Mindfulness class – Week 1

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Recognising the Unsettled Mind

In Week 1 beginner’s Mindfulness class, I outline what Mindfulness is and how this is of benefit in daily lives. The first thing to acknowledge is that our minds wander all the time. This is the same for all of us. The mind has a strong habit of moving away from the present and into distraction. We set the intention to do one thing and the mind does the other. This shows us that we are not in control of our activity within the mind.

The unsettled mind is like a butterfly. It won’t stay in one place for long and insists on flitting from one thing to another continuously. At the beginning of learning to do Mindfulness Meditation, it is important to understand that thoughts arise by themselves. We don’t decide to have thoughts. When we are doing a Mindfulness Meditation, we are not trying to make our minds go blank. We will be learning to recognise when we become involved with a thought and become lost in thinking.

The first step is to recognise the unsettled mind. This is feedback from a participant in the group after the ‘Recognising the Unsettled Mind’ Exercise.

Recognising The Unsettled Mind: Feedback from a group participant in the Mindfulness class(MBLC).

Taking part in this first Mindfulness exercise was relaxing and gave me a few minutes of tranquility. The sound of the bell really made me become aware of the thoughts in my mind. It also allowed me to focus my attention on my physical body and the small movements I was making all the way from my blinking eyes to my wiggling toes. My mind often tends to wander. This Mindfulness exercise gave me the opportunity to become more conscious of my fidgeting. It also allowed me space to be more open with myself about the thoughts of worry and stress behind these small but constant insecurities. The sound of the bell was very therapeutic. It was able to snap me out of my wandering thoughts and also bringing my mind back to focusing on embracing the present moment.

Settling the Mind

I guide the Mindfulness class in how to settle their minds by resting their attention on an alternative point of focus. Their focus in the Meditation is on regulating their breathing and counting their In and Out Breath.  Our minds are like a muscle, we can deliberately with effort, learn how to settle our minds by using our breath.  

Even though they focus their attention on the Breathing and counting, thoughts will arise in their minds, that are okay and normal.  When they realised they got caught up with a thought, they started to notice that they were no longer in the present moment. This Mindfulness meditation also helps the group observe when they got lost in fretting about something that could happen or dwelling on something that has already happened.

So throughout our lives, we have created the habit to get involved with our thoughts as soon as they appear in our minds. We associate thoughts with thinking and due to habit, we get caught up in thoughts without realising it.

This is feedback from a participant in the group after the ‘Settling the Mind’ Meditation.

Settling the Mind Meditation: Feedback from a group participant.

When participating in this Mindfulness meditation, I found that at first, I was little reluctant towards embracing a peaceful state. My brain would not stop wandering off into unnecessary thoughts. However, once I had settled into the meditation, I started to feel more peaceful and at ease. Geraldine was able to take me on a Mindfulness journey that allowed me to connect more consciously with my breathing. This led me to become aware of my thinking and then allowed me to bring myself back to the present moment. I can see how Mindfulness will benefit me by becoming aware of when I wander off into thinking especially into future worries. When the class ended, I experienced myself feeling less stressed and more positive.

Mindfulness Meditation audios


At the end of each Meditation class, I e:mail out notes and audios that have been recorded by me. Participants can still access the Meditation recordings even after the 8-week course has ended. Here is an extract of ‘Settling the Mind’ meditation. I have included other audios in the 8-week Mindfulness blog posts so you can listen to the tone of my voice.        Read  Week 2 Mindfulness course


Mindfulness Class in Musselburgh, East Lothian

The Mindfulness Class (MBLC – Mindfulness Based Living Course) will be run over an 8-week block at   Fisherrow Centre, Musselburgh, East Lothian. The next Mindfulness Meditation training course will commence on Tuesday 18th February 2020 until the 7th of April (7 pm – 9pm). The cost of the 8-week block is £160.

