exploring mindfulness, together

Have you ever wondered about mindfulness and meditation, and then just tossed that thought aside because you knew there was no way you could "clear your mind?"

Mindfulness isn't about "clearing your mind," but it's about developing an awareness of those thoughts and calming your mind in the process. It's about learning to focus on the now, and leaving the past and future to the side while you focus on living a contemplative life filled with intention, curiosity, compassion, equanimity, and gratitude. 


The Koru Mindfulness program, where I was trained, is an evidence-based mindfulness program developed over ten years ago at Duke University by psychiatrists Holly Rogers, MD & Margaret Maytan, MD  to "bring the benefits of mindfulness to the college students they worked with" at the student counseling center. You can read more about their research and the Koru Mindfulness program on their website here.  

"this is your life. don't miss it."

— holly rogers, md

        founder of koru mindfulness 

“we don’t meditate to get better at meditating;

 we meditate to get better at life.”

                                                        — sharon salzburg

a little about me

Hi there future mindful meditators!

I've been a teacher for a long time — over thirty years. I've taught everything from preschool through college, with my last fifteen years of teaching as an English and Writing professor at Houston Community College. For the last few years, I've been working as an educational consultant, helping kids on the college admissions journey. I only recently discovered meditation and mindfulness about three years ago. I, like many of you, spent far too many years looking at meditation with curiosity, but also with a little skepticism. I was eventually pulled into mindfulness through work with these stressed-to-the-max teens and their parents and some circuitous circumstances (you know... life stuff). I discovered an immediate connection with the ideas behind the philosophies of meditation and mindfulness when I took an MBSR class (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and I continue to attend a bi-weekly meditation group class with my MBSR teacher, where I've found that my practice grows deeper within the group setting. 


My road to consistent meditation has taken a little longer and honestly, continues to be a work in progress at times. I sometimes struggle with sitting even though I know and experience the benefits, but I continue to work on it because I recognize how much I've personally gained from my practice in terms of handling little and big stressors in my life. I also recognize that I've gained a greater appreciation of the world around me -- especially the tiny stuff. In my efforts to deepen my personal practice and learn ways to further help my anxiety-ridden families through the college admissions journey, I discovered Koru Mindfulness, and I applied for and was thrilled to be accepted into their teacher training program. In 2018, I attended Koru Mindfulness teacher training in Northern California and let me just say --- I learned a lot.  I completed my teacher training in Fall 2019, andI'm excited to share what I've learned with my future students, and  I can't wait to see you in a Finding Stillness class!

Carolyn Caplan

"being human takes practice."

                                     -jeff warren