I enjoy guiding students to recognize the ways in which they already embody mindfulness in their daily lives. These informal mindful moments, when recognized, may be tethered to a more focused daily practice that eases them into a commitment to lead a more mindful life.
My formal daily practices began in 2005, when with the aid of Jack Kornfield’s Inner Art of Meditation, I was opened to an awareness that impacted my ability to mitigate stressful situations and anxiety. Work stress was becalmed by more frequent practices, and more curiosity led to further interest in more intensive versions of mindfulness.
Later, through podcasts such as Krista Tippet’s On Being and Dan Harris’ 10% Happier, I was introduced to other mindfulness practitioners such as Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Tara Brach, as well as the scientific side of mindfulness by Kelly McGonigal, Daniel Goleman, Richard Davidson, and ultimately, Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Eventually I took the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class, and with this structured learning and practice, mindfulness began to really make an impact on my life: mitigating distorted thinking, quieting my harsh inner critic, and the loving-kindness practices changed the way I faced the world.
Called to help make mindfulness more available to the world, I’ve completed a 9-month intensive mindfulness teaching program, and followed it up by enrolling in a MBSR-specific teacher training program. I’m now a Qualified MBSR Teacher-in-Training – meaning I’m ready to teach my own classes. And Ellen Falconer, with whom I’m co-teaching this online MBSR class, was in both teacher training courses with me!