Mindfulness Coaching Blog

What are you telling yourself?

What are you programming yourself to believe? How do you know it is true? Go slow. Explore and investigate what you are telling yourself. Go slower. Make sure what you are telling yourself is true. Choose your words, thoughts and images slowly during these times. Make...

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A little madness is good for the soul!

A little madness is good for the soul!

When I was 25 years old, I was a consciousness growth trainer living at an educational and intentional community. We had just moved from Berkeley to a 150 acre old Catholic seminary in rural Kentucky. I was homesick. As I was packing to go back west a friend came to...

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Simplify with a Strong Dose of Slow

Simplify with a Strong Dose of Slow

Simplify with a Strong Dose of Slow It appears Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was reading my current mindset when he wrote Something Left Undone in 1863. This summer no matter my intentions, disruptive events have arrived taking me for wild unscheduled runs, leaving much...

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What Dance is Dancing You?

What Dance is Dancing You?

What Dance Is Dancing You? September 2,1993 I witnessed Mikhail Baryshnikov become the dance at the Santa Fe Opera. I wept as the sun went down over the Jemez Mountains and the dance danced him. It was a sacred, holy time. He. Was. The. Dance. Becoming the dance...

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May nature be your guide

May the winds guide you in to an unexpected location May the birds sing to you throughout your day May the laughing coyote let you in on the joke May the darkness of night show you her beauty May the tarantula crossing the dirt path keep you focused May the unexpected...

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The Three Treasures Practice Study

The Three Treasures Practice Study

Would you be interested in contributing five minutes of your day for 14 days towards an independent research study called The Three Treasures Practice? The Three Treasures Practice is a simple daily meditation utilizing the benefits of EMDR, Positive Psychology and...

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Beyond the Minimum

Beyond the Minimum

By Liv Syptak, MCS Admissions Coach and Faculty Member As Admissions Coach for the Mindfulness Coaching School, prospective students will often ask me, “which certification should I go for?” What a great question! More and more I’m encouraging student coaches to begin...

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Welcome, Kristin!

Welcome, Kristin!

We are thrilled to introduce Dr. Kristin Moody as a new faculty member! Kristin will be teaching Business Alchemy: Create Abundance & Live Your Vision in the summer and fall. Kristin Moody is a proud graduate of the Mindfulness Coaching School and an enthusiastic...

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Exploring the Power of Habit

Exploring the Power of Habit

By Gretchen Larsen (Hochstatt, France), MCS Alumna I recently had the chance to read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I’d like to share some of the insights from the book that I found useful working on my own habits, but also working with clients on habit change....

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Brother David and Me: Ring of Gratitude

Brother David and Me: Ring of Gratitude

By Ann-Marie McKelvey, MCS Founder & Director Upaya Zen Center, May, 2008 — The very first thing I noticed about Brother David Steindl-Rast was his hands. Upon entering Upaya House he bowed, reverently greeting each of us with palms together and fingers pointed...

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Community Building Through MCS

Community Building Through MCS

By Ruby Orcutt (Derby, NY), Senior MCS Student One year ago I was looking for inspiration. My career was at a certain point, but my expectations were much higher. Then I bumped into Mindfulness Coaching School, and it felt like inspiration had knocked at my door....

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My Journey

My Journey

By Dalida Turkovic, PCC (MCS Alumna and founder of the Beijing Mindfulness Centre) Some years ago, close to a decade now, I began learning from my coach and mentor Ann-Marie McKelvey. Through her coaching I learned how to use the present moment awareness to identify...

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From Russell

From Russell

Since finishing my classes at Mindfulness Coaching School, I’ve been working with clients to build hours toward Mindfulness, Wellness & Somatic Coach Certification. Many of my current clients have come from the student-led Client Pool, which has been an invaluable...

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The Lake of a Thousand Dreams

The Lake of a Thousand Dreams

Once upon a time in a land not so far away there lived a princess; bright, strong, independent. Her palace overlooked the Lake of a Thousand Dreams, yet she was unable to dream passion, balance, and light-heartedness into her world. The Princess suffered. One day she...

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Coaching, you say?

Coaching, you say?

When I started working with Ann-Marie in 2015, I asked her, “So, what exactly do you do as a coach?” Her answer stuck with me: “I help people remember how amazing they are.” Coaching is a big, deep, creative, and connective practice. It’s...

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No Guts, No Glory!

No Guts, No Glory!

Remember when you were younger? Jumping over rocks, ditches, puddles and streams? Jumping off the swing? Jumping into adventures? Remember the feelings of excitement? Of wonder? Of just doing it because it was the next thing? Failing was not in the equation. It was...

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Return To Stillness

Return To Stillness

If you find yourself asking, “How can I  stay consistent with my meditation practice?” Here are a few things to try… • Dedicate a Space – If your chair or cushion is always set, it will be much easier to arrive, and ego will have one less excuse to...

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Without A Frame

Without A Frame

By Ann-Marie McKelvey, LPCC, MCC MCS Founder & Director Without a frame, potholder loops will not become potholders. They need something to hold onto to in order to become real. Duh! Without a frame, ideas cannot manifest into reality. Mmm… Without a frame, ideas...

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Thoughtful Consumption

Thoughtful Consumption

I’ve grown committed to thoughtful consumption over the past few years. This means carefully evaluating purchases, distinguishing between needs and wants, and feeling confident that what I purchase will provide a great deal of utility or pleasure. Choosing to...

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Coaching Tip of the Month

Coaching Tip of the Month

It’s easy to think of a goal as a simple task or a specific outcome – such as meditating each day for ten minutes or losing five pounds. To broaden your scope, try thinking about goals in the following three categories: Experiences – What experience...

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Trusting What Is Alive In You

Trusting What Is Alive In You

By Zana and Ann-Marie Last night I was walking with my friend Zana and we explored feeling uninspired about deadlines and projects… This is what she had to say ~ Annie, the pressure is on when we tell ourselves we have to perform, be exciting, or lead the way...

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Magic is happening…

Magic is happening…

Sarah and Ann-Marie are so excited about their new class, Business Alchemy, that they couldn’t wait until next Quarter to offer it. So we created a new schedule… three Saturday mornings and two weekday evenings, that will still provide you with 12 ICF CCEs...

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Join the 165 Club!

Join the 165 Club!

B.Y.O.G. (Bring Your Own Gremlin) Ann-Marie suggests listening to Woman In The Moon to ready yourself for reading this article… Recently, I was coached by MCS students Lionela Torriero, and later Mac Dryden, on my beliefs about aging and dying. I saw the subtle...

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