So many of us are caught up racing from one thing to the next, carrying around ever growing to-do lists, dealing with stress, disconnected from our bodies, and all the while wondering how we can do more. It’s no wonder we feel crazy. It’s also no wonder we are expert “do-ers”. Funny enough, what we have more trouble with is learning to just “be” and, while it may seem paradoxical, it’s precisely learning to just “be” with life that helps us to “do” more skillfully. Connecting with this “being-ness” allows us to “do” in a way that is more empowered and connected to ourselves. Mindfulness helps us learn this “being” part and it’s one of my passions to help you access this powerful tool. Below are some of the ways I can help you do it.
Ways to Work With Me:
- One-on-One Individual Coaching and Mindfulness Training (available online, over the phone, or in person)
- On-site group classes and trainings on such topics as:
- Mindfulness as a tool for resilience
- Navigating stress and difficult emotions
- Using neuroscience and mindfulness to rewire our brains
- Mindful communication
- Mindfulness as a Tool for Growth
- Mindfulness and Spirituality
- Improving focus, concentration, and clarity
- Worksite Wellness
- General Consulting
- And more!
Community classes and worksite wellness classes are available as a one-time training, a 6 or 8 session weekly program, or ongoing weekly or monthly session trainings around some of the topics mentioned above. Research on these trainings has consistently linked 6-8 week programs with more ease in the work place, stress reduction, increased emotional resilience, increased self-connection, and even improved immune function! Feel free to contact me to discuss what options might be best for you.
I blend psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness with insights gained through my own wide variety of both work and life experiences to help you access the benefits of these practices in a way that works for you. My work experiences have ranged from working with victims of sex trafficking, drug and gang intervention work, community coalition building, family law, organizing around worker’s rights issues, and immigration law practice. Through these experiences, I’ve learned a lot about working in busy, high pressure jobs with high stakes as well as the professional and personal concerns such work can entail and how to navigate these more smoothly.
I’ve been studying and practicing secular Mindfulness as well as Vipassana (Buddhist Insight Meditation) since 2012, attending trainings and silent meditation retreats as long as 30 days to maintain and deepen my knowledge and practice. I also have a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a Mindfulness Certification from the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at the Semel Neuroscience Institute. I draw on all of this to provide practical guidance on how to utilize mindfulness tools to meet personal, professional, and spiritual needs and live a life with more wellbeing. If you have specific interests for yourself or your organization or would like to discuss further please feel free to contact me. Past clients have included the UCLA Labor Center, UCLA Undergraduates, CARECEN Legal Services, Mujeres de Maiz, and other community groups and individuals.
“Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men. … One person with indigenous inner strength exercises a great calming effect on panic among people around him. This is what our society needs — not new ideas and inventions; important as these are, and not geniuses and supermen, but persons who can “be”, that is, persons who have a center of strength within themselves.”