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I started exploring mindfulness in 2008 when several areas of my life began to shift. Mindfulness meditation gave me an important sense of honest grounding and didn't require me to adopt a belief system of any kind. Instead, it opened up self-awareness in ways that helped me make better, healthier decisions for my life and created space for me to find contentment even in difficulty...though, I'm still working on that! Now, I can't imagine life without the practice. It's such a deep part of my being.
Along with studying a substantial library of books on mindfulness, I've attended multiple retreats including Vipassana (Goenka), Zen, and those in the Plum Village tradition, as well as other personal and secular meditation retreats. I became a certified mindfulness meditation teacher in the program overseen by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. I've gone through multiple trainings in Somatic Self-Compassion with Kristy Arbon, several G.R.A.C.E. trainings through the Upaya Center, and am currently in their Socially Engaged Buddhist Training. My personal practice has evolved to include creative and mindful art practices, and I'm in the process of being certified to teach Visual Journey Journaling which can easily be adapted in a mindfulness practice. Art making has a way of helping us to become present to whatever needs our attention. It is my joy to help others with that transformational connection.