For more information or to book a space for the Tuesday evening class, click the link here – Mindfulness Meditation class- Musselburgh

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is defined as present moment attention, “be here now”. In a Mindfulness Course, you will be learning to quieten your mind, therefore, helping you live more in the present moment.  During a Mindfulness Meditation, we are not attempting to make your mind go blank or empty your minds of thoughts. We are allowing thoughts to come and go without chasing after them. We are beginning to recognise the habit of getting involved in thoughts which result in being lost into thinking. When we get lost in thinking, we are either dwelling on something that has already happened or fretting about something that could happen in the future.

Mindfulness Class – 8-week timetable

The Mindfulness class consists of 8 sessions in a group setting and each week there will be a different theme to explore. You will get an opportunity to practice Mindful Meditation in the class. I will e:mail you the audio Mindfulness Meditations which you can still access after the course is completed.

The weekly themes for the Mindfulness Class are

  • Week 1 – What is Mindfulness and learning more about settling the mind
  • Week 2 – How to use the body as a place to stay present -Body Scan
  • Week 3 – Introduction mindfulness support in Meditation – breath and sound
  • Week 4 – Working with distraction and  the benefits of Mindful movement
  • Week 5 – Becoming aware of our thoughts and habits & Loving Kindness exercise
  • Week 6 – Attitude of the observer in Mindfulness Meditation
  • Week 7 – Self-acceptance – Self-compassion Break
  • Week 8 – A mindfulness-based life

For more information about each week, you can read my blog posts from 1st May – 19th June 2019 – Mindfulness class blog

I a registered Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association. – Mindfulness Association Teacher List

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Learn Mindfulness in Musselburgh

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By attending an 8-week Mindfulness class, you will learn Mindfulness Meditations. This will include meditations such as the Body Scan, 3-minute Breathing Space and a Breath Meditation. It is advised to listen to the audios at home to become familiar with the meditations. By practising Mindfulness you will become calmer, more focused and happier in your daily life.

​​​​​​Why Learn Mindfulness in a group?

By allocating time for yourself, 2 hours on a Tuesday evening, you are allowing your body and mind to rest and restore itself. By attending a class versus meditating with an App, you will won’t have the distraction of phones or interruptions. It gives you a peaceful space to listen to the Mindfulness Meditations. It also allows you to feel the benefits of the different Meditations as we explore them each week.

Mindfulness Meditation is giving you space to become more aware when you are present or when our mind drifts off. I will guide the Mediations so you can focus on my voice, therefore, giving less attention to the inner chatter of your mind.

By being part of a group, you can share your experiences of doing the Mindfulness Meditation practices at home during the week. You can also share and hear how bringing Mindfulness into your daily life is beneficial e.g. being more aware of the seasons, the taste of your food, less anxious driving to/from work. By being part of a group, we can nurture and learn from each other.

Where is the Mindfulness Class being held?

The Mindfulness Class is being held at the Wishing Tree, 85 High Street, Musselburgh, East Lothian. The Meditation class takes place upstairs in a peaceful, comfortable room. The Soft Play area is closed in the evenings so the room will be quiet and no interruptions to practice Meditations. There is ample free street parking in the evenings.

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What is the cost of the Mindfulness Meditation class?

The cost for the 8-week Mindfulness Meditation class commencing on the 17th September will be £160. The cost includes audio Mindfulness Meditations and a manual.  You also have my support via e:mail/phone calls throughout the 8-week course. The Mindfulness course will run from Tuesday 17th September to Tuesday 12th November (7pm-9pm). There will be no class during the East Lothian Mid-term school break (15th October). If you need to miss a week, I can e:mail you the audio and notes for that week in advance. You will still have access to the Mindfulness Meditations after the course so can re-visit the Meditations when you wish to in the future.

To book your space, you can click on this link for        Mindfulness Meditation class – Tuesday evenings

By pausing throughout the day and doing a few minutes of Mindful Meditation such as the 3-Minute Breathing space will help you manage stress, stay more focused at work and also sleep better.


