“Mindfulness is about training yourself to pay attention in a different way.
When a person is mindful, they:
- Focus on the present moment
- Try not to think about anything that went on in the past or that might be coming up in the future
- Purposefully concentrate on what is going on around them
- Try not to be judgmental about anything they notice, or label things as ‘good’ or ‘bad’
“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.”
Sheryl Maastrecht and Lorna Schofield have teamed up to offer mindfulness based interventions for young people in East London.
MINDFULNESS PROGRAMS OFFERED: For Children | For Teens
She works with children, teens, adults and families who are experiencing challenges they wish to understand better and have more influence over. Lorna’s community psychology work includes facilitating parenting workshops for parents of children in early learning centres in townships and suburbs.
Lorna’s initial training was in Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University and from 1989 to 2007 she worked in related fields. Between 2007 and 2010, while running a media consultancy, she trained as a coach through UCT’s Centre for Coaching. It was here that she became aware of mindfulness as a valuable practice to limit the effects of stress. In 2011 she began working towards a long-held aspiration to become a psychologist and in that same year she attended a Mindfulness Teacher’s Development Retreat and has been deepening her understanding and practice of mindfulness ever since.
Lorna registered as a psychologist in 2014 and has taught two mindfulness-based interventions in 2017. HPCSA Registration Number: PS 0124087 BHF Practice Number: 0537322
Sheryl completed a two-year certification in teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions through Stellenbosch University in 2017. She is interested in the application of mindful practices in schools, and with youngsters and their families, and the potential this has for creating a kinder, more tolerant, less stressful space to learn, grow and thrive.