Carole Lacy

Mindful Stream

Supporting you towards increased wellbeing and ease through evidence-based mindfulness training.

How are you right now? 


Stressed? Worried? 


Or simply feeling that life could be better?


Are you seeking to restore your sense of balance?


Even at the best of times we may answer yes to most if not all of these questions. 

Now, among other things, the pandemic, cost of living, war in Ukraine and global warming etc has added to the pressures leaving many feeling on even more shaky ground.


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Some ways Mindfulness training can help?

1. By teaching us to recognise when we add to our distress and discomfort....

For example by overthinking.....

Mindfulness training enables us to wake up to how our negative thinking, ruminating about past events and worrying and catastrophising about what might happen in the future, can seriously add to our difficulties and affect our mental health and wellbeing.

 Overthinking can lead us to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and dread.


Yet, this is what minds do - they think! 


Mindfulness helps us to recognise the habitual  thought streams that lead to our additional suffering and unhappiness and how to respond rather than react.

MINDFULNESS IS NOT TRYING TO CONTROL OUR MINDS BUT IS A WAY OF STOPPING OUR MINDS FROM CONTROLLING US!

2. By learning to tune into the body.....​

How often do you find yourself reaching for the pain killers to ease headaches, neck ache, back ache? 


I'm not talking here about medical conditions that require prescription medication, (Mindfulness can help with these too), but the day to day discomforts that can spoil our enjoyment of life.

When first coming to mindfulness training, many of us begin to recognise how much we live in our heads. We can be unaware of our bodily sensations until discomfort shows itself and we find ourselves reaching for the paracetamol, alcohol or other substances of choice to ease the pain.


Once we are able to pick up on these body sensation earlier on, for example muscles beginning to tighten up, we can often nip things in the bud before they become a problem. 

3. By taming self criticism....

Oh, we can be so accomplished at this! How often can we be found comparing ourselves to others or to ideas of how we should be? Would we speak to our best friend the way we speak to ourselves?


We're all, each and every one of us, a work in progress. NO-ONE has all the answers or is perfect in every way.


 Bringing kindness and self compassion to our experience and to our challenges  can free us up to be able to extend this to others too. This in itself can be truly liberating.

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Where is the evidence that Mindfulness training works?

Since the 1980's, and especially since the development of advanced brain imagery techniques, there have been thousands of research studies worldwide that have shown that taking part in one of the long established, evidence based, mindfulness courses such as 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and 

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), 

taught by a well trained teacher, can help many conditions including high stress levels and blood pressure, 

chronic pain, 

 irritability, 

tinnitus, 

anxiety, 

depression, 

sleep problems, 

memory 

to name just a few, as well as helping improve our general sense of well being and happiness.

Let's face it, sooner or later, we will all be faced with challenges in our lives. 

These may arise as a result of loss, illness,  personal or work situations,  or just  from a vague feeling that life could be better. 


World events may have added another layer of difficulty to all of the above. 


Viktor Frankl, the holocaust survivor who went on to write about his experiences in the book 'Man's Search for Meaning', said:

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.


But, you don't need to be experiencing any of these conditions to benefit. 

Mindfulness training enables us to move through whatever life throws up with more ease and calm.

We learn new ways to hold steady and keep a sense of balance when navigating through life's storms.


So where do you start?

It's a bit of a maze out there! There are so many different mindfulness and meditation courses, books and apps available that it can be  difficult to decide where to go. 

That's why it's so important to choose a teacher who has gone through a rigorous training programme, who abides by professional codes of good pract​ice,  and is able to help you decide if this is the right approach and the right time for you to engage in a mindfulness programme - without any pressure to join up.

British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches​

As a listed teacher, I abide by BAMBA's good practice guidelines. This involves meeting their rigorous listing criteria, having regular supervision, continuing professional development and insurance.

 BAMBA also asks that Listed Teachers have their own daily mindfulness practise and attend an annual silent retreat of a minimum of five days,

Research has shown that teachers who practice what they teach are far more effective than those that don't. 


Just a small sample of what people have been saying recently....


'I’d been through the mechanics of mindfulness before. The course really developed that with lots of practice, details of how to make it work in life situations, different ways of viewing things so they could be accepted and used as springboards instead of obstacles.  Carole’s approach is really friendly, enthusiastic and practical'


'It's (mindfulness training) really helped me keep it together. Thanks for what you've taught me.....'


(during Isolation) 'I'm enjoying doing the QiGong exercises each morning and breathing (meditation) in the afternoon...'


'Thanks for the session this morning - it's quite a step up from my learning Mindfulness from a book!'


'I would like to thank you for the (Staying Mindful) Zoom sessions on Wednesdays and for all the mindfulness materials you share. For me, and I know for others, it's a great support.'


Sustaining Integrity in Teaching & Training

Carole is coordinator for the 'West Midlands to the Welsh Borders' SiTT group. 

Coming together to support local Mindfulness teachers who abide by BAMBA Good Practice Guidelines to be the best we can be.


Training to teach Mindfulness

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The courses taught by Carole Lacy meet the pre-requisite for anyone wishing to train with most of the BAMBA registered Teacher Training Organisations such as Oxford or Bangor Universities.

Also for access to training to teach courses for children - teach dots, paws.b or .b programmes in the 

Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) 


Being in the present moment


General geographical areas covered

West Midlands, North Worcestershire & South Staffordshire.

Also Worldwide on Zoom


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What our customers are saying

It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of

hap​piness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the future in order to get more.


Thich Nhat Hanh