How East Lothian Business Gateway helped Me-Time Therapies

East Lothian Business Gateway

I am featured in the latest East Lothian Business Buzz magazine – P15/16 –

Here is the extract from the East Lothian Business Buzz magazine – “A workshop on using social media for business led an established East Lothian business in an unexpected direction – with brilliant results! By attending a Business Gateway Facebook for Business workshop in September 2016, Geraldine McCullagh of Me-Time Therapies can now look back and see that this was the first stepping stone into diversifying her established therapy business. Geraldine had wrongly assumed that Business Gateway workshops were only open to and relevant to new businesses. But attending one workshop opened her eyes and she went on to take part in further workshops on social media and marketing – all relevant to her therapy business. As well as workshops, Geraldine successfully applied for a Digital Health Check and went on to receive support to build a new website. With the confidence Geraldine gained in creating her own website, she decided to create a product – Make your own Body Butter & Lip Balm kit. With a prototype created, she attended her first Biz East Lothian Coffee Morning where she was introduced to Stephen Newlin, East Lothian Business Advisor.

Meeting at the Business Gateway office at Queen Margaret University, Stephen recommended Geraldine put in an application for Branding and Marketing Consultancy with the ERDF business support programme. This proved to be a major stepping stone into launching the Make Your Own Body Butter & Lip Balm Kit in October 2017.

The consultancy helped Geraldine create a new logo for Me-Time Therapies as well as a new design for the sleeve of the kit.

From the inception of the idea of creating the kit, Geraldine knew it belonged on Amazon and after some setbacks and frustrations, the kit was accepted by Amazon UK, two weeks before Christmas.







To her surprise, she had some sales which spurred her on. At the beginning of 2018, armed now with her new logo and beginning to understand how to sell products on Amazon Prime, Geraldine created three more handmade aromatherapy skincare products – Relaxing Massage Balm, Invigorating Massage Balm and a Vegan Body Butter. Throughout 2018, Geraldine established Me-Time Therapies products on Amazon and gained five-star reviews and repeat customers. Sales in December exceeded her expectations as all the products where popular as Christmas gifts.”

Geraldine said: “I am very grateful for all the assistance and encouragement that I’ve received from East Lothian Business Gateway. Now, having a successful product range, I feel it gives me a strong platform to continue running my own business in East Lothian. I’m also just about getting used to being called an entrepreneur’!”



Women in Business Celebration

Women business owners

I was invited by East Lothian Business Gateway to the EntreprenHER talk at Queen Margaret University on Tuesday 19th March. The event focused on ‘being women in Business today’ and the challenges that female Entrepreneurs face. Prue Leith (the Bake Off judge) was the main speaker and shared her story of being a woman in business.

Prue Leith said “If you start with an optimistic nature, it doesn’t matter if you fail. Start with an idea that you really care about – that’s what matters.” This really resonated with me as over the past 22 years, I have also worked in a similar way.

I feel very fortunate that over the past 22 years as a female in Business in Scotland, I haven’t faced setbacks or discriminations. During the talk, it mentioned that Women in Business can be held back due to their gender, family commitments and unable to raise capital. Prue also mentioned that she never borrowed money for her business to grow. I have also done the same as that means if a recession hits or the economy slows down, you aren’t struggling to pay back bank loans. Prue said that she knew many successful women in business overextended themselves financially and their business went under.

I got to ask her a question about the difficulty in ensuringWork/Life Balance and how she implements Self-care into her life. She said that she ensured that she allocated time in her diary for holidays to re-charge her batteries. I also like having short breaks and holidays to look forward as this motivates me.

She also said that she loves being in business and although 80 years old next year, she is launching 2 new businesses this year. I hope that I can maintain her enthusiasm and her energy as I allow my business to grow and flourish.


Privacy Policy & GDPR

INTRODUCTION – Privacy Policy

This privacy policy provides you with details of how we collect and process your personal data through your use of our site www.me-time-therapy.co.uk  including any information you may provide through our site when you purchase a product or service.

By providing us with your data, you warrant to us that you are over 13 years of age.

