Short Biography

Lou Carcasole – P. Eng., MBA, M. Ed.  I began my Mindfulness training with teacher Shinzen Young in 1987 and started teaching it in 1996. Over the years, I’ve taught Mindfulness to thousands on people. In 1999, I trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and learned about the MBSR. From the beginning, I’ve want to know whether I was actually making a difference in people’s lives ow whether we were just having a good time together. To do this, I began measuring results as objectively as possible, using tools that I got from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s training program that attempt to quantify changes occurring as a result of the teaaching. The results have ALWAYS been positive, almost always impressive, and sometimes spectacular.

Lou CarcasoleI have an engineering background. Engineers are known for being practical, down to earth, nuts-and-bolts kind of people. I feel this background is useful in that it helps me to talk about Mindfulness in ways that are clear, simple, and readily understandable.

I have a business background. If you are part of a business organization, I understand your language. I know what business is about because I’ve been there. I also know that helping people to reduce the stress in their lives, is not only the right thing to do – individually and for everyone in the organization, but that it makes solid business sense. When you look at the math – Mindfulness has got to be one of the best investments anyone and any organization could make, no matter what bottom line measure is used.

I have a background in adult education.  More specifically, in Human Resources Development. That is to say – how to grow an organization or business, by helping its members grow and function at a higher level. In this regard, my background includes such areas as psychology, behavioral science, leadership, and group development.

Mindfulness is sometimes referred to as Buddhist Psychology. To understand Mindfulness is to understand human behavior in a very different way compared to the more traditional schools of psychology we’re familiar with in the western world. This understanding is useful to help people adapt to change and to help bring about positive changes within themselves. Although there are many teachers with more knowledge and experience that I do, I think I have a reasonably solid grasp of Mindfulness to obtain the results I have achieved.

If you want to know even more about me – how an engineer became a Mindfulness Meditation teacher, you can read my longer biography.