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Meditation and Mindfulness Petaluma

Meditation, Mindfulness and More : P.O.S.T. – Wellness by Design

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Meditation and Mindfulness: “Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.” See

Each class will offer a method that helps promote ease and balance. Various forms of meditation may be a way to look at the reactive mind. Yoga postures, walking, and other forms of movement may also be supportive when done with curious attention to our body/mind relationship. In addition, using mindfulness practices supports relief from suffering, and compassion for yourself and others. It is available in each step and breath you take.

One of the types of meditation is Yoga Nidra/iRest.The state of Yoga Nidra is defined as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness.

This practice not only calms the nervous system, it creates inner resolve.

With the use of defining your individual intention (sankalpa) towards wholeness and well being, one is guided into meditative inquiry and discovery. While resting in a state of ultimate harmony (the state of yoga nidra) in which brain waves slow down, one emerges rejuvenated with ease. This practice continues to bring support in our daily lives, so that we can meet and greet all the challenges, changes, and life transitions life brings.

Individualized sessions in my office by appointment.

Please call 707-763-4679.


Quotes for Pondering

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?

– Jack Kornfield –


Seeing Clearly

Our practice is to meet life exactly as it is and to notice whatever fear, anger, or doubt gets in the way of direct intimate contact with this moment, bringing attention to that as well. Rather than changing something or seeking to get somewhere we imagine we should be, practice is about seeing clearly exactly how things really are and how we relate to them. Practice thus becomes an increasing intimacy with life just as it is, and there is nothing—including the ideas that we should be getting something or somewhere—that is unworthy of the clear, nonjudgmental attention we call mindfulness.

– Douglas Phillips, “Q&A with Douglas Phillips”

A message from Pema Chodron

Rather than going after our walls and barriers with a sledgehammer, we pay attention to them. With gentleness and honesty, we move closer to those walls. We touch them and smell them and get to know them well. We begin a process of acknowledging our aversions and our cravings. We become familiar with the strategies and beliefs we use to build the walls: What are the stories I tell myself? What repels me and what attracts me? We start to get curious about what’s going on.
(From The Places That Scare You)



Join me as I guide you…

…into this journey of Self discovery and witnessing awareness, where you are no longer identified by your pain and suffering, or your emotions, thoughts or life events and stories. Integrative Restoration explores your authentic ground of being.

Check out this article from Wired Magazine:

“Yoga, thanks largely to the Institute, is today widespread in military hospitals. Fritts is now working on a new yoga-meditation hybrid, called “iRest®,” that’s showing promising results in alleviating PTSD symptoms.”

“iRest® (Integrative Restoration/Yoga Nidra) is an evidence based ancient transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that releases negative emotions and thought patterns, calms the nervous system, and develops an inner sanctuary of well-being and equanimity that underlies all circumstance you may encounter in your life. ”

-Richard Miller, Director of Integrative Restoration Institute.

“As you gradually gain more and more of a witnessing stance about everything external and internal, it becomes easier to set aside mental content with a simple act of determination, sankalpa shakti. In a sense, you simply go there, emptying and entering Yoga Nidra.”


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