Calming The Mind
with Kim Murray
Saturday 18th May
Join Kim Murray from Happy Heads for her Calming The Mind workshop, introducing you to simple mindfulness tools.
Q: Hi Kim. Tell us a little about what you do at Happy Heads
Happy Heads teaches simple mindful tools & techniques that improve the mental, physical and emotional well-being of people of all ages - building confidence, reducing anxiety, improving self esteem and increasing focus to help you deal with stress and big transitions in your life.
Most people think they can’t meditate and it's all about sitting still and being silent - I promise you it's not! I make it really simple and accessible for everyone no matter what your age, experience or temperament.
Q: Tell us about your upcoming workshop 'Calming The Mind'
What can people expect from the workshop and what might they take away from the experience?
I’ll be teaching you how to stop, think and breathe - empowering you with simple mindful tools and techniques that build confidence, reduce stress, increase focus and release self doubt.
Meditation helps improve both mental and physical well-being bringing you back into balance when you need it most. This two hour workshop has been specifically designed to help improve both mental and physical wellbeing and includes - insight into the brain, shortcut breathing techniques (mini meditations), guided meditation and Emotional Freedom Technique.
EFT is a great way to help release negative thoughts and tension held in your body, enabling you to be the best version of yourself. You’ll leave having a clear understanding of how simple meditation can be and how to utilise EFT, so you’ll be fully equipped to integrate the techniques into your daily routine.
Q: Could you tell us about the practice of EFT?
EFT works like a non invasive form of acupuncture - instead of using a needle to relieve tension, where your energy lines (meridian lines) begin and end they are closer to the surface of the skin so you can tap them to release the tension and negative blockages that you hold in your mind and body.
EFT uses Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques. Neuro refers to your neurology, linguistic refers to language, programming refers to how that neural language functions - it's like learning the language of your own mind. Tapping is a powerful tool for helping your mind get to the core route of a problem, identifying where a limiting belief came from and then processing that memory - releasing you from its emotional charge.
Q: What led you starting Happy Heads?
Having worked in Marketing & Events for over 11 years I was accustomed to a high pressure job. In early 2016, a hugely stressful work situation left me suffering from anxiety and depression. Two things I'd never experienced before and the sharp decline was both out of character and completely debilitating.
Looking for solutions to get me back on track, I began to meditate and took a life changing week long course called the Hoffman Process. It was during this time that I realised the true power of meditation and visualisations, which helped me lose all my anxiety, depression and properly grieve for my dad who sadly took his own life when I was 7 years old.
It was a profound experience and I decided that I needed to change career and help people of all ages look after their mental and physical wellbeing, which led me to launch Happy Heads.
Q: What does a day in the life of Kim look like?
I wake up at 7am most days and the first thing I do before anything else, such as check my phone or email, is meditate and anchor myself in the present moment. I sit in a chair and do my morning check-in to notice how I’m feeling that day. Depending on what's going on for me in that moment the morning meditation will vary - finishing with positive affirmations is a really great way to start your day.
My mind is clearer first thing so before it's been bombarded with information I try to do anything that requires a creative output early - blog & social posts, creative writing, meditation workshop planning, designing new visualisations and retreat plans.
In the afternoon I often lead meditation workshops in companies. Having come from that world I know exactly how to help people reduce their stress and anxiety, which leads to improved work / life balance.
Q: Sunsets or sunrises?
This is such a hard question as I absolutely LOVE both. Watching a sunrise or sunset is amazing for the soul and makes me so happy. If I had to decide I would say a sunset, it's the perfect way to end the day and the spectrum of colours that fill the sky are always incredible.
Book here to join Kim on the 18th May.