About Mindful Presence –
What We Do
We cause physical changes in distracted, overworked brains to create a mind that is alert, self-aware, and fully present with what is happening throughout each day.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is open awareness with no agenda. Scientific Research suggests that negative effects of stress on the body reduce our immune system and overall health. With consistent mindfulness meditation practice, physical changes in the brain change how we respond to stress creating healthier ways of being with ourselves and others.
About the Founder
Hi! I’m Christine O’Shaughnessy, founder or Mindful Presence. I founded Mindful Presence in 2004 to reduce stress and help individuals thrive in emotional intelligence, leadership, and creativity.
Knowing the effects that stress can play in people’s health has focused my interest in incorporating mindfulness meditation into daily life as an integral tool for stress management, relaxation training, addiction, anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain and long-term illnesses. I have practiced Insight Meditation and yoga for almost 20 years, taught for 14 years, and am RYT200 certified.
I utilize the depth and knowledge from my previous career as a corporate executive into my mindfulness trainings to guide individuals to become more mindful leaders in the workplace. I have worked as the Managing Director of a search and consulting firm; the Director of Sales for a software company; and as a Vice President and Senior Credit Analyst at Loomis, Sayles & Co., an investment management firm in Boston. I hold a BA in Finance and an MBA from Babson College.
In my formal training, I have completed intensive training programs and attended silent retreats at Insight Meditation Center, Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and BCBS. I provide Yin Yoga Intensive Teacher Training programs and am also the co-creator of Harvard Pilgrim’s online instructional yoga videos and Present app available on iTunes.
Along with providing mindfulness training through Mindful Presence, I am also an Executive Coach for Landit and a Mindfulness Instructor for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care offering mindfulness courses and yoga to a diverse clientele including Admiral Metals, Google, Harvard University, MIT, Mitre, Papa Gino’s, South Shore Hospital, South Shore VNA, Sun Life, Tufts University, and Scituate Public Schools.
What Our Clients Say
Learning about mindfulness from Christine has had a profound and positive impact on my mental health and coping abilities. She is excellent at what she does and has given me the ability to handle the emotional ups and downs — especially the downs — of life in a much better way.
Christine embodies the essence of Teacher. Not only is she patient, kind and understanding, but she allows each person to proceed at their own speed, and without judgement. Not only does this allow participants the flexibility to make this work, but it frees us up to know that whenever we are ready to practice, Christine will be there to welcome us.
Mindfulness meditation has improved my mindset in both my personal and professional life. Whether I am meditating for 5 minutes or 45 minutes, I feel more calm and refreshed to continue through the day.
I have had the pleasure to work with Christine to coordinate mindfulness-related programming for Scituate Public Schools’ teachers in recent years. She has skillfully facilitated several, multi-week, professional development workshop programs for faculty and staff as well as single session opportunities which have positively impacted the well-being of over 100 SPS faculty members. Feedback from colleagues has been overwhelmingly positive and peers have indicated that mindfulness programming with Christine has made them more aware of their own wellness and that of their students. Christine is a talented professional that approaches her craft as an instructor with authenticity and sincerity.
I have had the pleasure of working with Christine for the past 2 ½ years, implementing a mindfulness at work program. She has just the right “touch” with our employees, including several of our senior level executives. The mindfulness programs have proven to be a huge success, resulting in 2 onsite retreats as well as employees requesting more sessions. While this was not something I had ever done before meeting Christine, I have benefited from her teachings more than I could have imagined (yes, I was a very big skeptic). I use the methods she has taught in her sessions with us each day – hearing her voice in my head daily as I “take that pause” before I react. The benefits from her teachings carry into both my personal and professional life, and I am truly grateful for all she has taught me. I look forward to working with her as we continue our path with mindfulness programs at work.
I start my day off with a 20—30 minute meditation. It sets my day off on the right foot. With Christine’s guidance I’ve learned to clear my mind, breathe deeply and let go. Through Christine’s calm and steady voice I don’t judge my mediation as good or bad. I don’t try to shut off my brain. I just start again. I am more relaxed and my stomach isn’t in a constant state of stress. I can sleep again. I’m a much better person and living a better life because of Christine’s teachings and meditation. Christine is so wonderful. She creates a safe place to talk and explore and she is always available for additional guidance.