What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Kabat-Zinn.
Bringing mindfulness into your life is a gift you can give yourself! I applaud parents who are mindful to bring this gift to their children.
Mindful Meditation works soo wonderfully with kids because they are taught how to focus on their breath during the meditation! It is easy and fun! The benefits are amazing!
Bringing mindfulness into your life will allow you to see the beauty that is right in front of you and stop stressing over the past or worrying about the future. The moment right here and right now is what truly matters!
Research has shown that Mindful Meditation increases concentration, reduces stress, improves behavior, reduces anxiety, and enhances compassion.
Karen worked with kindergarten student who had severe sensory issues and ADD issues. She could not sit still or control her behavior. When Karen worked with her class, the student actually sat down and meditated! The teacher was amazed! It was the first time this young girl sat still. Our bodies want to be in a state of calm, it is the outside influence that distracts our body's natural response to be in that calm state. Karen continued to work with this student. This young girl learned soo much about how to self regulate her sensory issues. At one point, her eyelids were blinking uncontrollably. She learned, through her breathe, to calm her body down. Her blinking stopped.
Karen worked with a defiant fifth grade student. She suffered from anger issues. When Karen began to work with her, she was resistant. However, pretty quickly, she warmed up. After a meditation, this beautiful young soul cried. She experienced a release of emotions.
Karen worked with an autistic student who had zero interest in meditation. However, as she watched Karen meditate, she joined in. She uses her meditation techniques daily with her mom! Her mom states what a beautiful change she is experiencing with her child.
" It was a breath of fresh air to hear the importance of addressing something other than academics because it is what kids really need." ~ 3rd Grade Teacher NJ
" My son was constantly not wanting to go to school, after working with Karen, he now works on his breathe and feels more confident going to school." ~ Glen Rock mom
" What I liked about mindful meditation is it clears my mind and helps me think positive." ~ 8th Grade Student NJ
" What I like about mindful meditation is that if I am feeling sad or arguing with my siblings , I just can meditate because it takes away all my stress. I feel better about everything that has been happening that day ." ~ 4th Grade Student NJ
"Karen's workshop taught me so many techniques! I am more at peace and my students are so grateful that I teach them mindfulness everyday!" ~ Paramus School Teacher - Grade 5
"I had the best time at Karen's mindfulness workshop! She has the ability to connect to the audience while teaching some pretty cool ideas!" ~Teacher - Grade K
" My son is a completely different child after working with Karen and learning these mindfulness techniques!" ~ Ridgewood Mom
"Once I learned the mindfulness practices that Karen taught me, I will say my life just got better. I was able to appreciate the moments and most importantly the relationships in my life. I am truly grateful." ~ Jane, Glen Rock mom
"I am a better mom and wife after attending one of the mindfulness classes with be.here.now. "~ Theresa, Ridgewood NJ
"I love Karen's classes, I am able to see things more clearly and be present in the moment for my family. I am grateful for the studio." ~ Margie, Waldwick NJ
" My life has forever changed since attending Karen's Women Circle. I am more present for my family and most importantly for myself." ~ Megan
" After getting one Reiki session with Karen, I felt my chakras aligned. I was more focused and I felt like I let some deep rooted anger leave my body. I highly recommend Karen for Reiki.' ~ Betsy
"Karen is so skilled at Reiki. I love how I feel after a session. She is truly gifted. I have had Reiki with other people and it wasn't the same experience. I believe it is her intuition that allows for such a beautiful session." ~ Gail, Ridgewood NJ
Wanting to learn more about meditation and mindfulness, I signed up for the Monday night woman’s circle. I felt so comfortable from the moment I walked through the door. Karen is not only extremely knowledgeable, she is so kind and authentic that after the first time, I couldn’t wait to go back and learn more. Mindfulness and meditation has changed my life. I tried many time to do it on my own and with apps, but be.here.now. was the missing piece. Karen teaches by not only sharing information, but more importantly by sharing her everyday experiences of living mindfully. Her examples and stories enabled me to learn how to truly apply the content that I was learning, to my own life, and it was a piece that helped tremendously. This is not a place you will go to sit and just breathe for an hour. You will listen, laugh and learn…and walk out with a sense of relaxed peace-and a new way to experience life!! Give it a try, I’m sure it will change your life, as it did mine and so many others. ~ Fran C, google review
love everything about this place! The decor, the smell, the vibe and obviously the owner, Karen! She is a gorgeous woman who makes you feel welcomed and comfortable. I've been attending the Women's Circle since January where I experienced the most beautiful meditations ever. During the class we also share life experiences, we laugh and sometimes even cry... The meditations with Karen make me feel so calm and peaceful that I literally do not want to go home after the class is over!
I hope the studio grows and more people will be able to attend this beautiful experience!!! ~ Kamilia, google review
Be.Here.Now is a beautifully peaceful space. The moment you enter the center your senses are heightened but feel an instant sense of calm. The practice of mindfulness and meditation is presented perfectly. I came to my first class with a small group of friend and we all loved it! Mindful teachings were presented in a way we could take with us and apply to our daily lives. The classes, circles, and Reiki sessions leave you wanting to come back for more. Be.Here.Now is definitely a place to reset and find a sense of self and balance.~ Deena, google review
From the moment you step into the beautiful, Victorian house that be.here.now is located, you smell the calm and peace envelop your senses. This mindfulness/meditation studio located in Ridgewood, NJ has changed my focus on life and how I view the things around me. Karen, the owner, has a beautiful soul and an extremely inviting presence. Her women's circles on Monday evenings are unlike anything I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. She shares her life and experiences with us while teaching us meditation and life skills to make ourselves better. In studying mindfulness in the past 6+ months at be.here.now, my outlook on life has changed. I see things I never saw before and I appreciate things that just passed me by daily. If ever you were thinking of taking a mindfulness/meditation class, this is the place to be! Different classes are offered so there is something for everyone! You will not be disappointed. Namaste. ~ Gina, google review
Karen is a gentle soul that anyone would love to have or be around her energy!!!! She feeds my soul in every meditation class I’ve been too!!! And reiki is on another level!!! She’s beyond amazing and I am so grateful to have met her! If you haven’t try one of her classes you don’t know what your missing!!! Give it a try and I promise you’ll keep going back for more! ~ Rosa, google review
Please read the article about be.here.now published in 201 Health June 2022 below !