I went to the Manchester Buddhist Centre in 2007 as I was struggling in a marriage and with two young kids. I didn’t want to be an ‘angry dad’ so I enrolled on a few meditation courses. Quite soon I found some real benefits. I noticed as I practiced, that I was becoming less reactive and more ‘creative’ with my mood and outlook. It’s as true today as when I first began – and now wouldn’t be without it.

I practice for between 20 minutes and an hour per day. I alternate between two types, the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana (Sanskrit for the cultivation of loving-kindness). I completely engage with both of these and occasionally, especially when on retreat, have surfed some higher states of consciousness (called Dhyana states). These days I find that it keeps my mood on an even keel, when life’s ‘worldly winds’ swirl!

During the past few years, I have established a meditation class at work. I lead the two practices for people who take some time out of their day. The current class is well attended and takes place at the MMU Student Union on a Thursday lunchtime. I love doing it and benefit a great deal. On Thursday I will bow out though – as the new term may clash with potential treatment.

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Tom Llewellyn

Hello! My name is Tom Llewellyn and I’m a former long distance runner. In December 2010, I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis. Several years later in November 2017, I was re-diagnosed with a progressive form of the condition. I now use a walking stick to get around. I write about my journey with the condition of MS – and also of life – documented over the course of several years. Much of the subject matter is about my scars and my healing. Not forgetting Public Enemy and DJing!

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