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The Mindful Center’s Founder

The Mindful Center was created by Michelle’s father, Jim DuVal, in 1991, after the stress of his job landed him in the emergency room with debilitating stomach pain. When modern medicine couldn’t help…he began to meditate. As his symptoms slowly disappeared, he devoted his life to meditation and became an intern at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center with Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn in his 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs. On returning to New Mexico, Jim founded The Mindful Center (formerly The Mariah Institute) and began teaching meditation full time. He retired from teaching in 2007, but continues to act as consultant.

The Mindful Center

Everything we teach at The Mindful Center has been refined over 25 years of meticulous practice, heartfelt effort, and the ever-giving lessons of meditation-in-action from the tens of thousands of Mindful Center students. Evidence of this comes from Sandia Labs in particular, where our programs are one the highest rated programs in the history of Labs.

“Michelle is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of being in class with, and her classes completely changed my life.  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction should be mandatory training for quite frankly…Everyone.”  Mindful Center Student, 2017

“I literally don’t know where I’d be right now – physically, emotionally, mentally – without your classes.  I learned a completely different way of relating to life, and I just feel better.  Happier.  I can’t thank you enough for sharing your gentle and compassionate teachings with me.”  Mindful Center Student, 2016

“Gave me hope.” Mindful Center Student, 2018

 

 

STRESS
REDUCTION
Settling the Mind on the Breath Meditation

Breathing can be an immediate tool for calming the central nervous system. This short meditation can be done anytime, anywhere you want to take things down a notch and ease your stress.

I hope so much it helps,

Michelle
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SLEEP ISSUES
Body Scan for Relaxation

The next best thing to sleep is rest. If you can use this meditation to help you move into a state of rest, you are at least now moving in a good direction. So don't be discouraged if it doesn't put you right to sleep. Use it to put you to rest, and then see what happens.

I hope so much this helps,

Michelle
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WORKPLACE
STRESS
Focusing the Mind Meditation

If you Google what the top ten most successful people do on a daily basis, more than half say they meditate.

When our mind gets scattered, it's hard to be efficient and effective. Try this short practice to interrupt any overwhelm and refocus the mind.

Hope it helps!

Michelle
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BODY SCAN

One of the most important practices
toward developing mindfulness, this
meditation increases our ability to
use the mind to relax the body.
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