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).
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.
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.
Mindfulness doesn’t change what happens to you but allows you to change your relationship to what happens to you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, mindfulness is not religious nor is it the practice of a religion, though most religious traditions have a meditative component within them.
All meditation is mindfulness but not all mindfulness is meditation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, payment is due at booking, and payment plans are available. If you aren't satisfied, we will refund your payment.
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.
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.
No, research has shown just practicing 10 minutes a day generates benefits to our bodies and brains.
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.
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.
Yes, mindfulness programs in schools have been shown to reduce behavioral problems and increase academic performance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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”.
Yes, new research published in late 2022 confirms that mindfulness is as effective as medication in the treatment of anxiety.
No, unfortunately. The Gallup State of the Workplace 2022 Report reflects workplace stress is at its highest level ever recorded.
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 just that type of 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 the entire experience had led to this moment — it was time to take this incredible tool 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. Mindfulness practice makes me more balanced and run more efficiently, consistently, and clearly, like clockwork. Thus, the name “KLauckwork” was born.