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Our Story

The Mindfulness Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wellness center founded in 2009, by Dr. Deborah Norris, Ph.D. and her two daughters, Jessie and Jacqueline. In 1996, Debbie was diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia, which left her in chronic pain; doctors said there was no cure and nothing could be done. Debbie, a research scientist, began researching the underlying causes of her condition and took up practices to reverse these causes. Debbie began doing things to gradually increase her physical, mental and emotional well-being, including gentle yoga for the physical pain, nutritional changes to increase her energy and meditation to relieve stress. By incorporating these practices, Debbie reversed her condition and returned to an active, healthy life. After an accident in 1999, Debbie suffered a traumatic brain injury and was diagnosed with seizures, impaired vision and chronic headaches. Once again, Debbie researched ways to heal herself using mind and body practices, and once again, Debbie was able to heal herself and live a healthy life free of seizures and pain. This personal health journey is what led Debbie and her family to open The Mindfulness Center: to continue to explore mind-body practices through research, practice and teachings, and spread this information to others, so that all may enjoy health, happiness and optimal well-being. Together with a team of health experts and educators, they seek to create a model of the new paradigm for health care.

While visiting Bethesda, I discovered a small piece of Eden known as The Mindfulness Center.

In my very personal experience, through their exercise, meditation, and one to one therapy, I found healing and restoring of good health, where my rough edges softened and where my mind chased the inner wandering mind following it to a place of complete rest within. My body self analysed itself through guided meditations and mental body scans through breathwork, releasing memories that were hooked into the brain and thus alleviating a lot of hurt and physical pain.

The Mindfulness Center is a magical place, full of loving supporting and caring mentors, therapists and teachers of the highest caliber. Not to be forgotten are their wonderful retreats they organise on a regular and ongoing basis.

I would not hesitate to recommend the TMC to anyone needing an outstretched hand to hold or having genuine fun and enjoyment in group participation , for this too is an important part of life.
— Aneesa H

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The mission of The Mindfulness Center is to facilitate the evolution of the standard of health care from one of managing disease to one of fostering health, and to be a model for a new health care paradigm. We fulfill this mission by bringing mindfulness to all dimensions of life, and empowering people to use evidence-based, best practices of self-care, thereby addressing
health care disparities by making health care accessible to all.

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