What if you could have an easier time with difficult emotions?

​The ones that get under your skin and lodge in your brain.

That rattle and unseat you.


What if you could do emotions differently? 

Plug into a modality that brings real relief?



Mindfulness of body sensation holds the key to undoing strong emotion.

  • Recognise the body’s specific response to emotional distress.

  • Cultivate the right mindful strategies.

  • Learn skills that don't amp you up or add to the load.

When you're going through a rough patch

It’s no use teetering around on high heels or tiptoeing barefoot through the bindiis.

It’s no use charging through eyes-closed, fists clenched, either.

Let’s pull on our big-girls' bloomers and get down to work.

It’s a lot more pleasant and doable than you think!

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Fortnight One (weeks 1 & 2)

    • We tend to dodge difficult emotions, push them away or bury them under a pile of distraction. What if we could use the very sensations of emotions to ride gently through them?

    • This fortnight's content

  2. 2
    • Fortnight Two (weeks 3 & 4)

    • Embodied Mindfulness gives us a suite of techniques for sticking around until an emotion loses puff and departs.

    • This fortnight's content

    • Jill Bolte-Taylor youtube link The 90 second life cycle of an emotion

  3. 3
    • Fortnight Three (final weeks 5 & 6)

    • Could it be that pain is unavoidable but suffering optional? Do we add insult to our own injury unknowingly? In Mindfulness it's called throwing the Second Dart.

    • This fortnight's content.

  4. 4
    • At the conclusion of the six weeks

  5. 5
    • Self-learning: access the learning material over the six weeks in your own timeframe.

    • Make use of the audio practices during the fortnight.

Hi, I'm Shakti Burke, mindfulness consultant.

With decades in the field (and real-life!) I would love to introduce you to this mindfulness-based tool that gently transforms challenging emotional situations. 


  • For You

    You're struggling with an issue, crisis or life event at the moment, which is bringing you grief.

  • For you

    You'd like to get a handle on the confusing emotions that are knocking you around. Surely there's a better way?

  • For You

    You're going through a rough patch. Or, you'd like to onboard skills for life's next rough patch.


    Not for during serious psychotic episodes.


Embodied Emotions course, Kyogle 2020

Anne C.

Attending to body sensations firstly, then allowing them and not resisting them gave me immense relief. Previously I’d thought that difficult emotions needed to be avoided (and it is wonderful that sensations themselves do pass!) Now I realise that denying my difficult emotions through fear, and having no useful tools to deal with them, had compounded the problem.

Life changing!

Eliza S

Learning to listen to (and trust) body sensations has been life changing, as has becoming an observer of my feelings and thoughts. Under stress I used to freeze, and it just felt like I had no clue how to react. Now I can take my attention to whatever sensation is noticeable, I watch sensations and thoughts come and go. I’ve connected to the core part of me that is bigger than these. The embodied mindfulness methods are now part of how I am in the world, tools I use every day. Like riding a bike, once I got it, I got it. Shakti has equipped me with skills that now seem indispensable.

The body is always involved in emotion.

Strong emotions have a real physical impact. Visceral. We feel "tied up in knots" ... "flattened" ... "sick to the stomach".

Or perhaps butterflies in the stomach, or a soft longing ache in the heart. 

Physical sensation and emotion go together. In one package.


A package we can unpack.

Coz mindfulness is not just about being present.

It’s a tool to leverage emotional challenges. 

Undo the knots. Loosen the binds.

What plays in the mind plays in the body

Distress sensations in the body drive our reactions.

Emotional stress fuels our urgency, despair, indignation, feeling wronged, wanting revenge. 


The longer physical sensations are ignored, the more emotions go into overdrive. 

Unknowingly we hype up the situation and add to our load. 


To have an easier time with emotions we need to start with the body. 

It’s very possible and doable. 


It’s just that you haven’t learned how. 



$130 per person

Join me in a small online group. 

Just four people. Over six weeks, August -September 2022. 

Includes four live group Zoom calls of 1.5 hours each. One at the start, one at the end, and two in between.  Ongoing guided course work via the thinkific platform.  I will hold your hand, and make sure it is not too challenging or overwhelming. You will come away with an effective set of tools that come to your rescue again and again in your emotional life. As they have in mine.

Optional additional one-on-one coaching $60 for 45 minutes. 

Confidentiality is an important value in this course to protect participants' privacy.

This course builds on a face-to-face program I presented in my local community in 2020 upon my graduation from a two-year certification with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program.


Shakti Burke, Mindfulness Consultant

Shakti Burke

Your instructor Shakti Burke has a successful track record teaching mindfulness-related disciplines. Her online offerings bring you the content she has honed and developed in face-to-face classes over the decade. Her early training includes study and residency at Bihar School of Yoga, India (1988-1990), followed by Siddhartha’s Intent global Buddha-dharma (since 1999). She recently graduated from the two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with the renowned Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield (2021). Shakti has created two picture books 'Rest is Best' and 'ZapZap Brain Snap: Meet the Amygdala', available on Amazon or through joyfulmind.net.au. She has taught and practised yoga for nearly forty years.