Hi, I’m Annie and Raw Mindfulness is about sharing the work I love − helping people transform and heal for their personal and the collective good.

I am dedicated to understanding the world as it is and responding with compassion and wisdom. With the hectic pace of modern life, we take more in today than we ever have, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. I’ve struggled with this over the years, too and I’ve learned how to bring more calm and ease into my life. Some of my practices are shared here on this site.

You’ll see that I post narratives to inspire others through blogging, social, and newsletters, offering insight on ways to look at the world’s issues consciously and mindfully. Creating relationships and community is critical for exercising self-care, so there’s a focus on building relationships along with more traditional mindfulness practice.. Please explore my site. I hope you will find inspiration and guidance in the readings and in connecting with others, so you can find ways to compost your stress into joy and ease.

Read on for my story +

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Inspiration

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Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh has been a Zen master, teacher and activist since the 1960’s, using Buddhist practice to take on social ills like war and poverty in his native Vietnam.  He continues a life-long commitment to making Buddhism more accessible and practicing social justice. His actions, along with those of many others,  inspires me to take my own compassionate action and work towards liberating marginalized communities.

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the first teachers who inspired me to fully engage in life and use my practice to transform. This helped get me through many dark days of anxiety and despair. The Fourteen Mindfulness trainings of Thich Nhat Hahn’s Order of Interbeing continue to challenge and support my practice. They have taught me that my happiness depends on your happiness and your happiness depends on my happiness.

 

Meditation Retreats

I attend several retreats a year to deepen my practice and reconnect with myself. Some of my favorite retreat centers are Plum Village, Spirit Rock Mediation Center, Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and Blue Cliff Monastery.

 

Books, authors & Teachers

Books I’m reading right now: The Age of Overwhelm by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Brilliant Imperfection: Grapping with Cure by Eli Clare and Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown

I recommend googling for videos of Thich Nhat Hanh dharma talks, or reading books by Thich Nhat Hahn, bell hooks, adrienne maree brown, Angeles Arrien and Pema Chodron.

 

My Latest Book  

things I did when I was hangry

navigating a peaceful relationship with food

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