Dr. Brian Dower has been living mindfully since 2014 when he took his own advice. A wrist injury that year had short-circuited his ability to tend to his chiropractic patients in downtown Toronto, and concerns about both the injury and its effect on his professional future threatened to interfere with his characteristic steadiness. Brian had been recommending meditation and mindfulness practice to his patients for years, and now, recognizing his need for a more disciplined, nourishing mindfulness practice, he prescribed it for himself.
What began as an online search for a “meditation class” evolved into a progressively deeper dive into what genuine mindfulness means. Over the next few years, through various in-person and online courses, retreats and practice, Brian explored the richness of full engagement in the moment-by-moment beauty of life.
And then he discovered the Unified Mindfulness techniques and the work of Shinzen Young. Young’s systematic and accessible approach to everyday mindfulness harmonized all the seemingly random notes in Brian’s previous mindfulness efforts. Finally, Brian had found a technique that brought him clarity and calm he had been seeking.
Now a Level 2 Unified Mindfulness coach, Brian offers classes, one-on-one coaching, and destination retreats to those who are looking to enhance their skills of concentration, clarity, and equanimity through mindfulness. Although Brian is retired from active chiropractic practice, his experience as a healthcare provider lends itself to a studied and professional understanding of the detrimental physiological effects of a psyche shadowed with stress.
Brian’s goal? To introduce as many people as possible to the benefits of a mindful life that’s characterized by clear perception, tranquility, and joy.