Welcome to Kindermind Center (kaɪnder-maɪnd)!
A social purpose organization, Kindermind aims to transform minds, promote compassion and resilience, and reduce suffering. 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 difficulties—stress, burnout, low moods, depression, anxiety, and addiction.
While MBCT was originally designed for people with depression, it is also suitable for a general population who is seeking to cultivate calmness, resilience and focus.
What does it mean to practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about intentionally waking up from autopilot mode and paying attention and meeting the present moment with equanimity and kindness. Being present and aware helps us stay focused and calm. On the other hand, living on autopilot leads us down the path of suffering such as the feeling of emptiness and lack of joy.
Why practice mindfulness? Who practices this?
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 (World Health Organization).
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 practices are adapted from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
MBCT adds 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 secular (non-faith based).
MBCT is backed by evidence, and 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 for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) also recommends MBCT.
MBCT teachers go through rigorous and supervised training and are obliged to observe best practice guidelines.
Why is MBCT also suitable for a non-clinical population?
The underlying cause of mental health conditions is similar to what holds people back. It is aversion or the need to push away unpleasant feelings, and reactions such as ruminating and suppressing. These impulses to act or not act may provide immediate relief but often, we merely postpone problems. MBCT helps us recognize our automatic tendencies, and helps us respond differently to flourish.
Life begins and ends with the mind. Join me on this journey of mindful growth.
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