Rebecca Eldridge’s meditation practice, work, and life are fueled by the daily intent to live soft in a hard world. She practices under the guidance of her teacher, Pema Chödrön, who tells her, Keep going just as you are, and recently had a guided meditation produced by Shambhala Publications as part of an online course taught by Pema Chödrön: Making Friends with Yourself. She is one of a limited number of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teachers worldwide to receive full teacher certification through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMass Medical School, and is a founding board member of the Integrative Medicine Alliance of Coastal Virginia (IMACV), a nonprofit alliance of wellness professionals educating Coastal Virginians in health, healing, and happiness. Rebecca has extensive teaching and retreat experience, including lengthy solo retreats, and is also a registered 200-hour yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance). Before beginning her work in mindfulness, she taught full-time at Christopher Newport University.