For those who have tried meditation, "but it didn't work."
This group is geared towards beginners, but all are welcome. Mieke offers a blend of guided meditation and mindfulness meditation. This group has also included deep breathing, stretching, slow walking or other mindful movement, and quiet toning (holding any note or other vocal sound on the exhale, which is remarkably soothing.) Attending to one’s in-the-moment experience without judgement is the only goal or intention of this group. But participants, especially those who have previously “tried meditation but couldn’t do it” are often surprised and delighted to find that they feel much more relaxed, calm, and grounded afterwards.
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“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear”
"I found I was able to settle in and attend to my inner world much more easily in a group than I could by myself."
"Mieke’s gentle voice was so soothing, it made it easier to shift away from all the thinking I normally do and just be focused on my experience moment to moment."
"I felt so much calmer and more focused afterwards, thank you Mieke!"
"Mieke, I want to say I'm grateful for people like you in my life who bring awareness to me to be more present with my words - with my mind - to be more loving and open-hearted. Thank you for your offerings - they are so enriching."
"I am so unbelievably thankful that I saw your flyer - I felt so peaceful and light after I left your class last week! I truly believe that this class could move mountains for me as my hope is to be able to learn how to mediate and be able to do it by myself in the future."
Mieke’s background in meditation
Mieke has studied with various meditation teachers over the years, and has enjoyed reading and listening to the work of such well known teachers as Tara Brach, Pema Chodron, Ron Siegal, Rick Hanson, and many others. Polyvagal Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Internal Family Systems Therapy also inform her work. But the bulk of her experience in attending within has come from decades of studying and practicing Authentic Movement, a form of moving meditation, and participating in various sound healing circles. Mieke has also found a gratitude practice to be quite profound.