This introduction to mindfulness will elucidate the whys and wherefores behind resurgent the popularity of this “Once and Future” technology. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the “Father” of secular mindfulness, describes the practice as, “Learning how to focus attention on moment-by-moment experience with an attitude of curiosity, openness and non-judgment.” ABC News Anchor man (and author of 10% Happier), Dan Harris says it this way, “The ability know what is happening in your head, right now, without getting carried away by it!”
In this first exposure, I’ll de-mystify and normalize meditation, offering practical ways to integrate a consistent practice into one’s life; both at work and at home.
I will also go over the eye opening neuroscience behind hundreds of mindful-awareness studies, demonstrating its “broad-spectrum” effects against stress, depression and anxiety. Other findings, presented in the Keynote, demonstrate that a consistent meditation practice improves attention, boosts the immune system, reduces emotional reactivity and promotes a general sense of health and well-being.
Nick Stein is an award winning TV producer and show runner who has worked on countless hours of non-fiction television for myriad networks and production companies. His list of credits run the gamut from a Smithsonian series on the oil boom in North Dakota, to a National Geographic/Peter Gabriel World Music Special. He created ESPN’s Amazing Games and was the series producer of 40 episodes of Discovery Channel’s hit Monster Nation.
Stein was also ran the highest rated series in the history of the National Geographic Channel – Border Wars. Spanning 4-years and 56 hours, he and his crews gained unparalleled access to the hottest areas of the US/Mexican border, embedded with the operational units of Customs and Border Protection, ICE, DEA and the U.S. Coast Guard.
In that role he spent the better part of four years (56 episodes) deeply embedded with the tactical units of a various federal law enforcement agencies, including CBP, ICE, DEA and the US Coast Guard. Stein’s persistent reporting on the human suffering of “ illegal” immigrants, cartel drug runners, unaccompanied children, overburdened agents and officers, and others, left him depleted and burnt out.
Seeking relief while working in Montreal, Canada, Nick availed himself of a highly effective secular form of meditation – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – a science based contemplative system developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Grateful for his newfound equanimity, Nick brought his practice back to California, taking myriad courses at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) and going on silent retreats. After 2 years, he was accepted into MARC’s Intensive Practice Program (IPP), and later, intent on teaching, Nick gained entrance into the Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI), a nationally renowned secular mindfulness certification program.
Because of his work at the border, Nick has dedicated himself to finding ways introduce the techniques and ideas behind mindfulness to the men and women of Law Enforcement. Working with the mindful-policing pioneer, Lt. Richard Goerling, Nick has co-taught a series of ½ day seminars at regional security conferences around the country. Nick has also worked with inmates inside LA County’s Men’s Jail and is slated to work with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Chaplains in Georgia, as well as Border Patrol Agents in South Texas.