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Left Brain Buddha!
Do you...


... struggle with “staying in the present moment”?

... feel like your brain has WAY TOO MANY TABS OPEN?

... sometimes think you’re TOO BUSY to be mindful?


Then Left Brain Buddha is the site for you! 

We know mindfulness and meditation are good for usBut sometimes our type-A, left-brain, analytical activity gets in the way of our actual practice of mindfulness. It’s such a challenge!

And that’s why I started this website!

So if you’re new, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and read about mindful, joyful, and thought-full living and parenting {taking notes is optional, left-brain types!}. Relax and stay awhile! 🙂 I am delighted you are here.
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Left Brain Buddha is your online resource for living and parenting mindfully, joyfully, and thought-fully ~ even in your left-brain, analytical life!

ABC News anchor Dan Harris says that meditation has a “massive PR problem” these days. The word “mindfulness” may conjure up images of berobed hippies and gurus, speaking in soft NPR voices about “finding your heart center.”

But many of us may be unaware that mindfulness practices have been rigorously researched, and new studies are coming out practically every day touting the benefits of meditation. Many of these studies focus on completely secular mindfulness practices, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center over 30 years ago.

You can incorporate mindfulness into your life regardless of your religious affiliation. While mindfulness is based in part on the Theravada Buddhist tradition, secular programs present the psychological teachings of mindfulness without Buddhist metaphysics.

I’ve always thought of myself as a thinker. I aspire to live a mindful life, but I also love the life of a full mind. At first, I thought I would never be able to meditate– in my first yoga classes, I never understood the point of the instructor’s encouragements about “being in the present moment” and only “following the breath,” instead of indulging the myriad thoughts and ideas swimming in my head. {Doesn’t she know I have lessons to plan for tomorrow?}

I wanted to plan my grocery list during savasana, not clear my head!

I decided I liked the idea of mindfulness, and I was pretty sure I could just read about it and learn about all the research and then I would TOTALLY be living a mindful life.

You know where this is going, right?

I couldn’t just be a left-brain Buddha, reading all that I could — I had to practice. I had to incorporate mindfulness into my busy life. And I realized I could do that AND still think and be analytical and read lots of books. LOTS OF BOOKS.

And that’s what I share with you here — the research, the practice, and the personal experience of one busy left-brain gal trying to find time to slow down, catch a few breaths, and live and parent with greater skill and ease.

I can honestly say that practicing mindfulness has changed my life. I am passionate about sharing this practice and teaching it to parents and children and teachers and students and all other thinking breathing beings.

I hope by coming here you find inspiration, wisdom, and humor as we tame {and sometimes indulge} our overly-rational monkey minds. Think of it as mindfulness, without the woo-woo. Well, maybe a little bit of woo-woo. Evidence-based, of course.​​​​​​

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A little bit about me...

My name is Sarah Rudell Beach. I taught high school social studies for 17 years before becoming a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor and founding Brilliant Mindfulness. I came to the practice of mindfulness when I was struggling with postpartum depression almost 10 years ago. I can honestly tell you that mindfulness changed my life. I consider myself incredibly lucky that I now get to spend my days teaching mindfulness to students and teachers, and parents and families. When I’m not working or writing, you’ll find me at dance class, reading a book, or hanging out with my little Buddhas.  I live in Minneapolis, MN.


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