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​Mindful Meditation Training Institute

   for MBCT 


New Healthworks​      Karen Vandiver, Owner





The Mindfulness Movement evolved from a combination of Meditation Practices from mostly Buddhist Practice while including Hypnotherapy Techniques.  Jon Kabat Zinn, Ph.D. wrote the definitive MBSR-Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction book that has gained so much notoriety followed by the book on MBCT-Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy by Segal, Teasdale, and Williams.  This is followed by the MBCT movement that has gained traction today.  Mindfulness utilizes the deep breathing and focal point as in meditation (whether the focal point is repetition of a word (mantra) breathing, walking, visualizing or auditory, kinesthetic, or visual.  Then there are the different hypnotherapy techniques that are now called mindfulness techniques, such as: progressive relaxation, body scan, safe place, creative visualization, five senses exercise, mental rehearsal exercise, to name a few.  I did 200 hours of hypnotherapy training, 80 of which was required for certification and 10 years of meditation training resulting in more than 20 years of total meditation practice which led to the Mindful Meditation Training Institute.


I have created an MBCT Power Point Presentation for executives, professionals, university classes, and other interested groups.  The Power Point addresses mindfulness for adults and children.

 

A Loving Kindness Morning Retreat:   This is a 3 hour retreat to assist with a beginning meditation practice to help you ultimately establish a solid practice that will sustain you.   It provides you with tools to assist in correcting unhealthy thought patterns so you will transform the mind in a healthy way. 


Graduates will be invited to attend a monthly meditation meeting for further assistance with furthering your practice.


In January, we are taking applications for the new Mindful Meditation Institute Teacher Training Program.  And another MBCT Class will begin.  Please contact us for more information.



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Meditation has been an important discipline in my life for many years. Prior to that I utilized self hypnosis, but could not gain consistency in my practice. For me, it was helpful to find a teacher and was fortunate to become a student of Kriya Yoga.  It is definitely best to become proficient in one form of meditation before attempting others.  Ultimately, you will learn that meditation is a form of focused attention and concentration that has been practiced for many centuries.  Studies show that it results in increased neuroplasticity in the brain and assists in retaining brain mass along with creating brain health that results in the production of new brain cells.  One of the articles below cites research by NIH indicating that a certain level of advanced meditation induces experiences of light caused by the quickly firing neurons in the brain that heralds the increased neuroplasticity.  My teacher advised us to ignore it and referred to it as mind candy as to not lose focus.  But it can sometimes persist beyond the meditation and this phenomenon is described along with others in the study.


Once you learn how to meditate in one discipline, you can meditate regardless of form.  Your brain already knows how to go to that place of focused concentration that aids in memory, problem solving, moving past dualistic thinking that keeps one stuck in negative patterns, lessening the effects of depression and anxiety, and significantly improved sleep, empathy, and compassion.  You will find calm in the face of chaos.  Different focal points address the way a person learns best whether one is visual, auditory, or kinesthetic.  A very beautiful benefit is a deeper connection to life and greater awareness.      

                                         

You will find groups to sit with all over Texas, the U.S., Europe, and Asia.  You can also find some wonderful silent retreat places when you desire to go on a retreat alone. How To Meditate and Search Inside Yourself are the simplest  books with the basics on form and focus.  Our work here will help you to explore and enjoy the journey.  It changes your inner world resulting in seeing and responding to your outer world in a different and beautiful way.  


Some additional techniques to ease your way into meditation include progressive relaxation, guided meditation, body scans, meditative singing, safe place, inner journey utilizing creative visualization, and deep breathing.


I look forward to working with you!


​Karen Vandiver



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For interesting work on Stress check out Robert Sapolsky, PhD's book, Why Zebra's Don't Get Ulcers and a video about his research by National Geographic titled, Stress The Silent Killer.  Dr. Sapolsky is an American neuroendocrinologist, an author and a professor of neurology and neurological science at Stanford University.


Also check out the article in Science Magazine titled, "Your Gut Is Directly Connected to Your Brain By A Newly Discovered Neuron Circuit.  Serotonin is the hormone for motivation and interest. Some antidepressants help the brain produce serotonin to relieve depression. 90%of serotonin is produced in the gut. 


Links to good articles on meditation below:


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3879457/  The light phenomena resulting from one pointed concentration where one's focus when well developed created sensory deprivation in the brain causing neurons to fire quickly creating new brain cells and increased neuroplasticity.