WHAT WE DO: We provide a variety of mindfulness meditation experiences (classes, workshops, retreats, mentoring, one-to-one teaching, and therapy), including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 8-week classes.
"As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than there is wrong with you, no matter how ill or hopeless you may feel." - Jon Kabat-Zinn
Our mission is to help you open up to all that you are and all that you can be through mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is "paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgement" - Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that stems from Buddhism and is often referred to as Insight Meditation or Vipassina Meditation. Mindfulness meditation is not just practiced on the cushion, through sitting meditation, but it is incorporated in all that we do in our daily lives, moment by moment. In mindfulness we learn to clear our minds, open our hearts, and live life fully through our bodies. Through this process we open up to a greater sense of wholeness and wellbeing within ourselves and a vast connectedness with others and the world. As we build the muscles of mindfulness meditation, we live more fully in the present moment and experience life from a greater stillness, which aids us in relating to both ourselves and others with increased clarity, compassion, calmness and creativity, and less fear, anxiety, and stress. Thirty years of research has indicated that mindfulness meditation is associated with significant decreases in stress, pain, physical and emotional distress (including depression, anxiety, grief and loss), and improvements in sleep, energy, health outcomes, and quality of life.
Nancy is a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and psychotherapist with 30 years experience in health and wellness and a specialty in mood and anxiety disorders. She was trained in Cognitive Therapy through the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy, in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) through the EMDR Institute, and have incorporated various theoretical frameworks in my work. Nancy has worked with people with a variety of mental and physical conditions and of all ages. She has had a regular personal meditation practice for over 12 years and extensive training in Mindfulness Meditation, including MBSR, MBCT, Mindful Eating Conscious Living (MECL), and mindfulness in chronic illness, in death and dying, in managing anger, and more. Nancy is a graduate of a two-year program through the Meditation Teachers Training Institute (MTTI) with teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne, and Pat Coffey. She has been incorporating mindfulness in my work for over eight years.
Stan is a full teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW). He is a graduate of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, a two-year certification program with senior Insight teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne, and Pat Coffey. Stan also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based courses. He is a mentor for several online courses taught by Tara Brach, and is a meditation leader for Telesangha. He also works with individuals in instruction on using meditation and mindfulness to bring a greater sense of peace and freedom in daily life. Stan is a former high school physics teacher (32 years) who has been meditating for 30 years and has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2004. Stan earned a Masters of Social Work in 1998. You can check out this weekly class and his teachings by following this link: https://www.meetup.com/Columbia-Insight-Medi ... ( https://www.meetup.com/Columbia-Insight-Meditation-Group/ )