the new attention i was able to give to others….. and i guess to myself! Thanks so much for the delivery which was most helpful and therapeutic. I was pretty amazed by the residual feeling of wellbeing and balance the day left behind in my mind. I have been meditating every day since it finished – and taking moments as i sit, drive etc to settle my mind and be aware of my body, my breathing and my thoughts. Long may it last!
Stress & Mindfulness
Professor Mark Williams, Oxford University