JD Lloyd was first exposed to mindfulness meditation in 1994, when a friend recommended the plainly-spoken inspiration of Steven Levine’s Book A Gradual Awakening. He is a long-time member of the InsightLA Meditation Community, where he teaches Essentials of Mindfulness classes and leads mindfulness sitting groups. JD has received specialized training to conduct Mindful Self-Compassion courses, which he facilitates at InsightLA, University of Southern CA, and the Cancer Support Community’s Benjamin Center.
JD is particularly drawn to Lovingkindness and Mindful Self-Compassion meditation practices as paths towards self-acceptance and open0hearted connection with others. He appreciates the outdoors and the arts – especially film, photography, and poetry. he holds a Master of Fine Arts degree inCreative Writing and enjoys weaving poetry and story-telling into his teaching.