jyothi shyamsunder

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In all East Asian Languages including Tibetan the word for Mind is the same as the word for Heart! 
This is what excites her the most! 

Jyothi Shyamsunder has been a Mindfulness and Compassionate Living practitioner for five years now. She has done extensive research, study and teaching in Mindfulness and Neuroscience of Mindfulness. She currently renders mindfulness and compassionate leadership interventions for schools, parents, corporations, NGOs, sports. She conducts her own retreats as well.

Having experienced a steady growth in Compassion towards herself and others through the practice of mindfulness her interest grew in the Science of Compassion. This lead her into studying and doing research on how different contemplative traditions like Buddhism, our own Vedas and Western Psychology (in specific Interpersonal Neurobiology) view Compassion. 

In her journey she has been fortunate to have met His Holiness The Dalai Lama and discussed with him on the importance of Mindfulness for the future of humanity. Her other inspirations include Dr. Dan Siegel Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute and professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Dr. Paul Gilbert, British clinical psychologist, ex-head of the Mental Health Research Unit, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. 

She believes that ‘Compassion is not a lucky accident; it is a biological capability that can be strengthened through the practice of Mindfulness’. 

Her religion is ‘Gratitude and Compassion’. 

Tags: meditation mindfulness self-compassion wellbeing

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