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Janet Sandman, founder of The Noble Dragonfly, is passionate about serving others. Shortly after retiring from her 21-year career as a cross-trained police officer, firefighter, and paramedic with the Highland Park Department of Public Safety, and after struggling to regain some normalcy in her life, Janet turned to mindfulness meditation to mitigate the effects of chronic stress accumulated during her tour of duty in Operation Desert Storm and her subsequent career in public safety.
After committing to a daily meditation and mindfulness practice and experiencing the profound physical, mental and emotional benefits, Janet was struck with how much she could have benefitted, personally and professionally, had she learned these skills earlier. At that moment, she knew she wanted to teach these simple and life-changing skills to others.
Janet has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida, is a McLean Meditation Institute Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor (CMMI), a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and has received training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Janet attained the rank of Captain with the Highland Park Department of Public Safety in Texas, held the rank of Major in the United States Army Reserve and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for exceptionally meritorious service during her tour of duty in Operation Desert Storm. She continues in her desire to serve others by offering mindfulness meditation and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training with integrity, compassion and a sense of humor.
Self-Compassion was the missing piece for me. Incorporating a little self-kindness into my daily life and daily meditation practice made all the difference in the world!