Jen Johnson is a mindfulness teacher, counselor, writer and photographer. Her areas of specialty include stress reduction, health and wellness coaching, self-care, and coping with major life changes, including loss, health challenges and chronic illness. Jen teaches mindfulness, writing and photography for healing the body, heart and mind and awakening a greater sense of peace, happiness and wellbeing. It really is possible to feel well regardless of your life’s circumstances.
Jen teaches people how to expand peace and happiness and decrease the struggle.Whatever we rest our attention on grows. Jen offers an integrative approach to reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety and pain and increasing feelings of peace, happiness and wellbeing. In addition to teaching formal mindfulness practices, she teaches people how to apply mindfulness principles to their everyday lives to become less distressed by difficult sensations, feelings and thoughts.
Jen has been a featured expert on radio and in print and online publications, including MindBodyGreen.com, PainPathways Magazine, Psychology Today blog, CeliacCorner blog, JenningsWire: The World of Success, WHQR’s Coastline and Midday Interview, and WILMA magazine, among others. She is the director of the Invisible Wounds of War project.
Practicing mindfulness reduces stress and increases feelings of peace, happiness and well-being. Practicing mindfulness is also one of the most effective things that we can do to increase willpower and support us in reaching our goals.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is awareness of present moment without clinging, without turning away and trying to escape what feels uncomfortable, and without wanting it to be other than it is.
Practicing mindfulness allows us to be present with whatever arises in our lives, both the joys and the difficult moments, without being so reactive. Living mindfully allows us to stay in the moment without getting overwhelmed by worry about the future or regret about the past.
When we bring awareness to whatever is happening right now, we have the freedom to choose how to respond rather than falling into habitual patterns of reactivity.
Our health—and indeed our entire lives—can be seen as the sum of all our
moment-to-moment decisions. –Kelly A. Turner
Practicing mindfulness also supports us in opening the heart in order to experience life more fully. We learn to let go of self-criticism, self-doubt and anxiety and develop a relationship with ourselves based on lovingkindness and self-compassion, which supports our growth and expansion and increases peace, happiness and well-being.
When we pause from the busyness, when we stop, it actually gives us a chance to come home to our hearts again. — Tara Brach
As we develop loving-kindness and compassion, we begin to understand that we are all interconnected and that our well-being depends upon the well-being of the natural world, and the natural world”s well-being depends upon our well-being. As we grow in your understanding of this interrelated ecology of all living things, we grow more committed to nurturing wellness in ourself, others, and the natural world.
Do You pay regular visits to yourself? –Rumi