The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. — Thich Nhat Hahn.
Or are you wandering somewhere else?
Being present has become a rare skill these days. Infinite to-do lists, relationship expectations, work stress, and the perpetual need to do more are constantly taking you out of the now. You may reflect on the past, worry about future outcomes, or be too drained to deal with anything.
And then you hear the buzzword mindfulness and wonder if that’s the key. You may have stopped trying to meditate because you couldn’t “quiet your mind.” Perhaps you are frustrated and skeptical about the practice, but deep down, you want to know more. Or maybe you already have some mindfulness training and want to bring it to the next level.
My name is Mary Ann Abosch, and I’m a licensed therapist and certified meditation and mindfulness teacher. I offer mindfulness coaching to teens, adults, families, and groups in California and virtually across the US.
During grad school, I took a study abroad trip to Kyoto, Japan, which marked the dawn of my mindful journey. Mindfulness transformed me, motivated me to get certified, and became my focus treatment.
Today, my goal is to teach what I practice. I provide mindfulness support and powerful skills to help you navigate stressors, find inner peace, and reclaim joy.
If you are interested in mindfulness coaching for yourself or your loved ones, contact me for a free 15-minute consultation.
Mindfulness is the art of conscious living. It is an intentional state of awareness where you focus on the present moment without judgment.
Yet, mindfulness is much more than sitting on a cushion to meditate and chant om. It’s a way of being that can be carried into everything you do.
You can bring mindfulness to how you communicate, move, work, eat, and lead others. By pausing and observing what’s happening within and around you, you can manage stress, reduce anxiety, and make choices that support your well-being.
Living mindfully sounds easy, but it can be challenging to do without support. It may take time, practice, and guidance to get there.
Mindfulness coaching teaches you to hone your conscious awareness and pay attention to the present to be with what is. No need to change it, condemn it, or control it.
An experienced mindfulness coach can help you kickstart or strengthen your mindfulness path, especially when difficulties arise (e.g., distractions, restlessness, inner critic’s voice).
As your coach, I will offer personalized direction, practical skills, and first-hand resources to build your mindfulness practice with curiosity, acceptance, and kindness.
Mindfulness coaching can help you manage a wide range of mental health challenges, including:
You have suffered long enough. If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of the above issues, mindfulness coaching can support you.
Mindfulness coaching can help you enhance your mindfulness skills to:
But how does mindfulness work to provide these mind-body benefits?
When you are mindful, you slow down to focus on this moment, calming your nervous system and easing your stress response. You tune into your breath, thoughts, emotions, sensations, and environment. And you do so with acceptance, observing and letting things be, instead of holding on or reacting to them.
Over time, the goal is not to clear your mind or quiet your body but to train yourself to notice and gently let go of narratives, feelings, and actions that don’t serve you.
This practice can alleviate unhelpful habits tied to distressing symptoms and debilitating conditions. It provides perspective, compassion, and tools to navigate current and future challenges.
I offer mindfulness coaching to teens, adults, and families of all identities, orientations, and backgrounds. Services are delivered in person at my Santa Monica practice and online throughout the US.
I specialize in stress management, anxiety treatment, relapse prevention, and trauma. Besides mindfulness coaching, I also facilitate 8-week mindfulness courses: mindfulness-based relapse prevention and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBRP and MBSR).
My approach is holistic, collaborative, and tailored to serve you. I’m not an expert on your life—you are! I will bring my skillset and experience to support you, but if something doesn’t work, I’ll pivot to other alternatives. We will partner to integrate mindfulness into your life in a way that feels authentic and realistic to you, your story, and your goals.
Some of the techniques I use include meditation, breathwork, self-compassion, gratitude, and many more. I’m also passionate about neuroplasticity (e.g., our brain’s capacity to adjust and rearrange neural connections based on experience) and how we can use mindfulness to rewire neural pathways. I’m always learning about the nervous system and incorporating those findings into my work.
I’m a Trained Mindfulness Facilitator from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and a Certified Mindfulness Teacher from the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. I’m also trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) through the University of California San Diego.
Mindfulness saved my life. The proof is in the pudding—I’ve seen first-hand what this practice has done for myself and my clients. And I strive to continue spreading its benefits to as many people as possible.
Whether you are new to mindfulness, a seasoned practitioner, or anywhere in between, I’m here to help.