Frequently Asked QuestionS

Learn About Mindfulness

Who benefits from mindfulness?

Anyone and everyone who is open to learning and to growth.  Our brains and bodies are all designed and made in the same ways, so the application of mindfulness to each person works in the same ways (though with different results based on the makeup of the individual).

Will mindfulness solve my problems? Will mindfulness work for me?

Mindfulness does not solve your problems but instead allows you to see your problems and their solutions more clearly. Mindfulness is not magic but instead is like exercise for your brain -- just like exercise for our body generates benefits only if we do it consistently, mindfulness benefits us if we practice it consistently.

Is mindfulness good for people like athletes or musicians?

Yes, mindfulness benefits the brain by improving focus.  Musicians and athletes are just 2 examples of individuals who need extreme focus to perform optimally and to be in the “zone”.  Music itself can be a form of mindfulness practice.  Athletes like Steph Curry and Bianca Andreescu use mindfulness to boost focus and perspective.  The Seattle Seahawks use mindfulness as part of their training.

Does mindfulness mean that bad things won’t happen to me anymore?

Mindfulness doesn’t change what happens to you but allows you to change your relationship to what happens to you.

Am I doing mindfulness wrong since my mind seems to go in a million directions?

No, that is just the nature of the mind.  It’s part of the process, and you’re not doing anything wrong. The goal isn't to control your thoughts but instead to stop letting your thoughts control you.

Does mindfulness help people in stressful jobs?

Yes.  Mindfulness is proven to be a way to reduce and manage stress and increase productivity. Companies around the world harness the power of mindfulness for a competitive edge, including Aetna, General Mills, and Goldman Sachs.

Would my child benefit from mindfulness? What about my teenager?

Yes, children and teens greatly benefit from the practice of mindfulness.  Stress in our young people is at never before seen levels.  Mindfulness lowers stress levels, helps young people better manage stress reactions and impulsive actions, and facilitates more thoughtful responses.

Is mindfulness also something I can do even if I feel good and don’t feel like I need help with stress or coping?

Yes, practicing mindfulness is like strengthening a muscle.  With more practice, the stronger the positive effects of mindfulness on yourself.  It is important to practice mindfulness when we feel good and when we feel bad.

Is mindfulness religious?

No, mindfulness is not religious nor is it the practice of a religion, though most religious traditions have a meditative component within them.

Does mindfulness mean meditation?

All meditation is mindfulness but not all mindfulness is meditation.

Why should I do this program when I can find information about mindfulness on the internet on my own?

Using a mindfulness guide can be beneficial for several reasons:  it is results-focused and not just random information; it is taught and guided in a sequential way; it is easier and more effective to use someone experienced to guide you rather than trying to figure it out alone; it fills in the missing pieces you may have been looking for in your practice; and it provides accountability and motivation to help you in your practice. Information may be free, but an education is priceless.

Is mindfulness therapy?

No, mindfulness is not therapy, which is the treatment of mental health issues.  However, mindfulness can be a complement to therapy and invites deeper awareness of your mental health.

If I’m in therapy, do I need mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a lovely complement to therapy and you may find that therapy is more beneficial with a mindfulness practice. Many counselors and therapists recommend mindfulness to their patients.

Does my doctor know about mindfulness?

Yes, most likely.  The University of Massachusetts Medical Center pioneered mindfulness education and research in this country during the 20th century.  The empirical research is now vast and many physicians are increasingly aware of the benefits both for themselves and their patients.  The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock offers a mindfulness-based stress reduction program for patients and employees.

Is mindfulness something I just do when I’m focused on practicing it?

Mindfulness practice itself can be both an intentional practice and one that also over time begins to weave itself seamlessly into your life and your everyday activities.

Does mindfulness help with addictions, like drugs or food or alcohol?

Yes, mindfulness training has been shown to help reverse the process by which addictive substances or activities hijack the brain’s reward and pleasure-seeking networks.

Can I use a payment plan and is payment due at booking? What if I'm not satisfied?

Yes, payment is due at booking, and payment plans are available. If you aren't satisfied, we will refund your payment.

Why is mindfulness so beneficial in the workplace?

Mindfulness has been shown to lower medical costs; decrease absenteeism; increase morale and retention rates; expand cooperation and teamwork; improve productivity; and enhance innovation, quality of work, leadership and social skills, and job satisfaction. As a Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator, I am skilled at providing workplace mindfulness training that creates positive results.

Is mindfulness something I could use to help me deal with anxiety or depression? What about fear surrounding COVID-19, increasing violence, and the chaotic nature of our country and world right now?

Yes.  Anxiety is sometimes described as being in the future with your thoughts, and depression as being in the past with your thoughts.  Mindfulness practices focus attention and awareness on the present moment, where you can better handle difficult thinking.  By focusing on the here and now, mindfulness helps you to cope with fear by avoiding “worse-case scenario” mind traps.

Do I have to practice mindfulness all the time for it to work?

No, research has shown just practicing 10 minutes a day generates benefits to our bodies and brains.

What companies and organizations already use mindfulness?

Thousands of companies use mindfulness, including Nike, Stanford University, Google, Cisco, AstraZeneca, Duke University, Microsoft, Apple, Four Seasons, RE/MAX, American Dental Association, T. Rowe Price, and many others.

Are there government agencies that use mindfulness in training?

Yes.  For example, the Department of Defense has employed Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT) in the training of soldiers to “increase resilience to stress [and trauma] for those working in high-stress environments” and focuses on capacity for attention, mental agility, situational awareness, and emotional awareness.

Could my school use mindfulness to assist children in emotional regulation and learning?

