I essentially train people to access the present moment through mindfulness, which is the gateway to equanimity, clarity and calmness.
This is particularly effective during a group meditation. With gentle persistent practice, they are able to separate their thoughts and emotions from themselves rather than being swept away by negative self-talk—they have accessed self-awareness and emotional intelligence. This training has been scientifically proven to greatly reduce addictive thinking, stress, strain and burnout. It has also been demonstrated to be wonderfully effective in the treatment of addiction, anxiety and depression.
Christopher Francis Dines is an English mindfulness teacher, trainer, writer and former house DJ/producer.
DJ, producer and promoter (1994-2006)
Having a deep love for music, Christopher left high school at fifteen to pursue a full-time career as an electronic house DJ. At fifteen, Christopher promoted two British national top-eleven UK garage bands, The Genius Cru and DJ Deekline in North West London, for two years. Having DJed at prestigious venues such as City Loud at Turnmills, Ministry of Sound, Defected In The House at Pacha, London Fashion Week, The Loft (Trouble Anderson’s Loft) and Garage City, Christopher’s DJing career took him to Asia, where he travelled extensively. This subsequently led him to remix and produce underground electronic dance music.
Throughout this thrilling experience, unfortunately, Christopher’s drug-taking and party lifestyle spiralled out of control, which led to full-blown alcohol and cocaine addiction. After a dark rock bottom, Christopher cleaned up aged twenty-one (summer 2004) and began to do some soul-searching. This led to a deep exploration of the human mind and roads to emotional wellbeing and self-realisation. This has been accomplished through intense self-education and with the invaluable help and guidance of enlightened mentors.
In 2005, Christopher co-founded an underground deep house record label, SuCasa Beats. He was the head of A&R from 2005 to 2006. As the driving force behind the label, Dines signed Afro Medusa, Andy Daniel (Defected Records), Marlon D (Defected Records), Steal Vybe, and Pablo Martinez (King Street) and promoted the label at the legendary Plan B club in Brixton, London.
While remixing the national-chart hit band Afro Medusa, and artists such as Marlon D, Samba La Casa, Steal Vybe and Onxy (Soul2Soul), mindfulness was gradually becoming a subtle practice.
Teacher, trainer and writer (2006 to present)
Christopher ‘retired’ from the electronic dance music industry in June 2006 to give public talks on inspirational ideas and self-awareness, and to hold personal development and mindfulness workshops and courses. He trains employers, employees and self-referrals to amplify emotional intelligence, emotional resilience and mindfulness in the workplace.
He has led mindfulness meditation workshops for Public Health England (PHE Cambridge), The Recovery Evolution Festival (Suffolk, UK), The Recovery Hub Drug and Alcohol Rehab (Ipswich, UK), East Coast Recovery Drug and Alcohol Rehab (Suffolk, UK), EMI Wealth London (Canary Wharf), wealth management and sales offices, and runs private Mindfulness Burnout Prevention (MBP) courses for professionals at Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden and Chelsea, London. Dines has led a dialogue/Q&A with medical students from the University of East Anglia (UEA) with regard to alcohol addiction, process addiction and recovery. Christopher facilitates annual mindfulness meditation retreats at Cley-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk, England.
Christopher is the author of Mindfulness Meditation: Bringing Mindfulness into Everyday Life, Manifest Your Bliss: A Spiritual Guide to Inner Peace, A Ticket to Prosperity: Spiritual Lessons for an Abundant Life (Revised Edition), The Mystery of Belief: How to Manifest Your Dreams, and Mindfulness Burnout Prevention: An 8-Week Course for Professionals.
Dines has co-authored The Kindness Habit: Transforming our Relationship to Addictive Behaviours, with medical doctor and wellness pioneer, Dr Barbara Mariposa. Three times #1 New York Times bestseller, the late John Bradshaw, has written the foreword. The Kindness Habit is out now — published by Riverbank Books UK. Christopher blogs for The Huffington Post UK.
Hobbies & Downtime
Christopher enjoys tennis and is a big fan of football. He has supported Arsenal Football Club (the English Premier League side) since 1991 and used to attend most home games at the old Highbury stadium in the early/mid 2000s. With respect to downtime, Dines enjoys long mindful walks in Norfolk, England, with his partner, Mary. He is a very keen gardener and occasionally paints for fun (non dominant inner child art).