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with Kita Mehaffy, MA, MFA

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Introduction to Mindfulness

Life Coaching through the Lens of Mindfulness

Why Mindfulness?

Why Mindfulness? 

Part of the extraordinary package of living

is stress and we can't stop that. But we can learn to manage our response to stressors, cultivating a sense of control and calm, expanding our personal choices, and building connections to a greater sense of inner balance, resilience and joy. (Trust in ourselves is a part of this picture, like allowing an elephant to give us a hug! )

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Growing our capacity for mindfulness supports

both personal and professional goals for developing concentration, focus and steadiness

in the face of challenge. Community Classes, Corporate Workshops and Private Coaching Sessions are all available, depending on your needs. Contact me for further information.

What is MBSR?


MINDFULNESS, as defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn,

is "paying attention on purpose,

moment-by-moment, and non-judgmentally."

Why would we choose to live our lives mindfully? 

In order to experience the truth of each moment, strengthening our ability to tap into the opportunities

of where we are now, responding to what we encounter both internally and externally with the full understanding

of the present moment, the present circumstances, the present options. In other words, we make decisions

based on the whole of what is real and what is possible.

Mindfulness--awareness in the present--is an innate capacity, one available to all of us. We need only to

cultivate and then practice, diligently practice, the awareness of the present moment, rather than accepting the limitations of minds and hearts 

preoccupied and distracted by worries of the past and anxieties of what the  future might bring. 

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MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION is an evidence-based program initially developed as an adjunct to medical treatment to reduce stress and address issues of chronic pain. Decades of  research have identified a range of other potential benefits, including  a decrease in anxiety, depression, and blood pressure, as well as an improvement in sleep, concentration, immune system function and an overall sense of well-being.


MBSR was developed and introduced by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, at the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979. A long-time Zen  practitioner, his intention to bring the benefits of mindful awareness and meditation to a broader community, and to do so in a non-spiritual, secular way, one that anyone, of any belief or non-belief, could readily access. His program continues to thrive, having spread around the world and been adopted and practiced by countless people.



MBSR is an 8-week experiential program where you will learn and practice various formal meditations and informal mindfulness methods, cultivating your own inner resources to reduce stress and develop resilience for the challenges and joys of daily life. 



MBSR Classes 

- MBSR Refresher  
- MBSR Beginnings  




Is it time for a mindfulness refresher? As in most things that take time, our busy schedules can sometimes run right over our commitment to meditation as well as our daily efforts to remain nonjudgmentally mindful. Come review your path to cultivating mindfulness and practice your meditation skills. Do this for yourself!


MBSR   Refresher  - 4 classes

Tuesdays, July 9 - July 30 

6:30 - 8:00pm, $150

Location TBA

MBSR 8-week series - taught through the Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education Program (CE)

Tuesdays, September 10 - October 29

9:30am - noon

Retreat day included -  October 26th - 9:00am to 3:00pm

More info on price and location coming soon via SFCC.

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About Kita


I have had the good fortune to explore the world, visiting over 30 countries and living in a number of them. Through my travels I've built a love of the earth and the many peoples and cultures that make our planet so extraordinary. My first career was in health care where, among other things, I taught meditation for stress relief to patients and retreat clients before I knew what MBSR was. After many years of meditating using various methods, a period of my own stress led to the decision to take several series of MBSR classes. The program included very specific meditations along with the cultivation of mindfulness in a way that addressed re-visioning our relationships with ourselves and the world around us. It changed my life in many ways. To have the opportunity to teach others how to take control of their own stress, find their own place of resilience through presence of mind, is a gift.

The information I have to share is both simple and profound.

With gratitude, I look  forward to helping you enhance your own well-being.


Kita studied MBSR at the University of California San Diego in their Professional Training Institute's MBSR certification program.

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