"Mindfulness is awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally" - John Kabat-Zinn
Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.
The benefits of mindfulness that have been identified are:
While mindfulness is available to anyone, it’s important to develop the foundational skills necessary to establish a practice.
Jen Stone is a Mindfulness Based Chronic Pain and Stress Management Teacher. She received her BA in Psychology from McGill University and an M.Sc., in Organizational Psychology at the London School of Economics. For 10 years after graduation, Jen worked in the corporate world. Jen's enthusiasm for mindfulness comes from her own discovery of being mindful.
She has continued to learn at the University of Toronto and has a certificate degree in Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain/Stress Management (MBCPM). In addition, she is currently completing a Masters in Clinical Counseling.
Passionate about self-growth, and personal development, Jen uses her natural empathetic and genuine teaching approach to inspire her clients to live their most authentic lives by living in the moment, practicing non-judgment, compassion and incorporating consistent, daily meditation as a tool to manage stress and anxiety. In addition to group programs, she offers one-on-one classes for individuals looking to improve themselves in all areas to live a life full of joy, opportunity and inspiration.
In response to life’s ups and downs, I felt it necessary find balance. I had tried meditation in the past by reading books and attempting self-guidance. There was always something that seemed to be missing. Self-care is not something I felt I could achieve or even deserved. Emotionally, I was at a low point and by chance was introduced to Jen. Jen was able to cut through the negativity and force me to look at life in a different light. She was able to help me navigate through some challenging times and make me stronger in the process. Mediation and mindfulness has allowed me to step back and take a moment to assess situations and react accordingly. I am in a more positive state of mind and I owe most of it to Jen. I say “most” because I also needed to put in the work. Fortunately, she makes this easier to accomplish. Jen radiates both compassion and professionalism and I am grateful to have her in my life!
I wanted to try meditation classes since the first time I heard a meditation segment at the end of a yoga class. It was our good fortune when my husband & I were referred to Jen. My original goal was to be able to de-stress at the end of the day. What happened was that I embarked on a journey of self-discovery I never thought I would find at 50, with Jen as a very trusted guide. Jen is professional and knowledgeable but still receptive to ideas we bring forward. In addition to reviewing the various meditation methods, she has provided complimentary tools to manage and overtake habits of negativity, fear and avoidance that I had been perfecting my whole life. I look forward to the purposeful meditation classes that Jen creates for us. She does a great job at balancing empathy and straightforwardness which leaves me supported and strengthened. So grateful to her!
Working with Jen has raised my awareness of my thought patterns and helped me get through tough times with less anxiety.
I was skeptical of hiring a teacher, but am really glad I did, because I don't think I would have successfully implemented the principles of mindfulness had I read them in a book.
Jen is professional, yet very warm and non-judgemental, and I found both her personality and her voice to be soothing & inspiring.
I started with a single session and have worked with her consistently for over a year now, so I highly recommend.
Jen is reliable and clinically very competent. She is very well loved and respected by her students, and I get nothing but positive feedback from them about her work. I enjoy Jen as a spirited team member, who is always full of initiative and interesting insight.
Dr. Treyvaud (Psychiatrist)
Jen is an inspiring, enthusiastic teacher of mindfulness whose commitment to the practice is revealed in her engaging, knowledgeable teachings. If you are looking to become more mindful and feel less stress, that is what you will get with Jen.
Dr. Linda (Medical Doctor)