“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Over twenty years ago, I was introduced to a mindfulness-based meditation practice while studying as an undergraduate in psychology. I remember feeling compelled to try meditation because I thought it might help decrease my stress levels while managing the rigors of academic life.
This initial foray into mindfulness came at an important time for me, as I was trying to build a meaningful adult life while also struggling to resolve trauma from my past. Like many, my childhood was filled with challenging experiences that shaped my perceptions of myself, the world at-large, and how I managed emotional stress. Not to be entirely unexpected, I emerged into adulthood with perceptions and habits that did not necessarily serve my well-being.
After several years of experiencing the enormous benefits of having a meditation practice, I was intrigued to know more about its origins. The meditation style I utilized had its origins in contemplative practices and I further learned that it was one of several formal practices taught for the cultivation of mindfulness.
Today, I educate about mindfulness through my writing, individual coaching, public speaking and teaching. Having had the path of my own life profoundly shaped by mindfulness, I am committed to sharing the practices with others who desire to be more fully present to the life unfolding through them.
Of one thing I am certain, we cannot genuinely experience the joy of life without also accepting its moments of sorrow; because they are two faces of the same coin. Fundamentally, we are all naturally creative, resourceful and house the answers to our innermost needs and desires. Mindfulness practices can bring us home to this truth, time and time again.
It is my intention to inspire you to walk through life with a sense of reverence—fully honoring your moment-to-moment experience, to bravely lean into life’s challenges—relinquishing attachments to what “should be” for the sake of what is, and ultimately, to live more joyfully—with compassion and kindness for yourself and others.
Amy Zoe Schonhoff