Hi, I'm Neil Morbey. I've been obsessed with rock climbing for 20 years and I worked long hours as a Landscape Architect for 10. Throughout all of this I had incredible adventures, but I was avoiding something. Since bullying in secondary school and spinal surgery at seventeen I had been using work and pleasure to distract myself from my underlying emotions, and to avoid my social anxiety.
This all began to change when I tried to meditate. I picked up a basic book, read the instructions and began. As I focused on my bodily sensations I observed frustration, pain, heartache. There was emotion in my body and mind and it was unbearable. Tears streamed down my face and I had to shake on the floor to calm down. I realised then, this was the start of a journey of healing and self-discovery.
Over the next few years I trained in many mind-body modalities as a way of trying to understand myself and change the way I think and feel. What I didn't know then is that, rather than change myself, the path of healing lay in accepting myself, exactly as I am, and learning to respond to my judgemental thoughts with kindness and compassion.
This changed my relationship to my emotions, my pain and my sense of self. As the relationship became more friendly my body relaxed and healed. I opened up to people and became less serious, less anxious and more calm and compassionate. It remains my life's work.
I was lucky enough to meet Mark Dunn on this journey. He taught me the STOP technique and helped me begin to teach meditation and self-enquiry. We now work separately and together and are lifelong friends. I have learned from him and others that we must reach out to others, build up communities of friends and in order to do that we must first get to know ourselves with kindness and compassion.
If you want to see more check out my TEDx TALK here
A summary of Neil's qualifications:
Mark Dunn, PositiveMeditation.com
"Despite an outwardly successful life - a senior position in the music industry, the perfect family, a beautiful house etc - I had always suffered from a seemingly uncontrollable mind. My inner world was very far from perfect. Endless negative thinking caused mood swings and exhaustion and finally led to the break-up of my marriage. Shortly afterwards I reached rock bottom. I could no longer live with the constant churning of my worrying mind and realized that I had to find a new way of being.
So I began to search for wisdom and for techniques that could release me from suffering. I left my job in London and, over the next five years, worked with yogis, spiritual masters, mindfulness experts and meditation teachers and studied with the wise and liberated in various places around the world.
The more I learned, the more I experienced joy and inner freedom. Through combining the best aspects of the most powerful methods, I found a solution that worked for me. As a result, I started to develop my own practice, which slowly evolved into Positive Meditation, which works in conjunction with Positively-Mindful.
Through the application of Positive Meditation I was able to stop myself as I entered into negative thought patterns. This new way of being changed my life dramatically and I began to live in The Now. Over time, I have developed the profound ability to love and accept whatever life throws at me and this has been a great liberation.
As my practice evolved, I noticed that friends started coming to me with their own problems and that I was able to help them. I decided to offer Positive Meditation to everyone that wanted to try it. Now, over six years later, thousands have tried the technique and many continue to tell their friends about it. Check out my website: positivemeditation.com
Dance Movement Psychotherapist (MA, BSc Hons.); Radical Allowing Practitioner; Focusing and Children Focusing Practitioner.
My name is Mareike, I was born in Germany and have been living in Bristol since 2016. I am passionate about exploring creative ways that enable me to help my clients to deepen the connection with themselves, others and their environments, such as writing, dancing, art and play.
Sometimes words are not the best way to express our deeper, more subtle inner experiences. As a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, I offer a wide range of creative ways to explore connection, emotions and expression as well as deeper psychological issues. This can be through movement, play, and the use of art and imagery as well as talking. Dance Movement Psychotherapy is based on the idea that body movement reflects inner states of being. Using movement as a form of communication can be a gateway into the deeper places inside us, through which forgotten, repressed, non-verbal, or inexpressible feelings and memories can be expressed and integrated.
In particular Dance Movement Psychotherapy can help us to unlock our own inner resources, find new perspectives, and realise our sense of safety within the body. For me the essence of working with another person is to be present, as a human being. The core of my work lies in providing a safe and trusting environment in which your inner processes can unfold in their own time and their unique way.
Since 2012 I have practised Focusing and Radical Allowing, which equip me with a deep sensitivity towards the more subtle and complex ways of inner experiencing. I find this invaluable in my work and day to day life. This approach can be especially beneficial in working with trauma, using the Felt Sense, the body’s deeper knowing to unlock and release the trauma. My greatest passion is in supporting people working through early developmental trauma and attachment issues, which may affect many areas of life for both children and adults.
Neil's manner is something that I have never seen in any practitioner before. He created an absolutely trusting, safe and non-judgemental environment where he positively challenged me, he provided me with worthy insights and easy tools to use in my day to day life, and we also had a lot of fun. (Lulu, 1-1 Client, 2015)