Jill Spiewak Eng
The Myth of Doing by Maine writer Jill Eng

Jill Spiewak Eng

Jill Spiewak Eng is experienced in meditation, aspects of Buddhism and Hinduism, and is the founder of the mindfulness practice she calls Mindful Reality. She has self-published 2 books presenting this work, Body Over Mind: a mindful reality check, attaining psychological freedom by confronting thought with reality, and The Myth of Doing: managing guilt, shame, anxiety regret and self-judgment. This is a self-inquiry practice that combats anxiety, depression and stressful thoughts that stem from worry, self-blame and the belief that we must do something to fix our lives. Grounded in what she calls our “physical reality,” we learn to counter inner judgment and "should" thoughts with an awareness that we must always be doing whatever we are doing. Negative thoughts that make us feel like we are not living our lives correctly are put up against the knowledge that we can each only do the things we are doing in each moment, as anything else is physically impossible. Acceptance and inner validation are the results. After completing Body Over Mind, Eng was propelled into research around the findings of neurophysiologist Benjamin Libet, who in 1983 discovered that a volitional signal for action shows up in the brain before a person is conscious of the intention to act. As this implies an automaticity to human behavior that her first book addressed, Eng was moved to explore the neuroscientific and philosophical studies that have evolved since Libet’s revelation, which carried her into the dialogue regarding free will that her second book thoroughly confronts. Her writings have thus expanded into a synthesis of mindfulness, eastern studies, philosophy and science. Eng is currently working on a third book and actively writes articles on her blog. In addition to developing this mindfulness practice, Jill Eng has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique under Alexander Technique International (ATI) since 1998. She has taught privately in NYC and Portland, ME, and offered group work in many health care centers and colleges throughout southern ME. Eng has also been a professional modern dancer since 1989, and has performed, taught and choreographed extensively in Boston, NC, NYC and Maine. She also holds a combined Master's degree in International Relations and Communications, and has worked in the field of International Development.