Introducing...Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
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Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
I found Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book, Full Catastrophe Living. By following along, as best I could without a live teacher, I managed to see how a “habitual pattern of behavior” was contributing to my physical problems. Because the program helped me so much, I decided to do what I could to share this valuable information and serve others who are suffering.
What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?
The first job I held was teaching yoga and meditation through Portland Community College in Oregon. I found it rewarding to help others help themselves.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
The community is my customer. I’m currently teaching the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at the El Dorado Hills Community Center and at the Smith Flat House Health & Wellness Center in Placerville.
What’s your hidden talent?
My hidden talent is that I’ve been a sculptor for almost 30 years. I use to carve stone (alabaster and soap stone), but now, because of arthritis, I’ve switched over to clay.
What’s your biggest job perk?
My biggest job perk is hearing from my students about how much the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques have changed their lives and given them tools to help them help themselves. Serving others always brings joy into one’s life.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawkings, Buddha and Jesus – they all have understood the workings of the universe.
What’s your favorite local business other than your own?
My favorites are Noah’s Ark Natural Foods, Sweetie Pie’s Restaurant & Bakery, and Strands Organic Salon.
And finally, customer service is…?
When I was going through my teacher training for the Stress Reduction Program out of the El Camino Medical Center in Mountain View, I was told that one must always have compassion for each participant and call the student if they happen to miss a class. This simple gesture helps each person feel valued and cared for.
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