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minding the waves - mindfulness - laurie

Minding the Waves

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

Upcoming Events and Classes

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  • Mindfulness/Meditation Practice Group
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Apr 05
    Come experience mindfulness practices with my Mindfulness Meditation Community Group on Zoom. Laurie will provide a safe space for meditation and and meaningful sharing & connection. There is no formal fee for this group. It is a gratitude based class. All experience levels are welcome.
  •  Mind & Body Master Class – Finding Peace During Life’s Waves
    Sat, Apr 08
    El Cajon
    This mindfulness workshop is a great starting point for beginning a regular mindfulness practice or to inspire your current practice. Laurie will provide an experiential, safe environment to practice these powerful tools that can help with reducing stress, depression, anxiety and many other chronic


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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.

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 the teacher, please click the support button.


Meet Laurie Hallihan

Mindfulness Mentor and Educator

I began practicing meditation in 1989. While it did help the sometimes crippling suicidal depression I suffered from, I was inconsistent with my practice. It was not until 2012, 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 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.  My greatest joy is sharing these practices with people in hopes that it can change their life as it did mine.

Meet Laurie

A Mindfulness Practice Can Help With:

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

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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.

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

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