OUR STORY: John & Roxy Wade, and Camille Tara
John Lykurgus Wade is the co-founder and senior instructor for Living Heart+Mind, an online platform launched in 2015 to provide the world’s first 8-week Online CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) course. CBCT® was developed by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD, the co-founder and Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, a multi-dimensional initiative launched in 1998 to bring together the foremost contributions of the Western scholastic tradition and the Tibetan Buddhist sciences of mind and healing. CBCT® is a systematic method for gradually training the mind until compassion becomes a spontaneous response, and is currently utilized in a wide variety of research studies, including an NIH-funded study examining the efficacy of compassion meditation on the experience of depression.
A student of contemplative neuroscience, John’s personal meditation practice began as he studied Kendo & Aikido, while stationed in Japan, in 1991. Following nearly 15 years of military service (Army & Navy), alcoholism, depression, a diagnosis of PTSD, and incarceration, John’s relentless pursuit to discover “what actually works" when it comes to cultivating lasting wellbeing led him to receive training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence (MBEI). John also received training from the American Psychological Association (APA) on The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness Into Psychology and the Helping Professions. John still felt an intuitive need to search for a more comprehensive approach to training the mind to promote wellbeing.
In 2014, John and his wife Roxy reached out to Timothy Harrison, the Assistant Director of CBCT® and Carol Beck, the Assistant Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership (ETP) to learn more about CBCT® and its ability to develop and cultivate well-being. Realizing compassion training’s (which includes “mindfulness") ability to foster prosocial mental states (including mental stability, resilience, gratitude, empathy, and compassion), John, and his wife Roxy, travelled from their home in the Hill Country of Central Texas to Atlanta Georgia to attend the CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) Foundation Course. Acceptance into the extensive CBCT Teacher Training program followed, led by Geshe Lobbing Tenzin Negi, PhD.
In 2015, John and Roxy, working with Timothy Harrison, and with the approval of Dr. Negi, led an initiative to bring CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) to an online platform, motivated by the wish to bring the program to a wider audience. And after months of research and experimentation, John and Roxy were given approval to launch the world’s first platform (Living Heart+Mind) to offer Online CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training).
While moving through the pain of ending a 5-year marriage, Camille Tara was introduced to CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) by her stepfather John and her mother Roxy. Camille attended one of Living Heart+Mind's first online CBCT® classes, which empowered her to apply the strengthened mental stability and clarity with more healthy perspective of the difficulty she was experiencing. Motivated by her newfound sense of empowerment and greater wellbeing, Camille decided to join the Living Heart+Mind team to help others. Camille now manages LHM's social media platforms and is the host of the new podcast: Living Heart+Mind unRefined.
Living Heart+Mind S T A F F
John Lykurgus Wade, Co-founder
& primary CBCT® Instructor
Roxy Wade, Co-founder & CBCT® Instructor
Camille Tara, Administration & Marketing