Who is Monica?
Monica holds a Master of Education (M.Ed.) and a Master’s Certificate in Mind, Brain and Teaching (MCMBT), graduating summa cum laude, from Johns Hopkins University. In this program, Monica focused her research review on the mechanisms involved in allostatic load, the consequences of stress overload on the nervous system, and the impact it has on mood, learning, behavior, executive function and well being as well as the effectiveness of Mindfulness as an intervention to ameliorate and even transform our reaction to stressors.
Apart from offering 30 years of teaching experience for adolescents and adults, Monica is the creator of a 2-level, research-based course for adults called “Neurobiology of Stress Management – Mindfulness and Meditation Tools for Resilience” which she currently teaches to integrate brain science and Mindfulness, and raise awareness of one’s experience, restructure the architecture of the brain through neuroplasticity, develop habits of mind to handle stressors, and bring joy and vibrancy into one’s life. She leads these courses at InnerSource Inc., a holistic clinic in Annapolis, MD. Monica offers workshops, talks and seminars including Mindful Parenting, Mindfulness for Educators, Mindfulness for Doctors, Psychologists, Social Workers and Nurses, and workshops on Mindfulness for Adolescents and Mindful Communication.
Monica offers free Mindfulness Meditation and talks for those who have been touched by cancer and their families at the Wellness House, and free – open to the public– Mindfulness Meditation at Congregation Kol Shalom in Annapolis. Monica is the Spanish Program Coordinator and Spanish Editor to Tara Brach’s Dharma Talks and Meditations for the Spanish-speaking world.
Monica is committed to bringing mindfulness into everybody’s unique life experience. Regardless of the circumstances that we are surrounded by, we can always tap into our inner power, and develop emotional self-regulation and equanimity to see every situation as an opportunity for growth.
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