Loch Kelly

Loch Kelly – BHNN Guest Podcast Contributor

Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is an educator, contemplative psychotherapist and recognized leader in the field of meditation and consciousness. He is the author of Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness which was named “Top 10 Best Books of the Year” by Spirituality & Health Magazine. Loch is the founder of the non-profit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, where he received a fellowship to study Insight Meditation, Advaita, and Tibetan Buddhism in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal. Loch trained with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in Nepal, served on the Teacher’s Council at New York Insight and is affiliated with Adyashanti.

Loch has worked in community mental health, established homeless shelters and counseled family members after 9/11 in New York City. He collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU to study how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing.  He teaches the advanced, yet simple, direct methods of effortless mindfulness, informed by psychology and social engagement. Loch is known for his warm sense of humor, and his confidence that awakening is the next natural stage of development. He is dedicated to reducing suffering and supporting people to live from open-hearted awareness. He offers practical, non-dual pointers, which give people tools to shift into the freedom of their true nature. He lives in New York City with his wife Paige and their cat Duffy. For more information, http://www.effortlessmindfulness.org/