Minding Emotions

Exploring and Cultivating Mental Wellbeing

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This Program integrates the wisdom of the traditions of western psychology and eastern contemplative practices with intention of providing secular practices that can help anyone achieve greater emotional balance

Cultivating Mental Wellbeing

A calm Mind is important to allow our intelligence to work well… It also brings happiness… So, how can we develop a calm mind? The destroyers of a calm mind are fear, suspicion, hatred, anger and greed. Too much ambition also destroys a calm mind. So we must work on reducing these calm mind destroyers.”

HH. The XIV Dalai Lama.

MINDING EMOTIONS is a CEB (Cultivating Emotional Balance) based educational training program. Learning how to meaningfully attend to emotional experiences of oneself and others leads to constructive interpersonal comunication. The Program will develop universal values, a healthier society, more responsible and compassionate.

The Cultivating Emotional Balance Training emerged from the Destructive Emotions dialogue between behavioral scientists and the Dalai Lama, Buddhist monks, and scholars at the Mind and Life Institute in Dharamsala, India, in March of 2000. At the culmination of this meeting the Dalai Lama requested that the important ideas raised in these sessions, specifically how to manage the everyday obstacles of our destructive emotions, be turned into an accessible secular training.

The task of creating this training was taken on by renowned Psychologist Paul Ekman, and accomplished Buddhist scholar, teacher and writer, B.Alan Wallace. The CEB training demonstrated great benefits through rigorous research at the University of California San Francisco.

Patricia Trautman


Patricia Trautman

Attention-focused meditations (Shamatha practices) and the practices of loving kindness, empathetic joy, compassion and equanimity.


Copy Right 2016 Paul Ekman (text) Disney-Pixar(photos). All Rights Reserved.

A CEB (Cultivating Emotional Balance) based program focused on five universal emotions.

Five week programs. Each week we will focus on each of this five universal emotions. Anger, Fear, Sadness, disgust and Joy.

We will learn the what goes on inside our brain, mindfulness practice and workbooks.


Toxic Stress impairs attention, emotion and mood regulation, sleep and readiness daily in classrooms. Prolonged exposure to childhood toxic stress has lifelong impacts on mental and physical health.

We will work with mindfulness tools and with scientific evidence that helps us to recognise and to regulate the world of emotions. A balanced mind will develop attention, clarity and self-control.

8 week programs, where we befriend seven universal emotions. Based on Paul Ekman’s life research, Emotions Revealed

Paul Ekman Group, LLC

Paul Ekman Group - training tools to teach you to read the emotions of those around you, based off of 40 years of scientific research.

Mindfulness in School educator

TeenYoga and Mindfulness educator


The MBSR-T program is meant to be a program to use with adolescents vs. the traditional MBSR program for adults. This program can be adapted from the group format to accommodate other settings (e.g., schools, individual/family therapy) and for a variety of populations (e.g., clinical and non-clinical).

Stressed Teens teaches mindfulness skills and provides tools for those in their pre-teen years through latter adolescence.

Stressed Teens takes a mind-body approach and focuses on the whole person. Teens often have difficulty with their social skills, emotions, confidence, procrastination, impulsivity and attention. Stressed Teens can improve a teen’s functioning and quality of living socially, physically and psychologically.


Your Body is a bridge to your baby!

Practical tools for staying sane during pregnancy and your child’s first year.

8 week programs

Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Motherhood can be both. Particularly challenging and incredibly rewarding. Mindful Motherhood is a set of skills that can help prepare you to meet these challenges in ways you can apply it in everyday life.

Mindful Motherhood is Not another goal. It is an approach to life!

Mindfulness for Women


Mornings drop in mindfulness class.

I am a mother of three teenagers. I have been practicing meditation for over 20 years. Motherhood has allowed me to recognise the importance for cultivating emotional balance at a young age. My academic background in Psychology, Fine Arts and Art History has given me an insight into the human condition. I am an Artist, Yoga, TeenYoga and Mindfulness teacher. I am a certified CEB Cultivating Emotional Balance teacher, a Breathworks accredited Mindfulness teacher for MfH Mindfulness for Health and Stress and a trained MSC Mindfulness Self Compassion teacher. I had the honour to have trained with Eve Ekman and Alan Wallace for the CEB program, Dr Chris Irons for the Foundations of Compassion Focused Therapy and with Dr. Christopher Germer one of the founders of the MSC Mindfulness Self Compassion program. I have a particular interest in taking emotional balance to Teens, Children and their entire ecosystem (parents and teachers). This has taken me to train as an MBSR-T Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens teacher and Mindfulness for Schools Educator. I practice mindfulness and adhere to the mindfulness teacher good practice guidelines. I teach to both individuals and groups. When I am not teaching, I am hanging out with my family, meditating, practicing yoga, laughing at something with my partner or friends or maybe even dancing. I am inspired by quotes and poems. I think all people have something to teach me and I love to ask questions and listen.

Next Mindfulness Sel-Compassion program starts in January 2019. Contact me for further details.

Keep In Mind: Teens mindfulness and yoga

Millions of people around the world practise the ancient discipline of Yoga. Yoga is a great way to relieve stress and get some exercise. Many teens will have heard of yoga because it has a strong following among celebrities such as Harry Styles, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Hestia (hestia.org) and Ashford Place (ashfordplace.org.uk) are pleased to invite you to one of the most exciting events of the year. Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 runs May 14th-20th. On Friday May 18th starting at 11.00am we will be raising the roof of The Grand Hall - Brent Civic Centre to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.