About Mindful Being Houston

Ann’s bio

Ann Friedman, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Counseling Psychology Graduate Program for over ten years. Ann holds both a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston. She completed her Residency in Clinical Psychology at U.T. Medical School and her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Baylor College of Medicine.


Since 2007, Ann has studied mindfulness intensively with various national teachers. Over this time, she has attended annual 7-to-10 day silent retreats and worked with national teachers on a monthly basis. In 2015, she received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) of the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine at UCLA. She is now in a program to become an affiliate teacher with UCLA. Ann has also completed courses on teaching children and teens, including Sitting Like a Frog with Eline Snell and The Still Quiet Place by Dr. Amy Saltzman.


Ann currently teaches mindfulness classes for adults, teens, and for caregivers and their children through her company, Mindful Being, P.C. at The John McGovern Houston Health and Medical Science Museum and Rothko Chapel, as well as in her private office. Since 2012, she has been teaching mindfulness on a weekly basis at various synagogues, including Congregation Emanu El, United Orthodox Synagogue, Congregation Beth Yeshurun and Congregation Sh’ma Koleinu. When teaching in a Jewish setting, Ann connects mindfulness with Jewish teachings. While the teachings of secular mindfulness have their origins in Buddhism, many of the teachings are also found in the world’s wisdom traditions. Ann believes that helping people find some of the teachings in their own traditions can be powerful.


In addition to her work, Ann has been an active community volunteer. For over ten years, she was a member of the Boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (Board Chairman), the Houston A+ Challenge (Board Chairman), and the Children’s Defense Fund. She continues to serve on the Advisory Boards of these nonprofits, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Rothko Chapel, Shifa Women’s Center, and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. Previously, Ann served as a Board member of Houston Proud, Serve Houston Youth Corp, Tax Reinvestment Zone Nine, Holocaust Museum Houston, The Forum Club, Texas Lyceum Association and the Avondale House for Autistic Children. She has chaired numerous school programs, charity galas and civic events, and has been honored for her volunteer service by a number of organizations.


Ann lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J. Kent Friedman, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Morae Legal Corporation and Senior Counsel with Orrick, LL.P. Kenny also serves as the Chairman of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority. They are the parents of five young adults and the grandparents of eight wonderful children.


Ann is available to teach mindfulness to social and civic groups, schools, businesses, and healthcare organizations. She can be reached at ann@mindfulbeinghouston.com or by calling (713) 443-6273.

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Ann’s Story

Mindfulness meditation changed my life which is why I share it with others.  As a young person who struggled with mild anxiety, there came a time that my own anxiety increased to a level that caused me suffering.  By that time, I was a psychologist who was adept at helping others with anxiety, among other issues, but I did not have a personal practice to calm myself.   In 2007, with no idea what I was getting into, I plunged into my first 7-day silent mindfulness retreat.

At the retreat, I learned to watch my own my own mind for long periods of time and saw, clearly, how the chatter rarely ceased.  Much of it was repetitive.  I noticed my frustration with people and events that I could not control, as well as regular criticisms of myself and others.  We all struggle from time-to-time with life’s challenges.  I needed to learn how to quiet my mind, find acceptance, and become more compassionate with myself and others.

From that time on, I could not get enough of mindfulness.  I listened to tapes in my car and regularly practiced mindful driving. My walks often became practices for mindfulness.  I read book after book on the topic and studied the research in the medical and psychological journals.  And, I sat daily.  I connected monthly with a study and practice group, reading the teachings of Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hahn, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Norman Fisher, Sharon Saltzberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Eckhart Tolle, Jon Kabat-Zinn, as well as other well-known teachers.  And, for many years, I checked in weekly with a study/practice partner on how mindfulness practice was informing my life.  I have attended at least one 7-to10 day silent retreat yearly.  In 2012, after being asked to teach, I started sharing mindfulness with groups on a weekly basis. With encouragement from others, I opened my own office in fall, 2016.

While many people will not get as enthusiastic as I did about mindfulness; like most things in life, the more we put into it, the more we get out of it. Many people have found that only practicing for short periods daily–perhaps 10 to 20 minutes—has a positive impact on their day.

I hope you will find my classes to be warm, inviting and supportive.  I am here to assist you with developing a practice and if you so choose, to become engaged with a practice community to support your practice.

I look forward to working with you.



Ann’s Affiliation with The Institute for Applied Mindfulness

Ann serves on the faculty of The Institute for Applied Mindfulness (IAM), a consulting and teaching firm that has developed an evidence-based model for teaching the scientifically-supported practice of mindfulness.  The Institute offers mindfulness training, workshops and consultations in a wide array of settings, including business, the military, veterans, education, medicine and health, law, and the nonprofit sector.  Our Applied Mindfulness Trainings develop core competencies and life skills that can be systematically applied in our personal and professional lives.  Ann often co-leads trainings with the Founder and Guiding Teacher of IAM, Grove Burnett.

Grove Burnett, J.D., is a renowned environmental lawyer and nationally acclaimed mindfulness teacher. He has practiced mindfulness for over 25 years and is the founder of Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center, a nonprofit wilderness retreat center which hosts meditation retreats and mindfulness-based trainings for professionals. See www.vallecitos.org for further information.

Grove has spent decades training with some of the world’s preeminent teachers, including Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Thich Nhat Hanh. He is an authorized teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is a certified mindfulness teacher at UCLA Medical School Mindful Awareness Research Center. His own personal training has included long periods of meditation practice, including intensive 6 week and 3 month long silent meditation retreats.
Grove is co-founder of the Western Environmental Law Center, a public interest environmental law firm with offices in five western states. He has litigated many of the most important environmental cases in the West and has been named numerous times to The Best Lawyers in America. He has also taught mindfulness retreats at Yale Law School.

Presentations to Educational, Community and Business Organizations

Ann is available to introduce mindfulness to school groups and community and business organizations.  She has previously presented mindfulness to the following groups:

Congregation Emanu El ReJEWvenate Program

Congregation Sh’ma Koleinu Yom Kippur Services

Girl Scout Troops


Jewish Business & Professional Women

Ostomy Association of Houston

Rothko Chapel, Evening Meditation in the Chapel

Texas Women in Public Finance

United Orthodox Synagogues Shabbat Service

University of Houston School of Law

United Way Women’s Initiative

Collaborative for Children

Forthea, Interactive Marketing

YPO Forums

Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

Winstead, LLP

Creative Mornings

Congregation Beth Israel

A+ Up Charter School

Blinds, A Home Depot Company

Creative Mornings

Guest Teachers

Mindful Being Guest Teacher, Amy Hertz

Amy Hertz has been a student of Tibetan Lama Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche, founder of Jewel Heart for nearly 30 years. In her various positions at HarperCollins, Penguin and Random House, she has been the editor and publisher of some of the bestselling Buddhist books for a general audience including The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, The Art of Happiness, The Universe in a Single Atom, several books by Thich Nhat Hanh, and Robert Thurman as well as Gelek Rimpoche’s Good Life Good Death. She has taught in New York City, Ann Arbor, Garrison, Lincoln Nebraska, and Houston.

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