Hi! I’m Amy. I love to talk with people about how they can grow into living happier and healthier lives.
I’m an unshakable optimist, teacher, author, and entrepreneur dedicated to helping you discover fully and completely that you are enough, even when you’re not perfect.
I created this business, Compassionate Balance Meditation, to help you explore and discover methods for incorporating acceptance and compassion into daily life.
Developing the qualities of strength to weather challenges, courage to take action, gratitude and acceptance of our ever-changing world, and resilience to grow in the face of difficulties supports a wide range of goals — from improving personal and work relationships, enhancing our health and wellbeing, to making a positive difference in the world.
Creating a daily meditation habit is crucial to developing peace of mind, contentment, and compassion. Regular practice might include sitting on a cushion, but may also be cultivated through informal practices such as looking for acts of kindness around you, expressing gratitude regularly throughout the day, or taking a moment to calm the mind and breathe.
Join one of our compassion meditation classes and start living your life with peace of mind and resilience!
This program combines the essence of mindfulness and loving kindness with awareness of our internal energy (qi). We explore methods for deepening self-acceptance, self-appreciation, and compassion for self and others. Through instruction, discussion, and use of practical techniques, we explore ways to cultivate a vibrant, authentic, and positive life.
Blending Buddhist and Taoist philosophy with contemporary psychology and research, this curriculum draws from Stanford University’s Compassion Cultivation Training and Amy’s 20+ year Taoist background. Available in either a multi-week or weekend format, this program is offered in-person and online. Check the schedule for program dates.
“How do we increase the collective compassion around us? It begins with us. Self-compassion cultivated through intentional practice. Amy Pattee Colvin expertly guides her students through the steps for developing compassion for ourselves, laying the groundwork for sharing compassion with those around us. I appreciate the practical techniques and interactive mediation practices, incorporating movement, to assist our minds in maintaining focus. Amy is a gifted teacher exuding compassion. Give yourself the gift of compassion by taking this course. If this course were not offered online, I would not have been able to attend. The online format was effective and creates unparalleled availability.” ~ Connie Baker, MS, CHTP, Co-creator of the Wong-Baker FACES ® Pain Rating Scale
If you desire positive personal growth, are willing to authentically share challenges and successes, and enjoy supporting others in their development this program is for YOU! These weekly small group video calls and private discussion forum provide motivation, challenge, and support. This is a unique opportunity to engage with a community of like-minded people focused on personal growth, self-acceptance, and wellbeing.
“Frankly, I wasn’t sure I’d be comfortable with this group. What a wonderful surprise to recognize immediately that I have so much to gain from being part of a like minded group of people. I’m really excited about this and feel that I can relate to each of these people and their struggles and feel encouraged with you as our leader as I can also SO relate to the stories you’ve shared about your past and what you’ve overcome. It gives me hope that there is a way through the murk!” Dana Bassen
This is an eight-week program, designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being. CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion, and was developed at Stanford University Medical School’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers. Check the schedule for program dates.
“I really liked the class structure: the meditation, large group discussion, and small group exercises. Amy’s had a great sense of timing and used humor as well as warmth and compassion to bring our group together and keep us on track and focused. I learned I CAN meditate! It became easier and easier helping me have a deeper understanding of self. I feel more calm, present, and less judgmental; happier in little small ways throughout the day.” ~ Linda Delaney.
This is an opportunity to explore new ways of cultivating your inner-wisdom. It is not traditional life coaching or therapy, rather it is an opportunity to explore and cultivate tools and techniques to help you develop a more content and vibrant life.
We will work together to help you create a thriving meditation practice and discover your potential. With guidance you can reconnect with your inner wisdom to find peace, contentment, vitality, and joy.
“I have no doubt Amy walks this walk. She brought personal experience to every session. I loved the ideas for informal practices and found I used them every day. I discovered I had more presence of mind to calm myself in a moment. Whether it was being compassionate with myself or taking a moment to breathe before engaging with a difficult person or situation.” ~ Sandra Nelson