5 minutes: A Mindful Breath Awareness Practice
Updates: January 2017
Happy New Year!
I am now a full time professor at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I'm teaching mindfulness to university students and later this year will be teaching again in the southwestern Michigan community.
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One of the most valuable “gems” I received from Lori was a thorough explanation of the stages of change that everyone goes through and what made change so challenging for me. I was stuck and not sure about making change; Lori helped me realize that until I was willing to make a commitment both mentally and emotionally, I would only continue to feel frustrated and berate myself. I highly recommend Dr. Lori Gray Boothroyd!K. McPherson, Psychologist and Mother of Three! Las Cruces, New Mexico
In Lori’s course on Mindfulness and stress reduction, I have learned to slow down, both physically and in my little monkey mind. I hope that I am a better listener and observer of situations before I act. My mind feels spacious, not crowded with thoughts. I learned that anxious moments and thoughts don’t define me. I am more than my thoughts!S.S., educator, Traverse City, MI
Dr. Lori Boothroyd coaches in a warm, dedicated manner that makes the process of positive behavior change a series of highly productive, enjoyable events. Lori taught me how to expand my mental capacity to visualize and implement positive outcomes in the areas of stress management, nutrition, inter-personal relationships and business growth. Thanks to Lori, I have learned to “live in the moment” and I am currently enjoying life to its fullest.Jim Dagwell , Traverse Tax & Accounting, Traverse City, Michigan
As a result of taking the mindfulness stress reduction workshop, I feel better equipped to handle stressful communication. Due to the mindful movement, I have greatly decreased my chronic pain and headaches. Lori herself is very calming in both voice and dress. This worked well for me to focus on calmness. Lori brings me back to “sanctuary”.L.M., manager, Traverse City, MI
After the stress reduction class was over, I felt positive changes to the goal of not treating myself so harshly. It was an eye opening experience! I encourage anyone to take the class because it is a gift to yourself to learn how to respond rather than react in stressful situations.T.L., educator, Traverrse City, MI
Would I recommend the stress reduction class to others? Oh gosh! I’d say to not wait until you “have time” – that will never happen! And the more you believe you don’t have time….the more you need to take this class. Do it, jump in, and priorities and sense of time will follow, naturally. It’s a tremendous act of self-care with heaps of unexpected benefits – both shared with fellow classmates and highly individuals ones. Take the time and take the risk. It’s of immeasurable value!M.A., physicians assistant, Traverse City, MI
As a result of the stress reduction workshop with Lori, I can finally enjoy my life without as much anxiety because I now have tools that I can tap into myself and control. I am now also authentic with myself, relationships and life.L.L., Business Owner, Traverse City, MI
I took the stress reduction course with Lori last year. I came to the class primarily to reduce stress in my life and found so much more…..a way of living that is slower, takes in more of life so I am present for more joyful moments. I think everyone experiences this class in their own unique way. Lori does an excellent job of guiding and inviting participants to find their own awareness along this journey. Thank you Lori!K.Z., Non-profits, Traverse City, MI
The stress reduction class taught me how to increase levels of self care leading to decreased stress levels and overall improved quality of life. This class is about getting to know yourself better and being more “awake” during your waking hours.M.M, educator, Traverse City, MI
I feel calmer and clearer. I am more compassionate to myself and others. I wear my own truths more clearly, and I feel braver in attending to them. I trust more, in a faithful way, I feel safe, supported and secure in my life.M.S., educator, Traverse City, MI
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