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Minding the Waves

Stress Reduction through Mindful Presence

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Meet Laurie Hallihan

Mindfulness Mentor and Educator

I began practicing meditation over 30 years ago. While it did help the sometimes crippling depression I suffered from, I found I was inconsistent with my practice. It was not until 8 years ago, when I developed Fibromyalgia and hip dysplasia in both of my hips that caused me severe limitations in daily activities, like walking, that I knew I had to make a change. I found a therapist who specialized in mindfulness therapy and she recommended me looking into University of California, San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness.

 

The first class I took was Mindful Self-Compassion and it changed my life. Every part of my body and mind told me that this was the way of experiencing true change in my life.  I took several more classes at UCSD and quickly realized that I wanted to share the insights I found through my mindfulness practice. Mindfulness changed and continues to change my life in profound and unexpected ways.  I am now a qualified teacher trained at University of California, San Diego's Center for Mindfulness.  My greatest joy is sharing these practices with people in hopes that it can change their life as it did mine.

 

A Mindfulness Practice Can Help With:

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Anxiety

Anxiety is the reaction to situations perceived as stressful or dangerous. 

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Trauma

Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual's ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences. 

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Pain

Pain is generally recognized to be associated with three major components: physical sensations, emotional response to the sensations, and social effects of the experience.

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Stress

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.

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Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.

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Mindset

Increased focus, more cognitive flexibility, and improved working memory.

Testimonials

"This class has expanded my awareness of Mindful Meditation practices. Helpful homework practices were recommended throughout the course of the class. I value the teaching guidance in this class. I also learned much during the interactive portions within the class.I recommend this class to new prospective participants.."

- Nada G.

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