Jess is a meditator with a dental practice. Some might even call her a Zentist. She wholeheartedly believes a daily mindfulness practice is more important than flossing!
Jess began her contemplative journey at an early age. She attempted meditation as a teenager and then again throughout her twenties, as chronic stress and suffering eclipsed her life. She had no idea what she was doing, but the dabbling in “it” was doing something for her.
Jess’s tipping point arrived immediately following graduate school when she lost almost everything. Ultimately, the help that helped was mindfulness. It showed her how to let go of the “shoulds” and the perfectionistic pressure of her competitive ivy league doctoral program. She broke open and stayed that way. The process of renewal from the depths of trauma emerged – eventually – from determined practice of presence and mindfulness teachings of Eckhart Tolle, Insight Meditation, and of course, Shinzen Young.