It is a realm where life becomes most vibrant and meaningful when experienced moment-to-moment through the practice of mindfulness. Thriving in the present is my quest and passion; along  with  sharing techniques and understandings that provide that mode of being to others.  Living in this fashion allows experiences to become more fully felt and embodied with a sense of curiosity, creativity and insight.

Having experienced meditation as the doorway to peacefulness and creativity, I love to share the meditative and creative arts as chances for change. Providing the time and space, pressures of typical work-a-day worries can be put aside, allowing a different way of being to emerge. The mindfulness practice promotes  peace by calming and focusing the mind; and insight and wisdom through enhanced awareness. By combining peace with wisdom equanimity can occur. Such a place of being encourages therapeutic and restorative results, creating more energy and vibrancy in daily life.  Feelings of freedom and the ability to be more self-expressive can happen. Sometimes the style of communication that is longed for are not words, as typically spoken, but rather poetry, songs, the sound of music, visual images or creative movement. Being able to provide a place where individuals can become more aware, fully feeling and expressive is my aspiration.

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”  -  Henry David Thoreau

My teaching goal is to provide each ability level, temperament, personality and circumstance with effective techniques for change. Individuals then learn to practice disciplines that best impact personal growth. I work with a variety of meditative and creative art forms to help individuals bring a greater sense of equanimity and meaningfulness into their lives.

Examples of some meditative and creative arts disciplines with which I work include:

.  samatha and vipassana meditation

.  walking meditation

.  yoga and chi gong

.  eating meditation

.  creative movement, music, poetry, art, and writing

.  various techniques for guiding deep relaxation

Some benefits of an established mindfulness practice include:

.  a more quiet and peaceful mind

.  an enhanced ability to pay attention, focus and concentrate

.  being more responsive versus reactive

.  a reduction of stress and anxiety

.  a greater sense of vibrancy and joy in life

.  a doorway to creativity

.  an ability to better deal with both physical and psychological pain

.  a cultivation of kindness and compassion for self and others

.  motivation to select and maintain a lifestyle diet

.  sleeping more soundly

.  ability to maintain a sense of equanimity, balance and blissfulness

“How we see and hold the full range of our experiences in our minds and in our hearts makes an enormous difference in the quality of this journey we are on, and what it means to us.  It can influence where we go, what happens, what we learn and how we feel along the way.”    -   Jon Kabat-Zinn


Cheryl Harlan

Mindfulness Mentoring in the Meditative and Creative Arts