Mindfulness 101

How can we learn to be completely present?

We all hear about the importance of mindfulness for our wellbeing, but does anyone ever show us how to achieve a completely present state with minimal effort? What does mindfulness look like if you suffer from imposter syndrome? What unique challenges do people of color, Queer folks, Womxn, and others face on the road to mindfulness? And how can approaches to mindfulness help you in your day-to-day and at work?

This webinar will focus on the practical application of mindfulness. You’ll leave the session knowing how to achieve this open attention to the now while feeling relaxed, alert, and less reactive to the environment and people around us.

You don’t need to change who you are to reap the benefits of mindfulness. These techniques only help you to recognize and cultivate the best of who we are as human beings. We’ll move through breathing techniques, a guided visualization meditation, and learn how you can bring this quality of full engagement into your present day reality.

Meet Your Teacher

Julia Wilson (she/her/hers) works as a leadership coach and consultant supporting legal aid leaders and nonprofits throughout the country. Previously, as CEO of OneJustice, she led the organization’s award-winning work to bring life-changing legal help to those in need by transforming thMaria is no stranger to breaking the status quo. She was born in Mexico and has lived in the US for most of her life. Growing up in northern California, she often was the only Spanish speaking student in her class or school. She then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree at San Diego State University, earned a bi-lingual teaching credential and brought her gifts to local high school students and staff as a social science teacher. A series of tragic life events resulted in a one year leave of absence that challenged her resolve and ultimately made her stronger. Maria re-entered the workforce with a six week temporary position for a school district and within a few short years rose to the level of Director of Applications Support. In this role, she is responsible for the work of a team of programmers as well as systems support technicians and has built an industry-leading help desk that serves over 50K users consisting of staff, students, and parents.

Maria is true to her beliefs and personally uses all components of her toolkit as she changes the lives of those she encounters. Maria is emblematic of the new era of leaders who blend personal empowerment, purpose, peace, and joy into their personal and professional lives.e civil legal aid system. She started her legal career at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, including as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, and also served as Executive Director of the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC). She comes to civil justice work through her perspective as a person with mental health conditions that are sometimes disabling, and her career has focused on applying systems analysis, innovation practices, and design thinking to the thorny question of how to expand civil legal aid to reach the millions of Californians experiencing life problems that have legal solutions.