Continuation: Meet the Teacher: Benedikt Říčný

I then went on to do a teacher training course by way of doing a Masters in Mindfulness Based Interventions.
So in short, what brought me to mindfulness? Self-care and love of science.
My journey towards teaching mindfulness was a serious of eureka moments where I learned that the frame-works within mindfulness and Buddhism are effectively applicable and transferable to others.

How does mindfulness help me personally?
In a plethora of ways really. I am more confident, more calm, I sleep better, I can concentrate better, time goes by slower, I am more involved in life, I enjoy emotions more, whatever happens, I can find joy in it.

What is one piece of advice I would give someone starting with mindfulness?
Remember it is not an answer, let alone THE answer. It is a frame work, which if given time and practice, will give you space to do the necessary work and has the potential to completely change your view of life for the better. The more you put in, the more you will get out of it, and it is absolutely okay, if it is not for you.

What is one practical way I weave mindfulness into my day?
Noticing. Noticing everything and noticing that I’m noticing nothing. And being aware of the fact that everything is impermanent.
Also that, breathing can bring us back to this neutral state of experience, this state of flow where the ego does not exist, pure experience, void of any interpretations or judgements.

What does mindfulness mean for me?
These days, mindfulness is protruding everything I do. My view of life, experiential responses, self-care, relationships. It may have started out as an interest and a chronic pain management strategy, but really swallowed me to the extent that everything I say can be somehow traced back to my training. It’s both insanely annoying and glorious according to my friends.

What am I up to these days?
I currently reside in the Czech Republic where I am working on raising awareness and adapting the teachings into Czech & German. Furthermore, I am specialising in developing tailor made mindfulness interventions and self-development courses for organisations from the public & private sector. I also deliver individual Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Traditional mindfulness courses (MBSR, MBCT), and addiction related mindfulness work across in-person & online platforms.
If you would like to have a chat or ask about anything, please feel free to reach out to me at benedikt.ricny@gmail.com

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