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.
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