I teach mindfulness meditation as a practice to cultivate awareness, reduce stress, and increase happiness and well-being. Mindfulness is a practice that is compatible with any religious or spiritual beliefs and can deepen your own spiritual practice. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and emotional reactivity and increase awareness, attention, compassion, empathy, and feelings of peace, well-being, and happiness.
When we pause from the busyness, when we stop, it actually gives us
a chance to come home to our hearts again. — Tara Brach
INDIVIDUAL MINDFULNESS TRAINING
I offer individual mindfulness meditation training and coaching by video, phone or in person. This training is appropriate for both beginning mindfulness meditation students who are interested in learning the practice as well as experienced students who would like guidance from a teacher for deepening their practice.
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION (MBSR)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week class that teaches mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress. Participation in MBSR has been shown to decrease stress, increase peace and well-being, and decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression as well as symptoms of a number of medical conditions, including high blood pressure and heart disease, arthritis, cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, chronic pain, insomnia, and fatigue.
MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and is taught at locations worldwide, including Stanford and Duke. MBSR was created on the foundation of the ancient practice of mindfulness, which encourages being fully present in our lives with greater peace and ease. The class is a compliment to, not a substitute for, medical and psychological treatment.
Research indicates that people who participate in an MBSR course report an decreased stress, anxiety, and depression, increased capacity to relax, increased self-esteem, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, improved ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations, reduced pain levels and/or improved ability to cope with pain that may not go away. For links to articles and research abstracts related to the efficacy of MBSR, see below.
The MBSR Course Includes:
The program includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation, the body scan, gentle mindful yoga, group discussions to enhance mindful awareness in everyday life, home assignments, and downloadable digital audio files of guided meditations and mindful yoga sequences.
Typical reasons that people take an MBSR course include:
- Daily life stress
- Anxiety and panic
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure and heart conditions
- GI distress
- Chronic Illness
- Grief and loss
- Attention difficulties
- Type A Behavior
The next MBSR class is scheduled for Wednesday evenings 6-8pm September 6 – October 25, 2017 PLUS a day of mindfulness on Saturday October 21, 2017 from 9am – 3pm.
EMAIL JEN TO REGISTER FOR THE FALL 2017 MBSR CLASS
I took MBSR with Jen to gain a better understanding of the science and skills based approach to meditation for myself and for my clients, as well as to enhance my own mindfulness in my yoga practice and in everyday life. With practice I have found the rhythm and structure that works for me and have benefitted with better sleep, more patience and overall positive and appreciative thinking. Jen’s style is welcoming, generous, and a great fit for both beginners and veterans of meditation practice. —Tracy Boyer-Matthews, LPC
Jen’s knowledge and non-judgmental approach created an atmosphere of honesty and compassion among the participants. I recommend Jen’s class to anyone interested in cultivating mindfulness in a safe and supportive environment. –Amelia H.
Jen has a warm personality that makes you feel peaceful and ok. Any fears that I had initially about doing the course were calmed by the first day. Jen gives an aura of trust and compassion. She has helped me turn the lens of mindfulness on my life and has helped me down the path of personal change, and doing so has changed my life. –Tina Abraham
MBSR RESEARCH AND MINDFULNESS IN THE MEDIA
Following are links to press releases, articles, and abstracts of published studies related to the effectiveness of mindfulness.
Harvard Business Review Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain
Time Magazine Cover Story February 3, 2014 The Mindful Revolution
ABC News “Changing Your Life Through Meditation.”
Scientific American Mind (March/April 2013) Cover story: “How the science of mindfulness can improve attention and lift your mood.”
Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. Volume 191, Issue 1, Pages 36-43, 30 January 2011.
Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks news release from Massachusetts General Hospital. January 21, 2011
Conquering Fear. Wall Street Journal article about mindfulness-based psychotherapy for fear, anxiety, depression, and other psychological issues. January 2, 2011