Maine Mindfulness Project is founded on the belief that health, happiness and peace are important to all life everywhere. Meditation is a practice that contributes to these goals.
"In any circumstance a compassionate peaceful mind and wise warm heart are immeasurably beneficial to others and oneself." Lisa V. Blake
Meditation has long been part of spiritual and interfaith traditions worldwide. Maine Mindfulness Project is extending the practice to aid personal growth through inner space awareness. People are able to experience calm awareness even in only 2-5 minutes of a simple practice. Inner peace leads to happiness and contentment which naturally leads to healthy living.
This is a new trajectory in secular education, health care and personal growth which honors sacred tradition by wisely and compassionately extending its benefits to everyone. It is a practice that follows an ancient Buddhist sutra: If you would like to move comfortably through the world, it is better to put on a pair of shoes than to try to cover the entire earth with leather.
Unplug. Sit down, Tune In.©
Our 21st century externally and electronically focused fast paced lives call for practices to support our embodied peace and happiness in order to maintain health, stamina and clarity.
These include eating well, getting enough rest and physical exercise. Of course, it is also very useful to have an internal practice to elicit relaxation and quiet focus to actually create peace within. This is where the practice of meditation comes in. Meditation helps us to apply engaged intention to create happy, healthy, peaceful and productive lives.
Shamatha, calm abiding breath, is one of the tools we use in engaged awareness. Vipassana, insight or analytical meditation, is another. These two meditative tactics are often compared to two wings of a bird; each is necessary for proper flight.
Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation are proven healing techniques. Recent studies of long term Tibetan Buddhist meditation practitioners and brain research continue to confirm these practices provide many benefits for maintaining or regaining health and wellness, and physically change the structure of the brain creating new pathways of perception and experience.
The story goes that when Western scientists researching the effects of meditation first demonstrated the sensory caps to sit on the head, the group of long term monk meditators broke out laughing. The scientists assumed that it was the funny look of the cap, but actually the monks were laughing that the sensors would only be placed on the head and not other areas of the body, like the heart center.
Meditation is a mind-body practice that combines the wisdom of the intellect with the compassion of the heart to produce amazing life transformation for the practitioner.
Our aim is to provide meditation sessions that are most appropriate to help you meet your goals and more deeply enjoy the path you are on.
Founder: Lisa V. Blake, M.A.
Ms. Blake completed her graduate work summa cum laude from Bangor Theological Seminary where she designed an independent study focusing on various contemplative and meditative practices through practical applications that utilize sacred presence in non-denominational practice.
These range from intentional eating, sitting meditation, walking meditation, breathing meditation, contemplative journaling, sound meditation, contemplative photography, and meditative ecological preservation. It is her deepest joy to bring the greatest benefits to people as reported by their own positive experiences of meditation.
"TRY MEDITATION BEFORE MEDICATION ©."
In 2009, Ms. Blake established a Meditation Practice at True North, Maine's Center for Functional and Complimentary Health. She introduced patients to mindfulness practices as an alternative approach to help people make better decisions around health, diet, exercise, insomnia, high blood pressure, cancer diagnosis, and death and dying.
As a non-medicated method for healing she recorded many success stories according to client feedback.
Maine Mindfulness Project teaches meditation in a variety of settings to enhance learning through meditation, to help others experience innate happiness, and to foster healing. This all begins from within. Side benefits reduce stress, build optimal learning environments, draw community closer together and create a more peaceful, enlightened society.
Ms. Blake first taught meditation in the classroom on 09/12/2001 to 80 sixth grade students in Kona, Hawaii as a response to the events of 09/11. Since then she has taught meditation to enhance learning, create relaxation, gain wisdom, promote health, reform society and initiate peaceful social change through deeper awareness.
A practicing Buddhist in the Mahayana Gelugpa tradition, she has studied extensively for over a decade with her root teacher Kachen Khen RInpoche Lobzang Tsetan and His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. In 2005 she was invited to teach meditation at the Siddhartha School in Ladakh, India and has returned to teach there many times. She is on the board of directors of the nonprofit Siddhartha School Project in Maine which supports the school. www.siddharthaschool.org.
Listen to a radio interview on with the Godspeed Institute for Spiritual Learning where she discusses her spiritual path, Buddhism, Khen RInpoche Tsetan and the Siddhartha School.
- 2009 Awarded the National Association of Professional Women's Wellness Award
- 2010 Named A Leading Woman in Maine for her volunteer work teaching meditation to incarcerated youth in Maine.
- 2010 Selected as a speaker to be part of the first TEDx Independent Event Exploring the Edge
- 2011 Inducted into Cambridge's Who's Who.
- 2012 Invited to teach meditation at International Natural Healing conference in Taipei, Taiwan
- 2013 Featured speaker at Master Healer's conference Universal Vibrations of Love: Song, Sound and Silence. Harmonic Living in the 21st Century Hong Kong, China.
- 2013 Selected by the International Women's Leadership Association as a woman of outstanding leadership
She is currently writing a meditation manual, Turn Off, Unplug, Tune In: A Meditation Guide for Teenagers (& Their Parents), as well as a classroom curriculum, Calm Classroom Management: How to Use Breath (not Voice) to Keep the Peace.