In Asian languages, the word for mind and the word for heart are same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.

— Jon Kabat-Zinn

Thank you for visiting Mindfulness in the Heartland.

Over twenty-five years ago, I was introduced to a mindfulness-based meditation practice while studying as an undergraduate in psychology. I remember at the time feeling compelled to try meditation because I thought it might help decrease my stress levels while managing the rigors of academic life. This initial foray into mindfulness came at an important time for me. Through a very simple practice, I found something I had been searching for my whole life—a sense of being at ease.

Having had the trajectory of my adult life profoundly shaped by the practices of mindfulness, I am committed to sharing them with others who desire to be more fully present to the life unfolding through them. Today, I educate about mindfulness through my writing, public speaking and teaching. My professional practice focuses on mindful parenting and mindfulness in the family, educational settings and the workplace.

Of one thing I am certain, we cannot genuinely experience the joy of life without also accepting its moments of sorrow; because they are two faces of the same coin. Fundamentally, we are all naturally creative, resourceful and house the answers to our innermost needs. Mindfulness practices bring us home to this truth, time and time again.

It is my intention to inspire you to live as if every moment matters—to encourage you to bravely lean into life’s challenges—relinquishing attachments to what “should be” for the sake of what is, and ultimately, to live more joyfully—with compassion and kindness for yourself and others.

With loving-kindness,

Amy Zoe Schonhoff

%d bloggers like this: