About Mindful Zen

barrie davenport sitting at table

Hi, I’m Barrie Davenport. I’ve been a writer and blogger since 2009 on my self-improvement site, Live Bold and Bloom. I’m the author of a number of bestselling books (two Wall Street Journal bestsellers), including Peace of Mindfulness, Mindful Relationship Habits, 10-Minute Mindfulness, Declutter Your Mind, The Mindfulness Journal, The Gratitude Journal, and Mindful Parenting.

  • Author of 7 mindfulness books and journals.
  • Creator of Mindful Meditators, meditation support card deck
  • Creator of 6 personal growth courses
  • Founder of top-ranked blog, Live Bold and Bloom
  • Certified personal coach

My interest in mindfulness and meditation began in my 30s when I read (Buddhist practitioner and mindfulness teacher) Jack Kornfield’s book, After the Ecstasy, The Laundry.

Over the next few decades, I’ve followed many other mindfulness and meditation experts and have become a regular practitioner myself, continuing to learn and grow in my practice. 

Now I want to share with you here on Mindful Zen what I’ve learned in my research, book writing, and personal practices.

How My Work Will Support You

If you are a beginning mindfulness practitioner, or you’ve been practicing mindfulness for many years, my goal is to help you develop and enrich your practice so that you:

  • Become more self-aware and self-compassionate 
  • Reduce emotional suffering
  • Reduce rumination and intrusive thoughts
  • Savor the small moments of life more fully
  • Learn to be more engaged in the present moment
  • Improve your physical health and well-being
  • Enhance your interpersonal and relational skills
  • Boost resilience and coping skills
  • Enhance creativity and focus
  • Live with more happiness and gratitude

With you, I want to explore insights, ideas, and practices that help us better cope with the stressors of modern life and find calm and inner peace to keep us grounded, balanced, and content in every moment (or as many moments as possible).

I want to help you develop the habit of mindfulness so that it is a natural and welcome element of your daily activities, thoughts, and awareness. I also introduce concepts and practices that you may not have examined previously so that you can explore mindfulness with more curiosity and depth of knowledge.  

What would it be like if I could accept life – accept this moment – exactly as it is? “-Tara Brach

Most of the information and ideas I write about aren’t my own. They are ideas I discover, try to practice myself, and share here after many hours of reading and research. I look for insights from a wide variety of experts, teachers, authors, practitioners, and regular people who are committed to being more mindful.

As I curate and expound on this information, my goal is to make it easily applicable to your life and the struggles you encounter every day. 

I hope you’ll find the information I share here as useful and beneficial for you as it has been for me. 

You can start by reading this article or checking out my books and products