Welcome to Dr. Ochester’s mindfulness website. Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT 200 is a psychologist, certified Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy teacher, and yoga teacher who provides mindfulness education in the Kansas City metro. She is the Heart-Mind Coordinator for the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness, a nonsectarian community of mindfulness professionals and practitioners. Through this site you can access mindfulness research and other resources, read Dr. Ochester’s musings on mindfulness related topics, and learn more about her classes, workshops, and retreats.
Mindfulness is a psychological state of non-judgmental awareness of moment by moment experience. Research is showing that mindfulness can reduce stress, rumination, and emotional reactivity while improving concentration, working memory, and increasing kindness and compassion. Some other possible benefits of mindfulness include increases in:
- self-awareness and insight
- flexibility of thinking
- processing speed
- relationship and life satisfaction
- general mental well-being
This state of mind is conspicuously lacking in the lives of most modern Americans, perhaps contributing to the many mental and physical health consequences we suffer from. Fortunately, mindfulness can be cultivated through adopting certain attitudes and practices. Through her classes, workshops and retreats, Dr. Ochester can assist you in your journey toward greater mindfulness in your daily life. Visit her calendar to view her upcoming offerings.
Does the training of your mindfulness professional matter?
Studies suggest that higher levels of Mindfulness Based Intervention teacher training may be linked to better wellbeing outcomes, lower perceived stress, and greater service satisfaction.
Dr. Ochester’s mission is to assist people in the realization and actualization of innate potential through rediscovering our natural ability to live life fully, with presence, compassion and wisdom.
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Elevate your experience and remain wide open like the sky.
Expand your mindfulness and remain pervasive like the earth.
Steady your attention and remain unshakable like a mountain.
Brighten your awareness and remain shining like a flame.
Clear your thoughtfree wakefulness and remain lucid like a crystal.
– Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, Clarifying the Natural State