Julian and Kelly discuss her book The Blindspot Effect: How to Stop Missing What's Right in Front of You along with different approaches to Mindfulness practice and using mindfulness to work with trauma. Kelly shares about her work developing and teaching Mindfulness courses with the U.N. and her experiences visiting refuge camps in the Middle East and her experience with the Prison Yoga Project where she worked with inmates serving decade long to life sentences. Kelly also helped develop Search Inside Yourself, a mindfulness and emotional intelligence training program pioneered at Google and now taught around the world.
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About Kelly: Kelly Boys is a trainer with the United Nations Foundation where she co-developed and works to deliver a mindfulness and well-being program called “Peace on Purpose” for UN humanitarian and development workers on the front lines. She has delivered programs with UNDP (UN Development Program), UNICEF, UNFPA (UN Population Fund), UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency), and UNRWA (UN Relief for Palestinian Refugees) from New York to the Middle East to Central Asia.
She was the host of the Mindfulness Monthly Program with Sounds True Media Company, which launched February 2017, featuring interviews and fresh content with leading meditation teachers on various themes each month.
Kelly also directed a teacher training for Search Inside Yourself, a mindfulness and emotional intelligence training program pioneered at Google and now taught around the world through a yearlong mastery program in the neuroscience-based emotional intelligence and mindfulness program developed at Google. She is the former Director of Operations for the Integrative Restoration Institute, a teacher training institute for the research-based and trauma-sensitive mindfulness protocol called iRest.
She spent two years volunteering with James Fox of the Prison Yoga Project to create and deliver a weekly trauma-sensitive mindfulness and yoga program at San Quentin State Prison for incarcerated veterans, and has worked extensively in the field of trauma sensitive mindfulness, teaching meditation to US veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Kelly has been mentored for several years by clinical psychologist and founder of iRest Richard Miller, as well as psychotherapist John Prendergast, author of In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself, with whom she teaches retreats.
She holds a degree in Intercultural Religious Studies and is a certified iRest® meditation teacher, Search Inside Yourself teacher, and is the founding advisor for the meditation app Simple Habit. She teaches retreats and workshops at spots like the Esalen Institute.