Our health—and indeed our entire lives—can be seen as the sum of all our
 moment-to-moment decisions.

–Kelly A. Turner

Season 2 Episode 44: Jen Johnson – Everyday Mindful

Jen Johnson is a mindfulness teacher and coach and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also a photographer and writer. Jen has been teaching mindfulness meditation and offering counseling for more than 30 years and has had a camera in her hand since she was seven years old. Her art is a contemplative inquiry into psychological space, place, memory, loss, longing, and narrative and an exploration of personal, social, and environmental healing.

Jen’s work as a meditation teacher and counselor helps people learn how to use mindfulness to fully embrace life’s joys and meet difficult times with a soft heart. From her counseling practice and her own experiences coping with her mother’s addictions, suicide attempt, and death from cancer three years later, she believes that sometimes our most intense struggles hold the potential for the greatest depth of healing and awakening. Jen’s areas of specialty include healing through grief, loss, transitions, dying, chronic illness, and pain.

Jen offers mindfulness training and coaching globally by phone and Skype and teaches throughout the U.S. She teaches people how to develop a regular mindfulness practice and integrate it into everyday life. When spoken language about difficult times feels inaccessible, Jen guides people in healing using photography and writing to explore their personal narratives.

Jen is the creator and director of Invisible Wounds of War, a project that brings veterans’ invisible wound

s to light through photography and writing. She has been a recipient of the North Carolina Humanities Council’s “Standing Together” grant to support the project. Jen was a 2017 recipient of the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County’s “Regional Artist Project Grant” to support her Ghost Trees photography exhibition. This exhibition weaves together an exploration of the environmental degradation of the Cape Fear River and her process of coming to terms with a midlife onset visual impairment.

Jen holds master’s degrees in counseling and rehabilitation counseling and an MFA in interdisciplinary arts with a focus on writing, photography, and art and healing. Her work has been featured on NBC News Better, NPR, PainPathways Magazine, Psychology Today, and Celiac Corner. She lives in Wilmington, N.C. She is currently working on a book manuscript about mindfulness and healing into life and death.