On Mindful Living

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As a life coach and retreat leader, Yota works with women seeking clarity, inspiration, and purpose in the midst of life changes. Her approach is intuitive and deeply influenced by her cultural roots, work and life experience, and her long-term practice of mindfulness meditation.


  • Kathleen Lauterbach

    Hi Yota,
    A beautiful session last night. I found the meditation very valuable and was surprised at what came up when writing the letter.

    I wanted to try again this morning so I found an app called UCLA Mindful that had some guidance for doing a short meditation. I like the gentleness of the woman’s voice and it was quite easy to follow just like your session last night.

    I was looking for the Maya Angelou quote and the questions you were asking at the end of the session. Couldn’t seem to locate it on the course website. Where do I look?

    • Yota Schneider

      Hi Kathy,

      I’m so happy that you enjoyed the meditation experience and found an app to experiment with. Let us know how it goes.

      As for the quote, it’s in the Prompt unit. Begin with the Mindful Living unit and when you mark it completed, hit next and you’ll be directed to Maya Angelou’s quote and prompt.

      Work with one unit per day and see what happens. Looking forward to our conversation. 💕

  • Twink McKenney

    Thank you for last night’s session. I am on a graphics deadline this week – fast paced and chock full of detail. But taking some time out both last night and today for this has made me realize two things: I can push myself relentlessly AND I am incredibly strong.

    The latter came up for me in the “Dear Cares” portion of our work last night. The “good part” is that I have used that strength to tackle some BIG things. And the way it presented last night – I feel more clear about it, more able to trust it. And the more I turn inward in meditation – it seems the more I am able to connect to this clear, strong voice.

    Now to figure out a way not to use it just to “muscle through.”

    • Yota Schneider

      Dear Twink,

      Of course you’re incredibly strong and of course you push yourself relentlessly. Two sides of the same coin. Two traits that can serve for and against you. It all hangs in the balance; which is what you’re seeking.

      Stay with the letter … ask … “Dear Cares, how do I maintain my strength and ability to keep going and see something through without ignoring my personal needs and wants? How do I balance productivity with self-care?”

      Let’s see what comes through.

  • Linda Samuels

    For me, mindfulness is an awareness. Sometimes that awareness is within- my inner voice, breath, or body sensations. Sometimes the awareness is outer- what I see, hear, or engage in. While I strive to be here now, be present, I recognize that my attention and focus can wander at times. So today, I practiced presence formally through meditation, yoga. I practiced presence informally by walking in nature, seeing and smelling the fall’s colors and scents, conversing with dear ones, and working virtually with a couple. And then there were the less mindful moments- conversing, but not really hearing, eating, but not really tasting, moving about, but not really paying attention to where I was heading. And so I continue to practice presence and mindfulness in the formal and informal ways. I know it’s not possible or even desirable to be 100% present. That isn’t my goal. But those moments when I am are a gift.

    • Yota Schneider

      Good morning Linda 🙂

      You’re right … mindfulness is complete awareness of all that is in present moment. That awareness allows us to observe our inner and outer world from a place of curiosity.

      The more we practice the more we notice how we relate to self and others as well as our environment. The ultimate goal of awareness is to know ourselves … deeply and intimately. With practice, we come to know our innermost thoughts, feelings, and bias. It’s not always pretty or relaxing but over the years I’ve found that it’s tremendously healing.

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