A woman with long dark hair smiles as she holds a large black and white dog inside a room with glass doors in the background. She is wearing a sleeveless black top, and the dog is looking to the side. The setting appears to be cozy and well-lit.
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NICOLE PITMAN 

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so? I began mindfulness practice when I began the M.A. program in Contemplative Education at Naropa University two years ago (Summer 2008). I was motivated to participate in the program because I knew there… Read More 

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  • September 13, 2011
Black and white image of a woman energetically speaking or singing. She is wearing a geometric patterned blouse and black pants, gesturing with one hand while holding the other to her face. An audience is visible in the background.
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JANE CORBIN 

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so? Eleven or twelve years ago, while teaching music in a public high school, I began to notice anger in the faces of students, teachers, administrators and parents. I felt tired and the… Read More 

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  • August 26, 2011
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CHAZ SOUTHARD 

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so? I first began practicing mindfulness based meditation in the academic environment at Lesley University. A tenured professor in the school of counseling psychology suggested that I enroll in a mindfulness-based course to add depth to… Read More 

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  • August 19, 2011
A woman walks along a sandy path next to the ocean, carrying a smiling toddler. Another young girl walks beside them, looking down. Trees and wildflowers line the path, and the sea is visible in the background under a cloudy sky—a scene beautifully captured by Carrie Leontis.
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CARRIE LEONTIS 

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so? I started practicing several years ago after attending a workshop on social intelligence. The research presented on the effectiveness of mindfulness as a tool for well-being was so staggering that I felt like it just… Read More 

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  • August 11, 2011