Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
by Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield
I define mindfulness as bringing a kind, curious and nonjudgmental attention to our moment-to-moment experiences.
My teachings and guided meditations are infused with my background and training in Somatic Experiencing, which is a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and stress disorders. For those of us with traumatized nervous systems, it's hard enough to be in the present moment let alone "turn towards" and "be with" a challenging/painful experience. To pivot in such a direction can feel threatening and lead to overwhelm and retraumatization if there is not adequate support. So, I bring a trauma-sensitivity to meditation sessions because trauma is unfortunately so pervasive in our society. And yet, learning how to be with our experience, rather than flee from it, creates the optimal conditions for resilience, health and healing to flourish.
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There are a variety of ways to practice meditation. Focusing on your breath is just one example, and yet I know people who've turned away from meditation because they loathed that technique. I bring a playful sense of curiosity and kindness to these practices, and I work with clients to adapt these practices to help support their needs. After all, this is an embodied, experiential and experimental practice. It's one that requires patience, courage and... a sense of humor. In short, I think Anne Lamott's witty and insightful words say it all, "My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I try not to go there alone."
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*Please note, being guided through a mindfulness meditation session by MetaMinds is not psychotherapy or a substitute for psychotherapy. MetaMinds is not diagnosing, prescribing for or treating any physical or mental ailments or conditions.