When your mind is with your body, you are in the here and now. And if you meet this moment of awareness with curiosity, kindness and non-judgment, You are fully alive.
Be Here Now Mindfulness is dedicated to inspiring, guiding and connecting anyone who wants to explore mindfulness through both science and experience to enjoy better health, happiness, more caring relationships, and a compassionate society.
Be Here Now Mindfulness is based in Metro Atlanta and Marietta, GA founded by Jennifer Chase Finch, M.A., LPC, NBCC, Certified Mindfulness Instructor. I see mindfulness as a unique, practical and profound approach to social change, and my dedication to teach others in the community as a social innovation initiative. My classes and workshops promote individual wellness, healthy relationships, and a more mindful and compassionate community. Mindfulness is entering the mainstream and this presents an historic opportunity to transform ourselves, our children, our communities, our world.
Be Here Now seeks to help connect the mindfulness community, taking research from the heroic efforts of the leaders in the field to all those new to mindfulness who seek to learn more. This site offers personal stories, news you can use, links to cutting edge research, practical advice, and insights that speak to anyone from novice meditators looking for guidance to corporate managers exploring new ways to cultivate workplace engagement and fulfillment. My classes and workshops teach effective techniques for mindful living, and are based in current neuroscience and psychology that points to their benefits.
Be Here Now Mindfulness offers innovative programs for children, adults, families, schools and businesses in the Marietta, and Metro Atlanta areas. My mindfulness programs help students cultivate attentional training and emotional regulation that can lead to a successful and happy life. My professional development offerings help reduce burnout and promote more effective, creative and insightful resolutions to conflicts and struggles within the work environment. I teach parents how to parent from a calm and compassionate place even amidst the chaos of raising children and balancing all of life.
With mindfulness, we have the capacity to change how we relate to the present moment. We have the power to choose how we respond. We can embrace our reality. We can live mindfully and consciously, instead of reacting from an ego run on auto-pilot that is making decisions from a fear-based, scarcity mentality. In this powerful ability to pause, we become more aware of ourselves, more aware of others and we develop greater compassion. From this cultivated mindfulness, we bring a more loving, healthy, peaceful, joyful and kinder way to living our day-to-day lives.
“Jennifer is an excellent and knowledgable instructor. She taught me how to be kind and loving to myself first and now I can parent my kids from a calm and compassionate place, even when they are pushing all of my buttons."
— Keri, East Cobb Mom
WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED
- Worked with and initiated and brought programs to Casa Montessori, Montessori school in Marietta, GA teaching to ages 4-12.
- Worked with mothers in the community, teaching them skills to parent from a calm, compassionate place. Provided them self-care tools they can take with them and use in any moment.
- Worked with teens ages 12 and up teaching a 10-week mindfulness for teens curriculum.
- Worked individually with students of all ages to encourage and enhance their unique mindfulness practices and help move through struggles that are thwarting one's practice.
- Worked with students of all ages who are new to mindfulness teaching a 4 week Mindfulness for Beginners course. Establishing a practice starting wherever you are, is the first step to discovering your true self.
- Presented workshops and public speaking engagements to numerous psychology agencies, healthcare facilities, businesses and schools.
- Working on partnering with local groups to bring mindfulness summer camps to children and parents.
- Working with community Mom's groups to help educate mothers in self-care techniques they can take with them. Helping them discover the courage, strength, and happiness that lies within them.
- Working with local artists to help cultivate clarity, creativity, and unblock inhibiting forces, replacing them with new insights, artistic confidence and productivity.
- Cultivated an established Sangha (community) for FREE Meditation Mindfulness Meet-Ups
- Working with individuals in a therapeutic environment using meditation and compassion as a therapeutic tool for individuals to immediately apply in their everyday lives.
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
The National Certified Counselor is the premier certification for the counseling profession. NCCs have voluntarily met high national standards for the practice of counseling. They are competent in skills such as human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group counseling, career counseling, assessment, research and program evaluation, and professional counseling.
ABOUT JENNIFER CHASE FINCH, M.A., LPC, NBCC, Certified Mindfulness Instructor
Jennifer Chase Finch was a practicing licensed professional therapist for almost two decades prior to founding Be Here Now Mindfulness. She earned her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. She is a Certified .b Instructor through the Mindfulness in Schools Project. She is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor through the Open Heart Project. In addition, she has been educated in The Still Quiet Place curriculum for children ages 4 and up, Sitting Still Like a Frog for children ages 4 and up, CBCT®(Cognitively-Based Compassion Training®) through Emory University's Tibetan Partnership. She has taught mindfulness techniques to children, teens and adults and has worked in many clinical settings including hospitals, inpatient units, Community Mental Health facilities, University of North Carolina-Asheville, and the Duke Addictions Program--Duke Medical School.
Jennifer has had a personal mindfulness practice for many years and firmly believes that it has course corrected her life giving her the personal freedom to "not be a slave to my own thoughts anymore. It changed my life for the better and restored my previously lagging open-heart that connected me to the beauty of the world around me. I was once asleep and ghost-walking around on autopilot. Now I can see beauty everywhere and feel connected to the wellspring of humanity. Breathing is everything you need to be able to see!" She is passionate in her teachings of mindfulness to children, teens and adults and sincerely believes that compassion, happiness and kindness can be enhanced and trained through mindfulness. One of her favorite quotes by the Dalai Lama is, "If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation."
If Jennifer is not reading about the new neuroscience and psychology of mindfulness, writing about mindfulness meditation, or teaching mindfulness classes, she is looking at the world uniquely through a camera lens. She founded Skipping Stones Photography, LLC in 2005. She believes that the practice of contemplative photography is an expression of eye, mind and heart all working together in a mindful harmony. She says, "It's all about learning to pay attention with playfulness." The result of her mindfulness practice and her photography working contemporaneously, creates a map to spiritual creativity and provides a nourishing part of her daily life.
Licensing and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor - #LPC004375
National Certified Counselor - NCC
National Board Certified Counselor - NBCC
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor - CCMHC
.b Mindfulness in Schools Certified Instructor - Mindfulness in Schools Project
CBCT® Certified Instructor-In-Training - (Cognitive Behavioral Compassion Training®) - Emory University - Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics
Certified Meditation Instructor - Open Heart Project with Susan Piver
Professional Activities and Memberships
Member- American Counseling Association
Member- American Psychological Association
Member- Licensed Professional Counselors Association--Georgia