Hi! My name is Wendy Barron.
I am a Mom
Of a middle school-aged daughter and son. They are amazing, unique and opposites in just about every way. So, I am continually learning from them and how to parent them. Part of the journey we will share.
I am a Teacher
Of wonderfully diverse Community College students. Their insight and reflection help me with the growth of my own practice.
I am a lover of nature
Where I find peace, balance and inspiration.
While my “I am” list goes on and on like everyone else, I start this blog sharing stories around these cherished parts of my life. As the blog and sharing of the community expands, it will be fascinating to see what “I Am’s” emerge and evolve out of our dialogue.
My journey into mindfulness practice began over 25 years ago when I took a t’ai chi class in grad school. I bold the word practice because it has been 25 years of on-and-off practice that has grounded me through many ups and downs. I am 25 years of getting on and off the mindfulness train: learning, stumbling, and growing along the way. The last 4 years have finally been consistent for me, but not without my own struggles.
I created this blog for many reasons and I will highlight three:
To share my experience and knowledge to help others,
To connect like-minded solace seekers, and
To support my own commitment to my own practice.
While I am not an “expert” in mindfulness, I do have experience and certifications that I believe can help others through anxious times, especially in light of recent events in school and community shootings. As a mom, teacher, and community member, I have felt the fear, the anxiety and using mindfulness and other related practices have been instrumental to “get me through.” If I can help just one mom, child, student, person, etc., then taking time to do this blog is worth it to me.
Below you will find an informal professional bio of experience.
I am Professor of Communication at a community college. I have been teaching for 15 years and personally practicing forms of mindfulness for nearly 25 years.
Since 2012, I have been introducing and sharing mindfulness techniques with my students. I have not been teaching it formally as a skill, rather sharing life experiences and tools from my personal toolbox to help them with focus on course content, test anxiety, etc.
In 2015, I started to formalize my practice and training. I earned Continuing Education (CE) credits during a three-day retreat at Kripalu entitled “True Refuge” with Tara Brach. I completed the seven-week “Power of Awareness” course with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, earning another 19 CE credits and an eight-week MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) course. I am also a certified to teach the .b curriculum for children 11-18 years old and also approved to teach traditional-aged students at the community college.
For more about this amazing program for students, you can check out: https://mindfulnessinschools.org
I present workshops to faculty in both the College and K-12 environments as well as community workshops for family and cancer support groups.
In addition to my work in the classroom, I am more dedicated to my own practice. I am so lucky to have three very supportive meditation groups in my life. And, I do my best to practice daily with my kids (this practice can take many forms.) I can only hope some of it is rubbing off to better prepare them with life. Most recently in my journey, I completed another MBSR course (mindfulness-based stress reduction), a 3-day silent retreat and attended the 2018 Mindfulness in Education conference.
Won’t you join me on the journey!!
“The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.” – (See more at: http://www.dragonfly-site.com/meaning/symbolize.html#sthash.NFGpDq8U.dpuf)