I’m happy you’re here. I’m an attorney who fell in love with mindfulness several years ago after experiencing its tremendous benefits in my life. I started meditating to deal with stress and life challenges and it soon became another passion and calling near and dear to my heart and an important part of my spiritual life. I became a certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at the Semel Neuroscience Institute and I now teach and facilitate mindfulness for people of all experiences and backgrounds. I provide one-on-one teaching and coaching, community classes, and worksite wellness trainings. My approach blends mindfulness, neuroscience, and psychology to promote well-being, ease, and greater intimacy with life.
What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is a level of awareness and receptivity to experience. It is paying attention to your present moment experience with a kind curiosity and a willingness to be with whatever shows up. What exactly does this mean? Often times we run from one thing to the next with our minds so caught up in the past or future we aren’t even aware of what’s going on right in front of us. Most of the time we do this without even realizing that we aren’t paying attention. Have you ever driven some where and realized that you couldn’t remember a thing about how you got there? This spaced out way of operating is almost like getting caught in a state of mind-LESS-ness. If you were driving mindfully, you might remember how you were feeling on the drive, what streets you took, things you saw, and even whole other experiences that happened while you were driving. Mindfulness allows us to be more aware of what we are actually experiencing in our lives from moment to moment. It’s a natural capacity we all have that we can strengthen through formal and informal practices.
You might ask so what? Why does this matter? Well, when we are running around disconnected from what is actually going on we are more stressed out, less functional, less productive, less in- touch and we are giving up our power. We allow our lives to be run by habit, reactivity, and conditioning, or we simply miss out on life all together because we are stuck in our heads planning, worrying, or ruminating on the past rather than being present to what is. Mindfulness invites us to come back to the present moment and to be here now. In doing so, it gives us more power over our lives and invites us to live with more intention, groundedness, and ease. It’s a powerful tool for living life more fully and showing up in our careers, families, and communities in ways that not only make us more productive and less stressed but in ways that more readily reflect who we are and what matters.
” To meditate is to come home to yourself. When you are home in yourself then you know how to take care of the things happening inside you, and you can better take care of the things happening around you. When you come home to yourself, you realize peace is available in every step.”
-Thick Nhat Hanh
The Power of Mindfulness
Research shows that mindfulness leads to greater emotional regulation, resilience, increased concentration, more productivity, and increased stability in the face of organizational and life stress. Mindfulness also helps increase human skills such as compassion, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and conflict resolution. It even helps support the body’s biological recovery from stress which is critical to our well-being!
What does this all mean? That while mindfulness isn’t a cure-all and won’t keep you from having challenging experiences, it can provide you with some powerful tools to help you navigate these experiences more skillfully and from a more grounded and empowered state. Mindfulness teaches us to surf life’s difficulties with more grace, resilience, trust in ourselves, and trust in life. It helps us have a healthier relationship to life’s challenges as well as to ourselves. Through consistent mindfulness practices we can remain more grounded and responsive in the face of stress, triggers, and conflict, and more connected to our own needs and truths.
Additionally, science is finally demonstrating what ancient contemplative traditions have been teaching us for thousands of years: Mindfulness Works! In just 6 weeks of consistent practice, we can reduce our anxiety, boost our immune systems, increase our emotional regulation, experience less stress and anxiety, and be more compassionate to each other. Other studies have linked mindfulness practices to more focused attention, better productivity at work, and a stronger stress recovery response in the body. These profoundly simple tools can help us in so many aspects of our lives and it’s one of my passions to help you access them in a way that makes sense for you.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our chance at growth and our freedom.”