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Mindful : August 2019
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Stephanie Domet is the author of two novels, including Fallsy Downsies. She was the host of “Mainstreet” on CBC Radio One, and lives in Halifax, where she destresses mindfully by puttering in the garden and sewing her own clothes. Pat Rockman “woke up” for the first time when she was 14 years old, at a leadership conference put on by the Anglican Church. “I was sitting in a little valley and I remember having the experience—it sounds kind of hokey—of really being one with all of the environment,” she says. “And I recognized that that’s not usually the way I walked around.” The experience changed her life. In the short term she broke up with her boyfriend (“Because I couldn’t talk to him about this experience. I remember saying, ‘you can’t see the stars, I can’t be with you,’” she says, rolling her eyes just a little at her younger self ), and changed her circle of friends. In the long run, “it initiated a path of seeking and study and wanting to understand what it is to be a human being.” Rockman pursued that understanding from all directions, studying Sufism for a while, looking into Buddhist psycholog y, becoming an MD, and then a medi- cal psychotherapist. She trained with Zindel Segel and began offering Mind- fulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to her patients. In 2011 she and Tita Angangco opened the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, which delivers mind- fulness programs to trainers working in healthcare and other fields, as well as to the general public. These days, Rockman values the interdependence of the g roup of women with whom she collaborates on writing, teaching, and developing mindfulness pro- gramming, with a special focus on mental health. “I love the work. I really want to be able to bring people, and many of them are women, into this work and I love working with them. I feel really lucky to be a woman doing this. I just feel grateful. What else can you feel?” Feel the Gratitude of Connection PATRICIA ROCKMAN 46 mindful August 2019 leadership