Mindfulness Aloud isn't therapy, nor is it meditation.
Mindfulness Aloud® isn't therapy, nor is it meditation.
So, what is it? It's a body-based process of turning towards what's challenging and relating to it with kind, curious, non-judgmental attention.
Why would I want to do that? In learning how to be with our experience, rather than pushing it away, we create the optimal conditions for tension to ease, wounds to heal and patterns to shift.
Carl Jung said it best, "What we resist, persists." It's not our fault that we often push away thoughts and feelings we perceive as being in the way. We're wired to move away from what's uncomfortable and unpleasant! However, pushing away a looping thought, a stuck state or a challenging emotion often intensifies it, rather than easing it.
With that being said, there may be legitimate reasons why we intentionally turn away from our thoughts and feelings. Maybe it feels too risky. We may sense that "turning towards" and "being with" our experience could cause us to feel overwhelmed, flooded, or even retraumatized. So, we want to respect that caution and its protective care, rather than push through it. Making the pivot to turn towards and be with a challenging experience often requires support, especially if there's a history of trauma.
What can I expect in a session?
Short Answer: To feel seen, understood and empowered.
Longer Answer: Together we'll bring a kind, curious, and non-judgmental attention to a stressful experience, challenging life situation or habitual way of being that’s interfering with your quality of life.
To help facilitate the process, I'll offer suggestions rooted in my Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner training as well as my Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) training. IRF is an experiential, body-oriented process of self-awareness and emotional healing developed by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin. And, Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and stress disorders developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine.
In our sessions we'll pay particular attention to the body’s felt sense. Another way of saying “felt sense” is to say felt experience. The felt sense is what you notice happening within as you share aloud, for example, a challenging situation. By bringing a soft curiosity to an emerging felt sense and sharing it aloud, a middle ground comes into being. Instead of pushing away what’s surfacing or feeling overwhelmed by what surfacing, we can be with what’s surfacing; as a result, tension eases, wounds heal, resiliency increases and a connection to oneself deepens and expands.
We work incrementally out of respect for the nervous system and the causes and conditions that shaped it. My motto is always - nothing too much, too fast, too soon. And, the dynamic is never I lead, you follow. While I’ll be facilitating your session and supporting you throughout your session, anything I offer is always a suggestion. So, I encourage you to ask questions about the process as we go, and you can always stop the session at any time.
Some of the reasons why people have sought my support include struggles with:
overwhelm, stress, anxiety
experiencing/ allowing states of ease, joy, happiness
having to make a decision
creative blocks/ stagnation
feeling stuck and/or lost
self-criticism, judgment, doubt
lingering affects of trauma
addictive behaviors and habits
heartache, loss, grief
injuries, chronic pain
upcoming surgery/ post-surgery
falling asleep, resting, pausing
unwanted/ unexpected change
Click here to learn more about how Mindfulness Aloud differs from therapy and life coaching.
What People Are Saying
"I have done various kinds of therapy, in addition to a whole range of somatic work. Of course, each approach had its plusses. However, I really had a breakthrough when I worked with Lauren. Her soothing presence and her gift of weaving together Inner Relationship Focusing and Somatic Experiencing has had a transformative impact on me."
- Marjaneh Halati, UK
“I’m often yearning to go deeper, to get unstuck, and to find my heart, but it’s challenging to connect with my emotions on my own. However, Lauren’s ability to facilitate a deceptively simple process with such warmth and sturdiness has helped me connect with myself and go deeper. Meaningful shifts have arisen - tension has released, expansion has increased, and I am able to take my space.”
- Carol J Turner, Edd Retired Counseling Psychologist, New Jersey
"I really enjoyed working with Lauren, as she held the space in a very supportive and empathic manner. At the start of my session I was feeling a bit confused and overwhelmed and after my session ended I definitely felt a lot calmer and more open. Lauren has the capacity to be very gentle and unobtrusive, yet fully present whilst facilitating sessions. In fact something in me is in awe of her abilities."
- Adam, London
"I sought out Lauren, because I was immersed in an important life transition and I wanted to live more freely and present within it. In an unhurried, respectful and authentic way, Lauren helped me explore, acknowledge and stay with old feelings about a new situation in ways that naturally brought about healing, integration and deep respect for my earlier experience. A younger me felt seen, heard and understood by myself and by Lauren. There is something about this kind of deep listening, witnessing presence which is so transformative, especially in a 50 minute session. When I am with Lauren, I do not feel like me or my life is a project that needs fixing. I am seen and accompanied as I am and that brings about inner change that lasts."
- Kayley, Canada
"Being vulnerable and slowing myself down is not a comfortable place for me. Lauren's gentle guidance and soothing way were of great comfort as I moved through the experience of emotions bubbling up. Her way of holding space and not rushing through the process was a new experience. I'm intrigued by how deep this process is and how it promotes healing immediately. It reminds me of the feeling after a deep tissue massage. It's a deep tissue massage for my trapped and ignored emotions."
- Theresa, North Carolina
“I went through FOUR major life events so far this year, and it’s only September! Overwhelmed and exhausted, Lauren’s steady voice and intuitive process helped me get curious about, rather than judge, those parts of myself I’d rather ignore. I was immediately able to see why I’d been holding on to that which is already gone. Talk about freeing! That realization provided the deepest breath, creating space and such peace. I’m now more understanding and loving towards myself. Energized too. A win/win!”
- Jen, New Jersey
Sessions are 50-minutes long and conducted over Zoom.
First Session - $75
Future Sessions - $125
Package of 3 Sessions - $300
A sliding scale is available. I don't want the cost of sessions to hinder access to the support you seek. So, please reach out and we can discuss options.
Contact me for a free, 20-minute consultation where we can talk and see if my services meet your needs.
* Please note, being guided through a Mindfulness Aloud 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.