The mind is the surface of the heart
The heart the depth of the mind.
– Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi teacher
Hello, and welcome to Kindermind Center (kaɪnder-maɪnd)!
A mission-driven organization, Kindermind aims to transform minds, reduce suffering, and promote compassion and peace. This is accomplished through offering accessible, evidence-based mindfulness training rooted in rigorous standards of teaching, and contribution to research and contemplative dialogue.
We are inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3 to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages. Under that is Target #3.4 to reduce by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and wellbeing by 2030.
What is mindfulness?
Sometimes referred to as heartfulness, mindfulness is about living consciously and meeting the present moment with kindness and non-judgement. We lean in and cultivate awareness of our default mental habits to respond wisely instead of reacting expediently and habitually. We remain in the here and now without needing to be in any special place or particular state of mind.
The world however has become so fast-paced that it is often difficult to be in the moment and problems can easily throw us off-balance especially during this pandemic. Our minds left unchecked, we ruminate, we judge, we strive hard yet gain little satisfaction……we are not feelings ourselves. Our relationships also suffer.
Not surprisingly, mental health illnesses are on the rise notably depression, a silent epidemic and leading cause of disability (WHO). It hits anyone, anytime.
And so, even while we feel that we are managing well, it is essential that we care for our minds. It is like why we exercise to stay fit or visit a hairdresser.
Our intention is to empower clients with lifelong skills to surface their best, to discover mindfulness instead of spiralling, and to flourish instead of just “getting by”.
This means learning new ways of “being” (or quality of presence) to respond skilfully to the vagaries of life that lead to stress, burnout, anxiety, depression and health issues. At Kindermind, our work is anchored on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) that combines mindfulness practices and cognitive therapy principles.
Developed by three professors, Zindel Segal (Toronto), Mark Williams (now Oxford) and John Teasdale (Cambridge), in the 1990s to treat depression, MBCT is adapted from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts.
MBCT is secular (non-faith based), backed by evidence, approved by the National Health Service (NHS) in England as a primary care treatment, and potentially complements treatment of other conditions like addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder.
Today MBCT is also taught in workplaces as people seek clarity and break unhelpful mental habits to become outstanding leaders and professionals.
Every year, exponentially more studies show the efficacy of mindfulness in improving wellbeing and boosting productivity and work satisfaction. Emerging evidence shows that practising mindfulness over time boosts neuroplasticity and delays cognitive impairment such as dementia.
Recognizing the benefits of mindfulness, top universities like MIT, Brown and Stanford, and companies such as Microsoft, SAP, Google, Linkedin and Aetna offer in-house mindfulness meditation programs.
The mind is the most valuable thing we possess. Join me on this journey of mindful care.
See you, Noelle Lim, Founder & Mindfulness Teacher
“Attending MBCT was an amazing experience! It really helped me to become more mindful and live my life fully in the present. Noelle is an excellent instructor who showed genuine concern with regards to the welfare and wellbeing of each member of our group. She’s patient, compassionate and understanding, and she did a great job managing the various personalities in our group so we could all be aligned and bond as a tribe. I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to improve their mental health, and I would recommend Noelle to be your guide on your mindfulness journey!” Past Participant
“It is the willingness or ability to show up fully in our lives and live them as if they really mattered, in the only moment we ever get, which is this one.” Mark Williams, University of Oxford, MBCT Co-Founder