Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of paying attention on purpose to the present moment with openness and curiosity. Scientific studies show that meditation changes the shape of our brain increasing our resiliency in all aspects of our life creating balance and a greater sense of wellbeing. Regular practice creates many other health benefits such as reducing blood pressure, stress, anxiety, and depression while increasing our emotional intelligence, productivity, creativity and concentration. We are able to solve difficult problems and find freedom from habitual thoughts and feelings that no longer serve us. This creates more resiliency in our lives to be fully present in each moment and live one’s own life with authenticity. In this session we will provide an opportunity to practice mindfulness meditation and learn ways to incorporate it into our daily life.
About the Speaker
Christine O'Shaughnessy brings an unusual combination of corporate experience as well as training in meditation to her work. Knowing the effects that stress can play in people’s health has inspired her to focus her interest in incorporating mindfulness meditation into daily life as an integral tool for stress management, relaxation training, addiction, anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain and long term illnesses. She is the founder of Mindful Presence (http://www.mindfulpresence.net) which offers mindfulness meditation training in corporations, groups, and individually. She has practiced Insight Meditation and yoga for more than 15 years and is RYT200 certified. Christine is also a Mindfulness Instructor for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care offering Mindfulness courses and yoga to a diverse clientele including Admiral Metals, Google, Harvard University, MIT, Mitre, Papa Gino's, South Shore Hospital, South Shore VNA, Sun Life, and Tufts University.
Christine brings depth and knowledge from her previous executive corporate experience into her mindfulness trainings, guiding executives to become more mindful leaders in the workplace. She has worked as the Managing Director of a search and consulting firm; the Director of Sales of a software company; and as a Vice President and Senior Credit Analyst at Loomis, Sayles & Co., an investment management firm in Boston. She holds a BA in Finance and an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, MA.
Christine has completed intensive training programs and attended silent retreats at Insight Meditation Center, Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, Buddhist Center for Buddhist Studies studying with meditation teachers such as Ajahn Succitto, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Ty Powers, Larry Rosenberg, Narayan Helen Liebonson, Kittisaro and Thanissara. She offers Yin Yoga Intensive Teacher Training programs and is also the co-creator of Harvard Pilgrim's online instructional yoga videos.