Mindfulness & Wellness Coaching

Sue Doherty, M.A., is an anthropologist, author, and certified mindfulness teacher (University of California, Berkeley Greater Good Science Center); and a member of The International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Mindfulness helps us cope through troubling times and to find and cherish peaceful mind states. Sue is available for mindfulness & wellness coaching on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis in person or remotely by phone, WhatsApp, email, Skype, or Zoom upon request. Email storiesmatter@yahoo.com Read more

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Guided Mindfulness Meditations

Doing a meditative body scan (practice 1) and practicing awareness of your breathing (practice 2) are ways of being with your body and with yourself in the present moment. They are excellent ways to relieve tension and stress. I invite you to bring awareness to your breath or every part of your body, to know it, learn from it, and manage whatever arises. Also, for those experiencing physical pain (or emotional pain that causes tension in your body), practice 3, a guided meditation on pain is helpful.

Guided Mindfulness Body Scan Meditation

Guided Mindfulness Meditation on Breathing

Guided Mindfulness Meditation for Pain

Dr. Thynn’s Oral History & Mindfulness in Daily Life Q & A

This oral history of Dr. Thynn, conducted in August 2017, is a follow-up to our meeting at the end 2014, which appears at the end of this update and Q & A.  Dr. Thynn moved back, after a two year hiatus in Santa Rosa, to the Sae Taw Win II Dhamma Center in 2014, which she established in 1998. It was, in her words: “the best thing I did for myself”. In this continuing oral history, she explains her decision, the period since her return, current happenings at the center, and answers questions about mindfulness practice in daily life.

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Caregiving a Baby–an Anthropologist’s & Grandparent’s Perspective

In September of 2016, I ecstatically added to the burgeoning class of baby-boomers becoming grandparents. There are 70 million Americans a year joining the ranks. Caregiving my granddaughter during the workweek is a bit of heaven, and much comfort to her parents. It’s also longevity enhancing for me: the Berlin Aging Study found that grandparents who provided non-custodial childcare died at a rate 37% lower than for grandparents who did not provide childcare, and even non-grandparents benefited if they did caregiving .

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