Welcome to Kindermind Center (kaɪnder-maɪnd)!
A social purpose organization, Kindermind aims to transform minds, reduce suffering, and promote compassion and resilience. This is accomplished through accessible, evidence-based mindfulness training rooted in rigorous standards of teaching, and contribution to research and contemplative dialogue.
We specialize in teaching Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) that integrates mindfulness practices and cognitive therapy principles as a skilful response to life difficulties, stress, burnout, low moods, depression, and anxiety.
What is mindfulness?
Sometimes referred to as heartfulness, mindfulness is about intentionally paying attention and meeting the present moment with equanimity. Being present and aware helps us stay focused and calm.
Why is mindfulness important?
Life is increasingly uncertain and complex—it easily throws us off-balance, making us vulnerable to symptoms like depression, now a leading cause of illness, according to WHO.
Studies show the efficacy of mindfulness in dealing with a range of conditions such as depression and anxiety, and in boosting productivity and work satisfaction.
Emerging evidence also shows that practicing mindfulness over time boosts neuroplasticity and delays cognitive impairment such as dementia.
Elite universities like Harvard and Stanford, and companies such as Microsoft, SAP and Aetna are invested in mindfulness programs.
What’s the history of MBCT?
MBCT was developed by three professors, Zindel Segal (Toronto), Mark Williams (now Oxford) and John Teasdale (Cambridge) in the 90s to reduce depression relapses.
MBCT is adapted from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) introduced in hospitals since the 70s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Adding to mindfulness practices, MBCT includes cognitive therapy principles to appreciate the link between thoughts and feelings, and to see that thoughts (judgements) are merely mental events.
Why choose MBCT?
MBCT is a comprehensive mindfulness course to cultivate attention to steady the mind, and to recognize and let go of reactivity (aversion), and to self care.
MBCT is secular, backed by evidence, approved by the National Health Service (NHS) in England as primary care treatment for depression, and potentially complements treatment of conditions like addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder. The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) also recommends MBCT.
Is MBCT for everyone or only for a clinical population?
While MBCT was originally designed for people with depression, its curriculum is suitable for anyone seeking to live up to their potential. What generally holds people back is also the underlying reason for mental health conditions like stress and depression. The root cause is aversion and its reactions—the strong need to avoid unpleasantness or for things to be in a particular way even if it is not rational nor helpful.
Life begins and ends with the mind. Join me on this journey of self-care and mindful growth.
See you and be well!
Noelle Lim, Founder & Mindfulness Teacher
“Attending MBCT was an amazing experience! It helped me become more mindful and live my life fully in the present. Noelle is an excellent instructor who showed genuine concern 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!” Participant