What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of training our attention to be in the present moment. It is about being fully aware (without judgment) to what is here in both our internal and external world on a moment to moment basis.
How do you practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness can be practiced informally and formally (meditation). When we bring our attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, we are building our ability to be present or mindful. For example, bringing our full attention to a simple activity such as brushing our teeth, can help train our ability to be present. Meditation is a formal practice of mindfulness when we intentionally practice training our attention over and over again, most typically focusing on the breath. The breath is a powerful resource that can help us stay in the present moment. We can only breathe in the present!
Can anyone learn to meditate?
Yes, anyone can learn to meditate. If you are breathing, you can meditate! There is no “right or wrong” way to meditate. When we practice meditation, we leave judgment aside and continually redirect our attention to the present moment.
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
There are numerous benefits to practicing mindfulness. Studies have shown mindfulness to be effective in:
- Reducing stress and anxiety/depression
- Increased concentration
- Increased energy levels
- Decreased pain (chronic or acute)
- Improved self esteem
- Greater sense of overall well being
- Improved job performance
How can I find the time to meditate when I feel like I am barely coming up for air on a daily basis?
If you feel like you are barely coming up for air, it is even more essential for you to implement a practice to help you “slow down.” Informal mindfulness practice doesn’t add any extra time to your day. It is about paying attention to what you are doing while you are doing it. The practice helps build awareness and internal space which is essential to our well-being. Meditation does involve carving out time during your day but it can be as little as 5 minutes to start. Any amount of practice is beneficial. Try one of the apps suggested in the “Inspiration” section to get motivated.
Do you work with kids?
Amanda enjoys teaching mindfulness to children and is available to teach school workshops or private events. She is not formally trained to work with children on an individual basis. She does, however, work with parents individually or in groups and believes that transformation in the parent is the most powerful way to embody and teach mindfulness to children.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
Amanda offers personal coaching that is infused with mindfulness teaching and practice. Her approach is multi-faceted to care for the spiritual, psychological, physical and emotional needs of the client. She helps clients cultivate an inner awareness and become their own healer. Amanda is not a therapist and does not bill through insurance. Many clients that are under the care of a therapist also seek private coaching. Also, many therapists see a personal coach.
How do I know if coaching is right for me?
Group classes are an extremely powerful way to learn and grow. Through connection, accountability, and sharing within a group, many people are able to discover, heal and transform their lives. Coaching would be recommended if a person feels that they need more personal attention. Coaching can be for one session or a series of sessions. In general, Amanda’s coaching style is to give you the tools to become your own healer. Her goal is to never have a life-long client. There is a complimentary 15-minute coaching session to ensure a good fit.
What is your cancellation policy for private coaching sessions?
Amanda requires a 24-hour cancellation notice or the client will be responsible for the session fee.