Me-Time Therapies is the data controller and we are responsible for your personal data (referred to as “we”, “us” or “our” in this privacy notice).

Contact Details

Our full details are:

Full name of legal entity:  Geraldine McCullagh, Me-Time Therapies

Email address: Geraldine@me-time-therapy.co.uk

Postal address: 26 Eskview Road, Musselburgh, EH 21 6NZ

If you are not happy with any aspect of how we collect and use your data, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We should be grateful if you would contact us first about our Privacy Policy if you do have a complaint so that we can try to resolve it for you.

It is very important that the information we hold about you is accurate and up to date. Please let us know if at any time your personal information changes by emailing us at Geraldine@me-time-therapy.co.uk


Personal data means any information capable of identifying an individual.

We may process certain types of personal data about you as follows:

  • Identity Data may include your first name and surname
  • Contact Data may include your billing address, delivery address, email address and telephone numbers.
  • Transaction Data may include details about payments between us and other details of purchases made by you.


We collect data about you through a variety of different methods including:

Direct interactions: You may provide data by filling in forms on our site (or otherwise) or by communicating with us by phone, email or otherwise, including when you:

  • order our products or services;

Third parties or publicly available sources: We may receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources as set out below:

Contact, Financial and Transaction Data from providers of technical, payment and delivery services                              based inside OR outside the EU.


We will only use your personal data when legally permitted. The most common uses of your personal data are:

  • Where we need to perform the contract between us.
  • Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
  • Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

Generally, we do not rely on consent as a legal ground for processing your personal data. Me-Time Therapies do not send our marketing communications to you via email or text message.

Purposes for processing your personal data

Set out below is a description of the ways we intend to use your personal data and the legal grounds on which we will process such data. We have also explained what our legitimate interests are where relevant.

We may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground, depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please email us at Geraldine@me-time-therapy.co.uk  if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the table below.


Vegan Body Butter now selling on Amazon

My handmade Vegan Body Butter is now selling on Amazon.co.uk. The main features of the Body Butter are

  • 100% natural ingredients – nut allergy free (no Almond oil used), petrochemicals free, no mineral or no palm oils used to make the Vegan Body Butter. Safe to use on Sensitive skin.
  • Suitable as a Body Moisturiser and as a Hand Cream as the Body Butter will deeply nourish and moisturise your skin especially dry or sun damaged or sore or rough skin.(such as around the nostrils after a cold/hayfever).
  • Suitable for a Male or Female Vegan gift or vegan skincare as no beeswax or animal products used to make the Vegan Body Butter or nor it is tested on animals.
  • Economical as the Gender-Neutral Citrus fragrance (Bergamot, Grapefruit and Lemon ) will be popular with the whole family so you will be cutting down on buying both male and female fragrance body lotions.
  • Organic Shea Butter & Organic Cocoa Butter are blended with Sunflower oil & Olive oil so the Body Butter will melt in contact with the skin. NO Coconut oil used as the smell can be overpowering.


The Vegan Body Butter is smooth and creamy when applied as a Body Moisturiser to the skin. Massage the Body Butter gently into the skin after a shower or a bath. The Vegan Body Butter has been whipped so goes on the skin smoothly and without leaving an oily residue. After using the nourishing Vegan Body Butter for a few days, it will leave your skin silky smooth and soft.


• Intensely Moisturising due to Vitamin A, D and E content

• Helps improve skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis, Sun damaged skin, Dry skin and Sore chapped skin

• Helps to prevent stretch marks

• Helps to keep tattoos moisturised.

As the Organic Shea Butter and the Organic Cocoa Butter are blended with Sunflower oil and Olive oil, the Body Butter will melt in contact with the skin. The Body Butter is thicker in consistency to a Body lotion (Body lotions contain water) so it will deeply moisturise the skin which is especially beneficial for dry or sun damaged skin. As no water is used to make the Vegan Body Butters, there is no need to add any preservatives or emulsifier. As the Vegan Body Butter contains Olive oil and Organic Cocoa Butter which are high in antioxidants, the shelf life of the Body Butter is 12 months.


