What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of raising our level of awareness.  With greater awareness, we have the ability to not only live richer, fuller lives, but also to greatly reduce our stress.

The modern day way of living is to fill our lives with distractions, running from one task to the next, with no end in sight.  We keep ourselves so engaged in the doing, we have little to no time to actually become acquainted with one of the more important aspects of our being – our own mind.

Mindfulness meditation is the practice that can interrupt the flow of mindless behavior and reactivity and bring us closer to a life lived with ease and peace, no matter our external circumstances.

Mindfulness meditation is evidence based and all of our classes at The Mindful Center are non-religious.

What is The Mindful Center?

Founded in 1991 by Jim DuVal, The Mindful Center is a private business with teachers in Albuquerque (Michelle DuVal) Santa Fe (Kate Reynolds) and Knoxville, TN (Claudio Barrientos).

Since its inception, The Mindful Center has devoted itself to teaching mindfulness meditation for health, healing, and stress reduction with an approach that is non-religious and evidence-based.

Our model is to partner with the finest medical institutions and community organizations that are serving the public with a commitment to the highest standards for health, healing and well-being.  Currently, The Mindful Center is partners with The University of New Mexico Center for Life, The New Mexico Heart Institute, The Presbyterian Healthplex, Evolutions Family Counseling, Christus St. Vincent, and Provision Health & Performance.

The Mindful Center also works directly with various corporations and organizations that are seeking to promote a culture of wellness through mindfulness for their employees and management through our Mindfulness Based Workplace Workshops.

Some of our clients include:

  • Tricore Reference Laboratories
  • Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Department of Energy
  • Presbyterian Healthplan Services
  • Yearout Mechanical
  • Bohannan Huston
  • Flying Star Cafe
  • All Faiths Receiving Home
  • Cottonwood School
  • American Lung Association
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • National Association of Social Worker
  • Bosque School
  • University of New Mexico Hospital Dept. of Neonatalogy

What should I expect if I attend one of your programs?

Since its inception in 1991, The Mindful Center has offered a non-religious and evidence-based approach to Mindfulness Meditation. This means that all of our programs are rooted in the latest scientific research emerging on the mind, body, and brain and are presented in logical and cohesive formats.

Generally, all of our programs include lecture, visual and audio presentations, interactive workshops, and guided meditations in a comfortable classroom environment.

All of our teachers are highly trained in creating open and engaging atmospheres tailored toward the needs of the students.  We encourage questions and discussions, but also make sure we create the time to practice a formal meditation in every class we offer.


I’ve never meditated before…are your programs for me?

Unless specified in the course description, all of our programs require no formal knowledge or experience of meditation. Our programs are designed to be practical and easy to integrate into people’s daily lives, no matter who you are or where you are coming from.

I’ve had an on again, off again meditation practice, so I’m not quite a beginner…will I be bored in your classes?

Rare is the person that has nothing left to learn about meditation or their own mind.  Over the many years of teaching these programs, we have found that newcomers and more experienced practitioners alike receive terrific benefit from the programs.  All of our teachers have a depth of knowledge about meditation so that based on the needs of the students in a particular class, the curriculum can truly expand and morph in a myriad of directions.  In fact, many TMC students even take the 8 week MBSR program more than once…and the response has been that they learned even more the second or third time through.

Still have questions?

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