A BENEFICIARY of meditation sessions at a Coventry mindfulness centre is encouraging others to attend a spiritual event at Coventry Cathedral this weekend – in the week of mental health day.
Tracy O’Sullivan first started feeling the effects of meditation sessions four years ago after encountering problems in her personal life.
The 50-year-old visited City Arcade-based Flame Centre, ran by Pushy Sanghera, in an attempt to resolve her inner thoughts through meditation.
Four years on, Tracy is now encouraging Coventrians to approach this weekend’s ‘Mindfulness and Spiritual Intelligence’ event at Coventry Cathedral with an ‘open mind’ – and she hopes she can help others through their personal problems.
The annual event at the cathedral, which will run from 6pm until 9pm, will explore the process of spiritual intelligence and feature talks from leading experts in the field of mindfulness.
Speaking to The Observer, Tracy said she’s glad she opened up about her problems to Pushy and encouraged others to do the same.
She said: “I remember I was sat in the Flame and things in my life were not good.
“I talked to Pushy about my situation and she suggested I go to one of their meditation classes.
“I’d never done it before, but I was open-minded before I entered – that’s important.
“Everyone listened to each other and that night I slept very well, which hadn’t happened in a long time.
“My improved sleeping pattern had a knock-on effect and things in life got a lot easier.
“The Flame is the one place where you can talk to someone in confidence with no judgement.
“We’re very blessed to have such a wonderful facility in Coventry.”
Dav Panesar, a pioneer of right-mindfulness based interventions in health and personal development with more than 20 years’ experience in the field, will be speaking.
He will be joined by Professor Brian Les Lancaster, of Liverpool John Moores University, and Ivana Buric, a PhD student at Coventry University.
The event will include real life case studies sharing transformational experiences, challenges, and discovering solutions.
Pushy Sanghera, co-director of The Flame, said: “We are overwhelmed at the success and support for the events and the impact of this event on the health, mental and physical health of individuals.
“Every year we will give people the chance to be part of a unique and rewarding experience.
“The event offers individuals a chance to transform their life with right-mindfulness-based practices.
“It is a privilege to be able to host these events, especially at such a prestigious and iconic venue like Coventry Cathedral, and to have leading world experts and pioneers.”