“We shall not cease from exploration,
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.”
T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding
Welcome to the mindfulness training practice of Nina La Rosa, meditation teacher and clinical mental health counselor.
Mindfulness is a powerful, present-moment awareness that illuminates our experience of self and world. Like any skill, each of us has a baseline level of mindfulness that can be developed through intentional training.
Developing mindfulness enhances the ability to more clearly experience thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, perceptions of the external world, and their interaction. It also cultivates the ability to allow experiences to arise naturally, without interfering or pushing and pulling on them. This clarity and equanimity promote the defusing and rerouting of old, ineffective patterns and allow the innate goodness and generosity of one’s heart to arise unimpeded.
Results of training in mindfulness can include better mental, physical, and emotional health, reduction in stress, increased effectiveness in creative and work endeavors, enhanced relationships, and also a powerful and transformational shift in how one relates to the experience of self and the world.
The brain has an immense capacity to change over a lifetime. Clinical research has shown that facets of mindfulness are associated with functional and structural changes in many parts of the brain and measurable physiological changes in the body that correlate with health and well-being.
I use my professional training in counseling, including a critical consciousness around how historical, social, and cultural systems of oppression impact wellness, my teaching experience, knowledge of neuroscience research, and over a decade of rigorous mindfulness training grounded in both Buddhist and secular approaches, to tailor you a set of practical skills you can use daily to harness the tremendous power of your mind and uncover your naturally generous heart. I bring warmth, patience, and humor to the work of cultivating this capacity for self-knowing, transcending, and healing.
I offer mindfulness-based psychotherapy to individuals and couples from my offices located at Stillpoint Center in Burlington, Vermont and also online. I conduct mindfulness workshops nationwide, host weekly classes, and offer individualized meditation training in-person and online. I specialize in helping people through the stickier parts of the meditative path.
Stillpoint Center is a collective of practitioners offering meditation training, mindfulness-based psychotherapy, relational practices, energy work, and other healing and awakening modalities grounded in a commitment to social justice. It is an open and affirming community space especially welcoming to those historically underserved in accessing mindfulness, meditation, and mind-body resources.
Nina La Rosa, MS, NCC