Our Story “I have dedicated this later part of my life to better understanding the reasons why I suffered from anxiety and depression for so long, without my body and mind naturally healing itself like it does for every other injury or illness that I sustained.
Realisation that these illnesses were merely a pointer, that they were a guide of my own personal discovery. I had hidden behind the bullshit that had been shovelled to me by the society we live in as well as some regrettable life choices. This constant need to be better, not being happy with who I am was the root cause of my anxiety & depression.
I used to believe . . . That I was alone in this battle, that no one else was like me, that all I was doing was hurting people, that what the media and advertising was telling me was truth… That I am not enough, that I need more things to make me happy…
Realisation of this I am that we all hide behind was this bullshit talking directly into my thoughts… This ‘I am’ was keeping me separate, locked in the belief that if I worked hard and smiled to hide the pain, that it all eventually goes away.
What unearthed was that self love, compassion, stillness, connection and acceptance are the most important things to us all.
We have just got a little confused, a little lost, a little side tracked. Its time to wake up… ”
I always wondered why random disruptive thoughts arose at random times, even on days where everything was amazing, it could without any warning literally take my breath away and put me in a deep hole of confusion, anxiety and sadness. Dan Ireland
I have been blessed with the opportunity to represent this beautiful country in Sprint Kayaking, winning State and National Championships in both Sprint Kayaking and Surf Life Saving, had my body in peak physical fitness, was able to push my physical body to its absolute limits… yet when my mind turned against me I didn’t know what I could do to stop the saddness and confusion that ultimately entailed.
I tried everything, talking therapy, medication, CBT… nothing seemed to pull me out of the hole I felt I was in.
I hid this illness from everyone, seeing it as shameful and embarrassing. I cried uncontrollably behind doors and wondered what I had done to myself to get in this state… I thought, that all I was doing was letting everyone down…
Mindfulness taught me to step back from situations, understanding where my emotions were bubbling from, and releasing thoughts that seemingly arose from nowhere.
I battled with anxiety & depression for such a long a period of my life, I just thought this was me… stuck angry and sad…
Human givens gave me hope, alongside mindfulness it gave me the tools to manage these thoughts and emotions. I learnt how to take back control of my life with tools we should have been shown at school…
I have completed many courses over the years from some incredible meditation/mindfulness & emotional intelligence teachers and globally regarded masters in their field, from a range of secular and non-secular experiences. Through there wonderful teachings, the 100’s & 100’s of hours of investment into the practice, I wanted to start passing this amazing life tool onto others through a range of courses aimed at improving your mental health through self confidence, compassion, calmness, emotional intelligence, resilience and of course cultivating mindfulness.
Meditation and mindfulness does not have to be just a tool for enlightenment or your “awakening”. Through my own experiences as well as those that are shared by attendees on my courses, it has some incredible side effects. It helps with anxiety, depression, sleep problems, studying for exams, pain and emotion along with so many others.