About Me: Lisa V. Blake, M.A.

Ms. Blake completed her Masters degree, summa cum laude, from Bangor Theological Seminary where she designed an independent study to focus on the various contemplative and meditative practices in world wisdom traditions with a specific interest in bridging the spiritual and secular to bring the most benefit to the greatest number of people, regardless of their religious tradition.

The primary objective of the Maine Mindfulness Project is to teach mindfulness meditation to people as a tool to create powerful inner peace, and what she calls "Inspired Presence Evolution." Ms. Blake teaches internationally in educational settings to enhance learning, reduce stress, build optimal learning environments.

Ms. Blake first taught meditation in the classroom on 09/12/2001 to 80 sixth grade students in Kona, Hawaii as a response to the events of 09/11. Since then, she has taught thousands of people to use meditation to enhance learning, create relaxation, explore spiritual wisdom, enjoy well being and create awareness. In every life circumstance a peaceful mind and clear heart are immeasurably beneficial to help bring about peace.

In 2005 she was invited to teach meditation at the Siddhartha School in Ladakh, India. She has returned to teach there many times and is on the nonprofit Siddhartha School Project board of directors. www.siddharthaschool.org.

She also encourages meditation as a practice to support a healthy lifestyle and commitment to positive habits. "TRY MEDITATION BEFORE MEDICATION ©." In 2009, Ms. Blake established a Meditation Practice at True North, Maine's Center for Functional and Complimentary Health. She introduced patients to mindfulness practices as an alternative approach to help people make better decisions around health, diet, exercise, insomnia and high blood pressure as a non-medicated method for healing. She recorded many success stories according to client feedback.

Listen to a radio interview on with the Godspeed Institute for Spiritual Learning where she discusses her spiritual path, Buddhism, her teacher Khen RInpoche Tsetan,education and how she found her way to the Siddhartha School.

She has attended over 30 days of teachings and conferences with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, and has been a student of Khen RInpoche Lobzang Tsetan since 2002.

Click on this link for a wonderful article profiling Lisa and her work through the Maine Mindfulness Project in Maine Magazine: http://www.themainemag.com/people/profiles/1564-lisa-v-blake.html

Ms. Blake was awarded the National Association of Professional Women's Wellness Award in 2009. In 2010, she was named A Leading Woman in Maine for her volunteer work teaching meditation to incarerated youth in Maine. She was inducted into Cambridge's Who's Who in 2011.

She is currently writing a meditation manual, Turn Off, Unplug, Tune In: A Meditation Guide for Teenagers (& Their Parents), as well as a classroom curriculum, Classroom Management: How to Use Breath (not Voice) to Keep the Peace.

Follow Lisa's Meditation Blog, GO LOVE, at http://lisavblake.blogspot.com/

My Passions: Empowering positive peaceful social change

My Challenges: Funding and networking to reach a wider audience

My Vision for the Future: Inspired Presence Evolution: that women and girls will embrace their inner spirit and capacity to transform the world

My Areas of Expertise: Teaching, public speaking, leading social change, empowering women & girls