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Mindfulness meditation is a path to cultivating peace, focus, greater enjoyment of life, and overall well-being by paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. It’s not about eliminating stress or pain but rather about responding to any stimulus in a more balanced, compassionate, and open manner.  Practicing mindfulness allows us the freedom to get out of auto-pilot and respond more skillfully to whatever comes our way.

Mindfulness meditation is a path to cultivating peace, well-being, and compassion.

From a personal perspective, I can tell you that mindfulness helps me to relax and find more peace with whatever is happening in my life. It helps me realize when my inner critic is taking over. It allows me to see that much of my life is focused on shoulds, that I have certain ideas that are fixed in my head:  I should feel happy, I should be more successful, I should be able to let go of my racing thoughts.  Mindfulness practice allows me to see that my thoughts are just thoughts and my emotions are just emotions: they are not necessarily true.  The freedom this realization brings is such a gift to me and I would love to share it with you.

Mindfulness Helps Keep Us Healthy

 

seminal study found that, after just eight weeks of training, mindfulness meditation boosts the immune system’s ability to fight illness.

Mindfulness Actually Changes Our Brains

Mindfulness practices increase the density of the grey matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotional regulation, and empathy.

Mindfulness Is Good For Our Overall Well Being

Research demonstrates that mindfulness increases positive emotions while reducing stress and negative emotions.

Mindfulness Improves Memory and Focus

Studies demonstrate the ability of mindfulness to improve attention skills and memory.

Mindfulness Helps Combat Depression and Anxiety

Studies show that mindfulness can be as helpful as antidepressant drugs in treating depression and anxiety.

Mindfulness Helps Parents-to-Be

Studies suggest mindfulness may help reduce pregnancy-related stress and anxiety in expectant parents.

Upcoming Classes

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Spring/Summer 2017 Training

May 23 – Jun 27

Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm

Calgary (Parkhill/Stanley Park) map

$180 for six week class $60 for students

This 6 week course will introduce and build on various mindfulness and meditation techniques. We will explore a variety of meditation postures including sitting, walking, and lying down.  The meditations are guided by the instructor and no experience is necessary. We will also discuss how to apply mindfulness and mindfulness practices to daily life.  Participants will be provided with instruction and support for building and sustaining their own meditation practice.

This course will provide tools to help participants cultivate focus and clarity, manage stress, relax the mind and body, and find more balance in their lives.

Sorry! This class has filled up.

I’ll be offering another one in fall 2017.

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Mindfulness Meditation II – Beginning Again

Spring 2017 Training

March 21-April 25

Tuesdays, 7-8:15pm

Calgary (Parkhill/Stanley Park) map

$150 for six-week class $60 for students

This course is for those who have taken Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation and would like to continue the journey with a group.  Mindfulness II is an opportunity to practice together, to discuss mindfulness and some of the challenges that arise as we practice, and to explore new teachings.  It is not intended as the next level but rather a chance to continue and to begin again (and again and again).  Sessions will include guided meditations, in-depth discussion, personal exploration, and teachings from a variety of traditions.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation or permission from the instructor

Half-Day Retreat

Private Coaching

I am available for private mindfulness coaching and one-on-one meditation sessions. Private sessions may be helpful if you are seeking a more personal, mentoring approach, you don’t feel comfortable in a group, and/or the class times do not fit with your schedule.

Each session is tailored to meet your specific needs and address your personal habits, experience, and concerns. Sessions may include anything from a basic introduction to meditation to a more nuanced exploration of particular emotions (as relevant to the individual).

Some possible topics of discussion include: introduction to meditation, mindfulness with children, mindful pregnancy, mindfulness in school, managing stress, and dealing with depression.

The goal of private coaching is to support you and your journey and offer you tools to empower you to support yourself. Coaching can be offered as a single meeting or as an ongoing relationship. Contact me for more details, including sliding-scale pricing.

Please contact me at nicole@followyourbreath.com if you are interested in workshops, corporate training, and private sessions.

About Me

Nicole Libin, Ph.D. brings both great passion and expertise to her teaching. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2006 and teaching since 2011. Her doctorate in Religious Studies allows her to offer a unique perspective on mindfulness meditation, incorporating a variety of traditions and approaches to her teaching. She has trained with the Mindful Schools program, The Meditation Initiative, and has completed the UMass Center for Mindfulness Professional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training in Mind-Body Medicine with Jon Kabat-Zinn. She is a member of the Dedicated Practitioners Dharma Program through the Calgary Insight Meditation Society.

Nicole has experience working with adults, adolescents and children, prenatal groups, and professionals.

Nicole encourages students to find what works for them, recognizing that one path does not fit everyone. She focuses on inspiring students to trust their own wisdom and find stillness in their bodies, hearts, and minds.

Testimonials

I often get frustrated with either my short attention span or how I easily get distracted but I can now remember to use mindfulness to help coach myself to come back to the present moment and continue on without being so hard on myself. – Brianna H.

Mindfulness has helped me learn about myself: examining how my mind works, helps change ideas/judgments, and helps me be more open to questioning the world and not receiving an answer.  It also made me ok with the different states of my mind – sometimes I noticed my mind was heavy/tired, sometimes anxious, flighty and jumping all over the place – what a wonderful realization that this awareness can bring. – Aimee E.

To conclude, I would like to thank you, Nicole, for introducing us to the art of meditation.  Meditation and mindfulness has truly taught me to accept everything – religion, myself, other people – willingly. – Jay C.

In the middle of the semester I decided to apply meditation to my everyday life hoping that it would make me feel lighter and less stressed out.  I found that it helped m with my anxiety for tests and essays and made me feel easier about my workload.  I also found that if I froze up during an exam, all I needed was a few deep breaths and moment of relaxation to get me back on track. – Mona L.

I see [meditation] as a chance to unwind and not worry about thinking about anything.  In everyday life, I find myself worrying far too much about everything.  My head spins, just thinking about everything: I worry about every assignment in every class, working out when I get home, and dreading traffic, all at once.  By sitting in a chair with a dignified posture and a positive attitude, I can let all those stressors go.  I have even gone as far as to start meditating before I go to sleep every night. – Megan B.

Through meditation, I have learned to engage in new thinking.  This is because I have learned to disengage myself from negative thinking.  I wouldn’t say that I don’t have negative thoughts anymore, but I have learned to control them and set them aside from my consciousness.  The meditation we do allows me to bring my attention back to the present moment.  I appreciate it because it allows me to just focus on what is happening, instead of what I have to get done.  In a way, it slows down time to allow me to focus on what is important. – Hajar N.

I was not the most approachable person, but I have since learned to manage my stress instead of letting it build up.  As a result, I have become more relaxed and less concerned with the little troubles that I run in to.  This week specifically, my mom accidentally dropped her coffee on to me, and when I shrugged it off instead of losing my mind, she had the most confused look on her face. I really enjoy that the mindfulness can now come to me as instinct and I can better react to situations. – Sam O.

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Contact

I am always happy to answer any questions and/or share ideas and thoughts on mindfulness and mindfulness meditation.

Email me at nicole@followyourbreath.com and I will respond as soon as I can.

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Thank you.

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

– Henry David Thoreau

Mindfulness Meditation in Calgary