First the heartfelt bio:
As you'll read below, I spent my career in higher education, mostly focused on distance education. I loved fulfilling the educational dreams of people who lived in remote places, had families, or for whatever reason couldn't attend college on-campus. That said, it is hard swimming upstream in a traditional arena and I tired of the stress and the affects it had on me. It was hard to leave education. Then I realized, maybe I could continue supporting education by supporting those faculty, administration, and staff people that were doing their best for students every day. That's when the dreaming really began.
I turned to the thing that had saved my mental and physical health and given me the strength to believe in myself, Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a contemplative practice that helps us to train our minds and pay attention to our bodies. This journey for me has been filled with joy, fear, and learning; learning about myself, learning about my interaction with others, and learning about Mindfulness! I personally have seen many personal benefits to my practice, including: increased focus and concentration, increased calm, much more moderate emotional swings, less focus on daily pains and discomforts, an increased ability to be happy and to see the good in all situations and people, and a desire to lead my life with kindness and compassion.
The key word there is increased. I notice a change and am happier for it. Am I the perfect always happy person? No, but life is better than it was and with continued practice, who knows what the limit to increased happiness will be?
I look forward to working with YOU (and maybe your team?). I can’t promise increased job performance, as that isn’t specific in the research, but for those that make Mindfulness a practice, I can promise more focused attention, lower stress, and increased happiness. One might guess those changes can definitely lead to increased life performance!
Now the Official Bio: (info about education and past work)
I am a graduate of The Mindfulness Training Institute's mindfulness teacher training; studying under Mark Coleman and Martin Aylward. MindfulnessTrainingInstitute.com
I've practiced meditation as a part of my yoga practice for over ten years. I've practiced from a variety of lineages, but mostly focused on breath, metta, mantra, and viniyoga. Over the years, I've attended many 3-4 day yoga retreats focused on chakras and sutras. In the fall of 2011, my meditation became a regular practice, separate from the yoga and moved from a regular 3-5 day per week practice to a 5-7 day per week practice. That same fall, I was introduced to Mindfulness through Jon Kabat-Zinn meditation books and cd’s. I felt that this form of meditation supported me in my everyday life more than the other forms of meditation and moved forward in learning more about it. I now maintain a daily Mindfulness meditation practice and attend at least one week-long, or longer, silent retreat every year.
Previously, I worked in the online education arena of higher education for 14 years. Most notably, I served six years as the Director of Distance Education at Western Wyoming Community College. In addition to administrative experience, I have over 10 years of full and part-time faculty experience along with, instructional design and project management experience. Most recently, I spent 4 years as a Readiness and Retention Specialist with Pearson, focused on Smarthinking, an online tutoring service, and other retention solutions within higher education. I completed both my M.S. (2002) and Ph.D. (2008) in Education at Capella University with a focus on Leadership in Higher Education. My bachelors (1993) is in a totally unrelated field, Agriculture Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
My Favorite Things
Here's a little about the me that lives every day.
I like to be active. In the summer I love to hike and backpack with my husband and in the winter I love outdoor sports. Most often, you'll find us on our local ski hill, Snowbowl, but we also cross country ski and snowshoe.
I may be the only person in Montana who sculls, but I have a beautiful 26' Filippi rowing shell and I'm a sculler. I enjoy live music and find nothing relaxes me faster than live music.
I love to be in the kitchen. It's one of my happy places and I put a lot of effort into eating healthy and local.
I am positively and absolutely in love with my home and the community of Missoula.
Full Circle Work:
My clients and the people I meet provide me with so much sustaining joy, it is my desire to give back in any way I can and to support the community in which I live as much as possible.
- In my personal life, I give back through my efforts as a volunteer ski patroller here in Missoula.
- Through this business I commit to supporting non-profits and other worthy organizations that need Mindfulness training, but may not be able to afford the full payment. This will be through a sliding fee for training.
Christine Lustik, PhD
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