“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”  —Jon Kabat-Zinn

Thank you for visiting A Beloved Life: Mindfulness in the Heartland.

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 stress. Not to be entirely unexpected, I emerged into adulthood with perceptions and habits that did not necessarily serve my well-being.

Today, I educate about mindfulness through my writing, 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. Mindfulness practices bring us home to this truth, time and time again.

It is my intention to inspire you to live as if every moment matters—to encourage you 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.

With loving-kindness,

Amy Zoe Schonhoff