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Learn Mindfulness and mediation

Minding the Waves

Stress Reduction through Mindful Presence and Compassion
With University of California, San Diego Certified teacher, Laurie Hallihan

Upcoming Classes

Minding the Waves offers free and low cost options for all of our programs to keep these practices available to all.  Laurie graciously accepts monetary support to be able to continue these offerings.

Keeping these classes free gives people an opportunity to practice generosity in whatever way is menaingful to them. To Support Laurie, please click the support button.

Laurie Hallihan Mindfulness Teacher

Meet Laurie Hallihan

Mindfulness Mentor and Educator

I began practicing meditation in 1989. While it did help the sometimes debilitating suicidal depression I suffered from, I was inconsistent with my practice. It was not until 2012, when I developed Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis 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 facilitating true change in my life.  I 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 certified teacher trained at University of California, San Diego's Center for Mindfulness.  I have also completed David Treleaven's Complete Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness training.  This training enhanced my ability to help people who may be suffering with traumatic experiences in their lives.  My greatest joy is sharing these practices with people in hopes that it can change their life as it did mine.

My Life Experiences

  • Facing debilitating depression and anxiety and coming out the other side of it

  • Meeting chronic pain and illness with mindfulness and compassion.

  • Facing past trauma.

  • Being an employee myself and then transitioning to running a business myself and having employees.

  • High level work stresses of owning a business

  • Having to adjust to significant changes in my career that impact myself and my employees.

  • Extensive experience of helping people in traumatic situations.

  • Struggles with food issues.

  • Helping aging parents as an only child.

  • The experience of the death of a parent.

A Mindfulness Practice Can Help With:







Compassion towards ourselves and others

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

Reviews and Testimonials

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"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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