The lives we lead, particularly in the Western world, are technologically overburdened and spiritually impoverished. Our children can tell us the various merits of different operating systems for electronic devices, but are rarely in touch with how different emotions are experienced in the body, or how it feels to bring kindness to a moment of difficulty. They are bombarded almost constantly with information at a rate that mankind even 50 years ago would have struggled to begin to comprehend, and mental illness is at an all-time high. Research indicates that one of every four adolescents will have an episode of major depression during high school, with the average age of onset being 14 years of age. The human race is at a tipping point, and we have no sane choice but to begin to awaken the capacities within us that have too-long lain dormant. We can choose to lead a child towards awakening, and thus awaken ourselves.

Heather Grace MacKenzie was brought up on the Scottish Isle of Islay, daughter of a farmer and a conservationist. She is a Mindfulness Teacher, Reiki Master and Empowerment Coach. Heather has taught meditation and mindfulness to her own three children and her two step-children as well as children of all ages and stages in both family and school settings.

With the backing of the Mindfulness Association, founded by Rob Nairn, she is currently working on creating and evaluating a mindfulness course for secondary school students that is based on the Mindfulness Association’s Mindful Based Living Course (MBLC), as part of her studies for a PhD in Education with Aberdeen University. She is passionate about focusing her research on teaching children mindfulness with a strong emphasis on self-compassion, helping children and adolescents learn to live in a way that honours the deepest longings and aspirations of their heart.
Heather owns a successful holistic therapy business in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, working with therapists who excel in their fields of expertise, to offer therapies, workshops and courses to support people in becoming all that they are destined to be. Her most important work, however, is mothering four boys.

She is passionate about focusing her research on teaching children mindfulness with a strong emphasis on self-compassion, helping children and adolescents learn to live in a way that honours the deepest longings and aspirations of their heart. Fostering the development of mindfulness in the home as well as in schools seems of primary importance in creating a more peaceful future for us all.

She owns a successful holistic therapy business in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire (www.wheredragonsfly.net), working with therapists who excel in their fields of expertise, to offer therapies, workshops and courses to support people in becoming all that they are destined to be. She also promotes her mindfulness work through her personal website – http://www.heathergrace.co.uk. Her most important work, however, is mothering four amazing boys.

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Awakening Child Book

Published on Jul 5, 2016

‘AWAKENING CHILD: A Journey of inner transformation through teaching your child mindfulness and compassion’ by Heather Grace MacKenzie is a book that invites parents and those working with children to engage in a journey of self-acceptance and self-compassion in order to create a more peaceful life, both for ourselves and for our children. Learn to become more present and to move through life with greater ease through teaching this to a child.

‘Soothing Words’ Guided Meditation

Published on Aug 1, 2016

A mindfulness practice by Heather Grace MacKenzie who is a mindfulness and compassion teacher, and author of ‘Awakening Child: A journey of inner transformation through teaching your child mindfulness and compassion’.

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