Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
Although mindfulness has its origins in Buddhist meditation, it has become a secular practice thanks to medical and scientific research. Since the 1980’s, movement and meditation disciplines similar to Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) have shown to reduce or eradicate pain, stress levels and insomnia, improve relationships, and ease symptoms of depression and anxiety.
In order to fully heal, wellness starts with a healthy mindset. Studies show that chronic stress can cause or contribute to a variety of conditions including mood disorders, illness, chronic pain and insomnia. On a good note, you can reverse this trend! All it takes is knowledge, self-awareness and the willingness to change.
Since people have various learning styles, my programs are interactive. Participants use all five senses so they can learn, share and experience mindfulness in ways that are meaningful to them. We might move, focus on breathing, or center. We might color, taste, smell or share our thoughts in social exercises. Any program, regardless of the audience, can be creative, honest, and fun.
Presentations range from 30 to 90 minutes. I tailor the subject matter to each organization’s needs. Past presentations have included:
- The physiology of stress
- Mindfulness, spirituality and religion
- Stress reduction techniques
- Trauma-sensitive techniques
- Mindful movement for chronic pain and mobility issues
- Mindfulness for highly sensitive people
Mindfulness workshops range from six to eight weeks. I recommend each class session last two hours to keep the pace from feeling rushed.
- Breakthrough Schools, Cleveland
- Cuyahoga Community College
- Christ Episcopal Church, Shaker Heights
- Heights Christian Church, Shaker Heights
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron
- Athletic Teams
People I Help
As your coach, I guide you to find more happiness with simple wellness tools. Whether you want stress reduction techniques or methods to cope with a medical condition, I personalize your sessions to your particular needs.
Contact me for further details.