“The mind is the surface of the heart. The heart the depth of the mind.” Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi teacher
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.
To this end, we specialize in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combining mindfulness practices and cognitive therapy principles.
Why care about mindfulness?
Sometimes referred to as heartfulness, mindfulness is about living consciously and meeting the present moment without judgement, and becoming aware of mental habits that prevent us from living joyfully.
This quality of presence is more important than ever as life is increasingly uncertain and complex that it easily throws us off-balance.
As evidence, mental illness is on the rise notably depression, a silent epidemic and leading cause of disability, according to WHO. The UN has also included mental health care in its Sustainable Development Goals (#3.4).
Studies have shown the efficacy of mindfulness in dealing with a range of mental health conditions, and in boosting wellbeing, productivity and work satisfaction. Elite universities like Harvard, MIT and Stanford, and companies such as Microsoft, SAP, Google, Linkedin and Aetna are invested in mindfulness programs.
And 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. Emerging evidence shows that practising mindfulness over time boosts neuroplasticity and delays cognitive impairment such as dementia.
How did MBCT come about?
Developed by three professors, Zindel Segal (Toronto), Mark Williams (now Oxford) and John Teasdale (Cambridge) in the 90s to treat depression, MBCT is adapted from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) introduced since the 70s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. Kabat-Zinn pioneered secular mindfulness in healthcare.
While MBSR is used to deal with chronic pain, MBCT is focused on the mind combining cognitive therapy principles to understand the link between thoughts and feelings, and to see that thoughts are merely mental events.
Why choose MBCT?
MBCT is secular, backed by evidence, approved by the National Health Service (NHS) in England as treatment, and potentially complements treatment of conditions like addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder.
Mental health conditions often have a similar root cause to what holds anyone back from meeting their potential. This cause is aversion—the strong need to avoid unpleasantness or for things to be in a particular way even if it is not helpful. In MBCT, we acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to recognize and let go of aversion. This is useful for anyone looking to become truly outstanding leaders and professionals.
Life begins and ends with the mind. Join me on this journey of self-care and mindful growth.
Be well and see you!
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!” Past Participant
“It’s the willingness or ability to show up in our lives and live them as if they really mattered, in the only moment we get, which is this one.” Mark Williams, University of Oxford, MBCT Co-Founder