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 mental wellbeing.
What does it mean to practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about coming into the “being” mode ie to feel alive, to consciously exist, to experience fully the moment what Thoreau calls “the bloom of the present” instead of being trapped in the cycle of “driven-doing”—needlessly thinking, judging, doing and striving.
Specifically mindfulness is about intentionally waking up from autopilot mode and paying attention with our whole being and meeting the present moment with equanimity. Being present and non-judgemental helps us stay focused and keep an open mind, which increases our capacity to lean in, to be calm, compassionate, resilient and wise. On the other hand, living on autopilot leads us down the path of mind wandering and suffering such as feeling empty and dissatisfied even if life is fine.
Why practice mindfulness? Who are invested in mindfulness?
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. This is because mindfulness activates various parts of the brain, boosts neuroplasticity, and reduces the size of the amygdala (“reaction” center).
Emerging evidence also suggests that mindfulness could delay cognitive impairment such as dementia.
Universities like Harvard, Brown and Stanford, and companies such as Google, 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 how cognition (thoughts, mind patterns), emotions, and somatic (body) reactions compel us to act in a certain way, and to see that these inner experiences are merely physiological events. We can therefore choose our response instead of rising to the bait of our mind and body reactions.
Why choose MBCT?
MBCT is secular (non-faith based) and the overall intention is to align the mind and body for wellbeing.
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 attachment and aversion, leading to reactions such as grasping, ruminating and avoiding. These impulses to act or not act may provide immediate relief but are often maladaptive. We merely postpone problems. MBCT helps us see our automatic tendencies, and helps us respond in new ways 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
“I would definitely want to attend more training on the topic of mindfulness conducted by Noelle.” Participant