Yes, mindfulness programs in schools have been shown to reduce behavioral problems and increase academic performance.

Should I do other things in addition to mindfulness to improve the quality of my life?

It’s all about balance of the mind, body, and spirit.  In addition to a mindfulness practice, adequate nutrition, ample sleep, exercise, preventative healthcare, and emotional support are key components to overall health.  Complementary practices to mindfulness can include therapy, nutrition guidance, pilates, yoga, walking, medical care, acupuncture, massage, martial arts, support groups, and many more.

What if I’m an experienced mindfulness practitioner?

Working with Kerrie can benefit you by having one-one-one support in your practice, guidance for specific issues, help with blocks in your practice, and more.

What if I need help with just specific issues?

We can customize any session or series of sessions for you on focused, specific issues, including fear, anxiety, depression, worry, overwhelm, distraction, anger, chronic pain, relationship issues, impatience, low energy, trauma, chronic stress, burnout, and more.

Could mindfulness help me with COVID fatigue?

Yes, COVID has been with us long enough now that there are published and peer-reviewed studies that show mindfulness helps in dealing with the emotions surrounding COVID and counteracts the negative impacts of chronic stress.

Is mindfulness like prayer?

While prayer can be a mindfulness practice in your life, prayer itself is a spiritual practice that involves deliberate communication with an object of worship.

Can mindfulness aid me in accepting things I don’t want to accept?

Yes, acceptance is a key component of mindfulness.  Through the act of looking at things the way they really are, we can begin to emulate the tenets of serenity: acceptance of what we cannot change; addressing what we can change; and the ability to see the difference.

Where did Kerrie get her qualifications to teach and guide mindfulness training?

Kerrie received a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in social work before attending law school and practicing in the private and public sectors for over 20 years. During therapy in the 2000’s, she discovered mindfulness and was hooked.  Over the next 12 years, she took certification courses and programs with Mindful Schools, Mindful Leader, the School of Positive Transformation, and the Whole Health Institute and received certificates from each institution.  She volunteer taught and guided mindfulness in her community for nearly a decade and is a seasoned facilitator.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

The benefits of mindfulness can include: Reduction of stress; Management of stress; Increased attention and capacity for listening; Promotion of well-being; Increased resilience; Growth; Clarity of mind; Stronger focus; Regulation of emotions; Less-distracted mind; Increased awareness; Increased productivity, performance, creativity, and problem-solving; Less reactive responses; More flexibility; Enhanced emotional intelligence; Increased compassion and kindness for self and others; Improved cognitive function; Decreased chronic pain; Reduction of heart risks; Eased depression and anxiety; Increased energy; Personal freedom; Better sleep; Increased patience; Improvement of physical health; and so much more!

Would mindfulness be beneficial for my workplace?

Yes, the benefits of mindfulness training in the workplace are vast.  Because of where we are in the world today with multiple ongoing crises, we have a fulcrum opportunity to reinvent the workplace to make it better, more effective, and more human. Research has shown that mindfulness in the workplace results in a positive impact on the bottom line; enhanced job satisfaction; improved quality of work and teamwork; increased morale and decreased absenteeism; lower medical costs; reduced turnover; and more.

Do my employees expect to be offered mindfulness training at work?

Before the pandemic, a little over 60% of Americans did not expect their employer to provide any mental health assistance on the job.  By 2021, that percentage had flipped: almost 65% of Americans now expect their employer to offer mental health assistance as a part of their employment.

My workplace is debating whether to do a mindfulness program or a diversity, equity, and inclusion program. Where should we start?

Mindfulness training can create a more conducive environment for a successful DEI program.  The attitudinal qualities of mindfulness are non-judgment, acceptance, patience, a beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, letting go, gratitude, and generosity.  Research reflects that mindfulness practice reduces unconscious bias.  Mindfulness practices help us to stay engaged through discomfort; to guard against shutting down when confronted with difficult situations; to regulate emotions in response to negative stimuli; to recognize the shared vulnerability in our common humanity, thereby increasing compassion; to accept the perceptions of others, even if we disagree; and to avoid self-judgment and judgment of others.  As one of my teachers likes to say, “A mindfulness background is essential in making a DEI program worth it”.

Does mindfulness work as well as medicine for anxiety?

Yes, new research published in late 2022 confirms that mindfulness is as effective as medication in the treatment of anxiety.

Is stress in the workplace improving as the pandemic begins to wane?

No, unfortunately. The Gallup State of the Workplace 2022 Report reflects workplace stress is at its highest level ever recorded.

KLauckwork Origin Story

As a member of what is often termed a moral profession, being an attorney carries with it the inherent possibility of “moral injury”, or the emotional strain that results when the right thing to do conflicts with what the situation permits, producing mental and emotional distress.  

After practicing for over 20 years, I was met with that  situation in 2021 — I couldn't do what needed to be done and keep both my job and my integrity.  

With resilience and purpose built by my mindfulness practice, I completed my current projects and contemplated my future. An ability to shift my perspective and see things in a different light has been a hallmark of my mindfulness practice, and I suddenly realized that my entire experience had led to this moment — it was time to take these incredible tools I’d learned to use to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in my life, my relationships, and my career and share it with others on a larger scale.  I used crisis as a catalyst for change and founded KLauckwork — A Mindful Solution to devote my time and my energy to this work full time.

My name is Kerrie Lauck, pronounced “Lock”. Some of my friends jokingly call me “clock” because my first initial and last name put together sound like that.  I've often reflected that mindfulness practices make me more balanced and run more efficiently, consistently, and clearly — like clockwork. Thus, the name “KLauckwork” was born.  

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