About Ann Brand Mindfulness
Ann Brand | Ph.D. in Psychology
Ann Brand is a certified mindfulness teacher through The Mindfulness Training Institute (MTI) and the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA). She is also an Associate Lecturer in the College of Education, Hospitality, Health, and Human Sciences at The University of Wisconsin-Stout and Program Specialist for Mindfulness Training for Arts Integration Menomonie (AIM). Ann holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with an emphasis on child development and families.
Ann first encountered mindfulness in her study of the experience and expression of emotion in her work at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. Exploration of the research showed mindfulness supports attention and memory, emotion regulation, stress reduction, and positive relationships among other things. Suffering from grief after her mother’s death, Ann eventually tried mindfulness practice herself, and found it brought calm, clarity, and peace to the joys and challenges of daily life.
Based on her experience with mindfulness, Ann’s professional and personal interests began to merge. She has integrated mindfulness into teacher education at UW-Stout to support teachers in being more healthy, present, effective educators. As the Program Specialist for Mindfulness with AIM, Ann teaches mindfulness practice to educators, pre-service teachers, and artists. Ann is also part of Mental Health Matters, which brings mindfulness training to middle and high school educators in Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties.
Since receiving her mindfulness teacher training through MTI in 2014, Ann has introduced the practice of mindfulness to students, teachers, administrators, and educational leaders in both K-12 and higher education. Ann also works with business and health care organizations. She offers professional development for educators in Wisconsin and teaches mindfulness classes in her community at The Center in Eau Claire, WI.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST
Shared a little about mindfulness yesterday on WEAU. Just simple practices such as getting outside, tuning into your five senses, and taking three conscious breaths can be helpful in staying grounded and present when you are feeling overwhelmed.
MONDAY, MARCH 30TH
Feeling more wild than mild these days? I have been having a challenging time calming down. My mind is racing, my body feels on overdrive, and I can’t stop scrolling and checking the news. But you are a mindfulness teacher, Ann! Aren’t you calm all the time? At unprecedented times like these, it is hard to be calm, even for a mindfulness teacher. Yet all those hours of mindfulness practice over the years, when I was calm or bored or settled, are helping me now. It is helping to to see how my reaction is totally understandable, to clearly see how am feeling, body and emotions, and what thoughts are going through my head, and to skillfully respond to care for myself. My practice has shifted to just being, observing, resting, taking walks, without any real agenda. Kindness and compassion practices have also been helpful, even just spending time showing myself compassion. And gratitude practices for even the smallest things, like the sun coming out today. May you be kind to yourself as you weather these challenging times, may you find joy in small things, and may you hold your fear and discomfort with as much ease as possible. Illustration credits to Ward Sutton from the NYT Book Review 3/29/2020