When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?

I am a new convert, enthusiast and practitioner of mindfulness. I took my first eight-week workshop starting at the end of this past March.

I recently decided (after 20 years) that anti-depressant medications were not helping me, and I was motivated to find tools to help me combat, deal with and stave off the crippling bouts of depression I have experienced for more than 40 years.

Did you take a class? If so, what sort of a class did you take?

I took a “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy” workshop presented by InSightLA and taught by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., and Roger Nolan, M.A.

How has mindfulness made a difference in your life?

I am at the beginning of what I hope to be a long and fulfilling practice of mindfulness.  I have seen in the few short months of using several different meditations to determine which ones are most effective for me: a lessening of the anxiety that can paralyze my life; the realization that there really is a space between action and reaction that can give me…