For years, I worked as a deadline-driven journalist as a staff writer and associate editor at Forbes magazine and for many other magazines and newspapers.
I love journalism. I’m not so fond of stress.
More than 20 years ago, I began to study and practice mindfulness meditation as a way to decompress. I got a lot more in the bargain. Mindfulness improved my focus and productivity. It enhanced my relationships. It also made me kinder and happier. (I became a lot less stressed, too.)
Now, I’m passionate about helping others – adults and kids – learn the skills I’ve learned.
I’ve studied with outstanding teachers. Diana Winston and Marvin Belzer and my training at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA taught me how to facilitate mindfulness. Susan Kaiser Greenland, founder of Inner Kids, taught me how to teach mindfulness to children and teens. Dr. Jackie Gardner Nix and the University of Toronto trained me in trauma-informed Mindfulness-based Chronic Pain Management. And Unified Mindfulness and the Pathways teacher training program taught me Shinzen Young’s methodology for teaching mindfulness to groups and individuals. (I’m a Unified Mindfulness Level Two coach). I’ve also learned from many other teachers over the years at Spirit Rock, the Insight Meditation Society, the Skillful Meditation Project, and Jeremy Hunter, a pioneer in mindfulness for executives.
I’ve worked with beautiful people at schools, corporations, and privately. I’m a Mindful Awareness Practices instructor for UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and a teacher for eMindful, a leading provider or online mindfulness programs. I also teach mindfulness in schools and within corporations. I’ve taught students, parents, and teachers at Wildwood school, Seven Arrows Elementary, Brawerman Elementary, Emerson Middle School, and Sinai Akiba Academy. I’ve also facilitated mindfulness for law firms such as Milbank and Orrick as well as the Broad Center, the California School Employees Association, the Skirball Cultural Center, the California Employment Lawyers Association, the California Human Resources Association, and Edmunds.com.
I continue to write, and my journalistic curiosity still informs me. In teaching mindfulness, I draw upon my research and reporting skills, gathering relevant information from fields as far-ranging as science, literature, philosophy, even athletics. I also draw heavily upon my practice and my experience as a writer, mother, wife, and lifelong athlete. I continue to write, freelancing for magazines, newspapers, and corporations, as well as writing my newsletter.
A few other odds and ends you might want to know: I received my master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and my bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of William and Mary. I’m a lifelong athlete who holds a training certification from the American Council on Exercise with a specialty in Orthopedic Exercise. I enjoy teaching others about mindful movement, functional fitness, and the management of chronic pain. Hanging out with my family is my favorite past time. On most days, I love to cook. Paddleboarding, playing ping pong, and, of course, meditating make me smile.