The Vegan Body Butter can also be used in Beauty or Complementary Therapies e.g. Foot or Hand Massage or Indian head massage – to massage neck & shoulders. Ideal to use if a client wishes to avoid products that contain beeswax or lanolin.


The Vegan Body Butters are produced in small batches in order to retain freshness. The Vegan Body Butter contains NO Wheatgerm oil. Wheatgerm oil is not a safe product for celiacs and gluten intolerant individuals. The Vegan Body Butter contains NO Coconut oil as the smell of Coconut oil can be overpowering.

Avoid using in the first trimester of pregnancy.

For External use only.

The Aluminum jar is ethical as you can reuse or recycle the jar.

The Vegan Body Butter on Amazon.co.uk

When you purchase the Vegan Body Butter, the order will be fulfilled by Amazon.co.uk. If you are an Amazon Prime customer, the delivery is free. Amazon.co.uk is now shipping from their UK warehouses to customers with mailing addresses in 26 EU countries: Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden. It means that you can send a gift directly to a family member or friend directly from Amazon to one of these 26 countries.

Here is the link to purchase on Amazon.co.uk – Vegan Body Butter – Me-Time Therapies


100g Vegan Body butter


Vegan Gift review on Vegan Womble

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Here is a Vegan’s review of the Make Your own Body Butter & Lip Balm kit as a vegan gift and as a vegan craft. The review takes you through the DIY process of making your vegan Body Butter and Vegan Lip Balm. Vegan Womble also comments on how the vegan skincare care was easy to make and help to moisturise her tattoos.

Have a read below:

Vegan Gift/Vegan Craft review

Review : Make Your Own Body Butter and Lip Balm Kit by Me-Time Therapies

Where to purchase the kit as a Vegan gift?

You can buy Make Your own Body Butter & Lip Balm kit by clicking here MAKE YOUR OWN BODY BUTTER AND LIP BALM KIT.

You can also buy on Amazon/Amazon Prime with free delivery by clicking here  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Make-your-Body-Butter-Balm/dp/B077K9WLJG



head massage training course

How does an Indian Head Massage treatment work?

When you receive an Indian head massage treatment, I would focus on releasing the stress that has accumulated in your head, face, neck, shoulders and back.
It also works on an emotional level too – calming your mind and promoting relaxation.

What Conditions can an Indian Head Treatment help with?

  • Tension Headaches / Migraines
  • Muscle tension – neck and shoulder stiffness
  • Eye strain
  • Insomnia
  • Sinus congestion
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Tight, clenching jaws, grinding teeth
  • Relieves mental fatigue
  • Improves concentration and alertness
  • Promotes hair growth

The Indian Head Massage Treatment

You will remain clothed and seated throughout the treatment. I start working on your head and then move onto massaging your neck, back, shoulders and also upper arms. I return to return to your head to further relax your mind. I finish the treatment with a relaxing facial massage focusing on releasing tension in your jaw, clear sinus congestion and calm your mind.

No oil is used on the head or hair.

For more information, click on Indian Head Massage or if you wish to make an appointment, e:mail your details on the Contact page.

Interested in Learning Indian Head Massage?

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I teach the 2-day training course throughout the year. The next course is Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th November. It is an excellent introduction into Swedish/Remedial Massage. It allows you to find out if you enjoy doing massage on clients before committing your time and money to a year’s course. You don’t need to have any previous massage to enrol in the course. There are also low set up costs as just require a chair.

By attending the 2-day course, completing case studies and doing a practical exam, you will be qualified to perform a professional Indian Head Massage treatment.

The treatment is versatile and popular at Staff Wellbeing Days, Charity Events and at Pamper parties.

If you would like to learn more about Indian Head Massage, click on  Indian Head Massage Course Edinburgh or you can e:mail for more information by clicking on Contact the page.

I am a member of the Complementary Medical Association – http://www.the-cma.org.uk/Colleges/Me-Time-Therapies-Training-463/