"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are."
Mindfulness & Resiliency
How do we manage our lives in such a way that we know who we are and what we want in each moment? Can we feel the ground supporting us? How do we respond to all of life's joy and challenges while staying true to our own heart?
It's about connecting with ourselves first and slowing down long enough to feel the space in between things. It's about listening and finding time for silence. It's about deep relaxation and meaningful connections. It's about gratitude.
There are thousands of published studies indicating the mental and physical benefits of mindfulness practices and meditation. Research shows that meditation can reduce blood pressure, heart rate, stress levels, respiration rate, and an improvement in your sense of wellbeing. Meditation has also been found to improve concentration, problem-solving, and compassion. It is now used more often for pain management and stress reduction.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Learn meditation in an experiential and supportive format, through an 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class. Breathe in. Breathe out. Pay attention. That is the practice. Together, through practice, you will learn to come back to the present moment.
Stress Management and Resiliency Training
Or attend a weekend S.M.A.R.T. retreat learning with the brain in mind. When you know how your brain works it can have a profound effect on your ability to understand yourself and others. This creates an upward spiral toward increased effectiveness and satisfaction. Neuroscience is showing us the way. Training your attention activates the brain in ways that promote perspective taking and resilience building, you overcome distraction and reduce stress.
Move Your Life
Move Your Life, 4-part series. The opposite of move is stuck, stagnant,, stopped. Utilizing the latest from neuroscience and movement science find ways to break through the inertia and Move Your Life; Body, Mind, Heart, and Sacred Life. Broaden the boundaries of your comfort zone and propel your self into greater happiness; connect your body/ mind system and meet your genuine self. Mindfulness embodied with the fluid movement of NIA is a catalyst for profound change.
Health Coaching & Cancer Coaching
Coaching is a process where a client takes stock of where they are now and where they would like to be, and investigates the gap. This could be about anything - relationships, weight, exercise, stress, living with a chronic illness, negative self-talk, distractions, lack of self-esteem or confidence, boundaries or lack of them, communicating needs and wants, pervasive anxiety or how to ask for help. Clinets learn strategies and practices to engage in that facilitate change, all with support from the coach. Lifestyle changes for health and wellbeing happens by engaging in small practices consistently and over time the change becomes the new normal and is ingrained in the person - body, heart and mind. Partnering with Amy is a deep dive into seeing yourself honestly and unedited, an investigation into what your heart most desires, and taking steps to create that future. Get to the heart of what matters most and step more fully into your life.
How Does Mindfulness Work?
Researchers at Harvard reviewed the literature and found four key ways mindfulness works to enhance quality of life. They are:
Sense of Self
These components work together to create that sense of calm and wellbeing mindfulness is known for. What's especially exciting about these findings is they are being proven in neuroscience and brain imaging.
Life Transitions as Growth Opportunities
Change is constant. Sometimes change is welcome and planned and other times it is thrust upon you without warning leaving you questioning and disoriented, gasping for air. It's your ability to adapt and respond that determines whether the transitions will be smooth or difficult. Change can happen in both your personal and professional life, and taking the time to ask questions can be a place to start investigating what these changes could mean for your life. Questions such as:
What does it mean for me physically, emotionally, and spiritually?
What does it mean for me professionally?
What do I need to focus on and commit to?
What is it time to let go of?
What new possibility is making itself known?
Working with change rather than avoiding what is arising is an opportunity to grow. From this perspective change can be about developing insight; finding a deeper and more compassionate understanding of yourself and those around you.
Change is a process and working with Amy's heart centered approach provides support while you release, reorient and eventually renew. Sometimes when things look like they are falling apart, can actually be a time you experience your greatest growth.
Ultimately, this allows you to discover new meaning in your personal struggles and appreciate the life lessons that come with change.