JD Lloyd, MFA


JD Lloyd was first exposed to mindfulness meditation in 1994, when a friend recommended the plain-spoken inspiration in 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. Over the last three years he has participated in InsightLA’s dedicated Dharma study program.

JD is particularly drawn to Lovingkindness and Mindful Self-Compassion meditation practices as paths toward self-acceptance and open-hearted connection with others. He appreciates the outdoors and the arts – especially film, photography and poetry. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and enjoys weaving poetry and story-telling into his teaching.