Overcoming Difficulties

Hybrid Class (in-person & Zoom options)

Life brings us many difficulties and mindfulness will not change that.  We will still have storms, lose jobs, experience relationship challenges, struggle with children, and deal with illness and death.  To be in the present moment non-judgmentally—with open, kind, curious attention and acceptance for what we cannot change– is not an easy task.

Mindfulness Practices can help us surf the waves.  We can learn to cultivate equanimity, loving kindness, compassion, and appreciative joy for helping us be with difficult situations or people without resistance and tension.   Join Dr. Ann Friedman to learn how to develop these tools and use them for more ease in daily living.

Key Takeaways

  • Bring equanimity to judgments of self and others for a more realistic and kinder outlook;
  • Find appreciation for the joys of others when you struggling with envy or jealousy;
  • Build loving kindness for those who are easy and for those who are not easy to be with;
  • Strengthen compassion for those who are suffering, including yourself.

Course Description

The classes involve discussion and experiential practices.  While invited, no one will be compelled to share.  You can speak as much or as little as you are comfortable.

In Class One, we will focus on situations or relationships where we feel unsettled, judging ourselves and/or others.  Practices will help us gain a more realistic view of ourselves and others, tuning into what we actually control in any situation and acknowledging that we are all imperfect.

All of the world’s wisdom traditions teach that envy and jealousy are harmful; yet, it is hard not to be envious of the person who gets the raise you wanted or who attracts others when you feel like a wallflower.  When we are jealous or envious, it is we who suffer.  In Class Two, we will focus on the antidote to envy and jealousy.

Class Three helps us to increase our loving kindness beyond those to whom we feel close, including people who are neutral—those we do not know well—and even those who are difficult for us.  And, Class Four involves building empathy in a way that does not create burnout while caring for those who are suffering, including yourself.

As all mindfulness practices, these must be practiced on an ongoing basis to become part of your life.

Cost:  $199 (scholarships available).   Register today!


Ann Friedman, Ph.D.

Additional Information


This class will be delivered through a hybrid of in-person and  Zoom, an online meeting tool. 

Mindful Being Studio
4544 Post Oak Place Dr., Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77027

*NOTE: Please be sure to type this address exactly into your navigation app as there are several variations of the Post Oak street name in our area. We want to be sure that you are specifically routed to our building.


There is free parking available in the front and rear of our office building. For students attending night classes, there is a security guard present in the building.

Please note that the building doors lock at 6pm, so you will need to enter through the back door of the building, where the security guard sits. 

Other Items to Note:

(Applies to both our Zoom online classes and the in-person classes at our studio)

Come as you are, and be comfortable. Some of our students may be in business attire, and others in workout clothes. 

Class is experiential and includes some teaching, as well as practices with discussion. No one is pressured to speak. 

We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before class starts. If you are going to arrive late, that it is fine, but it is best to be on time to be respectful of the group. We understand, however, that things can happen beyond your control and we would rather have you come late than not at all. 

If you will miss your class, please inform the instructor.  You may make up the class the next time the series is offered; or you may take the entire next series again for free.  Alternatively, you can pay for a private make-up session. 

You are allowed to bring food and beverages. We do offer water, tea, and coffee at our studio. 

There is no need to take notes. Our instructors will provide summaries of each class as handouts (or sent via email).

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