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Ken Lunn

Ken Lunn

Like many, I first started to meditate (over 20 years ago) to deal with great personal difficulties, and it soon became a daily habit that helped me cope with a complicated home situation and continue to work. When I approached retirement, I wanted to learn how to teach meditation to help others realise the benefits I knew were there, and that was just as mindfulness was becoming popular.

My career has been in IT research and development, and for my last ten years I was a senior manager in central NHS informatics, with plenty of responsibility and stress, so I know how important a regular practice is in a working context as well as in private life. Wanting to train properly, I joined the Bangor masters programme, and for the last two years I have been teaching mindfulness classes around Leeds. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and the research I have done on the masters programme. 

I want to contribute as best I can to the development of the field. My business and IT experience are things I feel I can contribute, as well as continuing to develop as a teacher. So, when the opportunity to help the CIC develop came along, it was not difficult to make up my mind and say yes.


Qualifications

  • MA in Mindfulness-Based Approaches, Bangor University (Pending final examination, to be awarded in 2017)

  • Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Keele, 1983

  • B.Sc. Pure Mathematics, University of Sheffield, 1976



Personal Practice

I started practising with Transcendental Meditation in 1996, and I found that it quickly helped me deal with the immense stress I was living with. I soon started to explore other practices, and gradually moved to adopt Buddhist practices. Since training as a teacher, I have stayed mainly with mindfulness practices. My daily practice is mindfulness of breath. Probably the biggest surprise to me in adopting mindfulness-based practices is the emphasis on bodily awareness, and yoga has become a core part of my regular practice. I increasingly include compassion-based practices in my personal practice, and I have found them very helpful in some teaching situations. I am continuing to deepen my practice through CPD and retreats. 



Research Activities and Interests

Information will be important in the ongoing research and development of mindfulness-based approaches. For my masters project I have produced a draft information plan for the MBA community, and I would like to take that forward, initially consulting on it with MBA teachers and researchers, and then finding ways of realising that plan, which will require further research and development. 



Publications

Lunn, K., Crane, R.S. (2016), Informing Mindfulness: Investigating how national information can support the implementation and further research and development of mindfulness-based approaches to improve health and wellbeing of citizens. Research presentation and poster at the Mindfulness Conference, Supporting all aspects of Family Life, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University, 8th - 11th July 2016.

For other publications see www.kenlunn.com/writing.



Further Information

Ken's website - www.kenlunn.com