About John

John Shearer is an internationally recognised Australian Mindfulness Master. He conducts workplace training, workshops, one-on-one & group sessions and teaches those who have a desire to mentor & teach mindfulness. This is his story.

Gooday! – My journey begins in 1982 when I died in a horrific truck accident. Physical injuries were substantial but nothing compared to fifteen years of mental suffering. I was diagnosed with a mental illness and health professionals told me that I would never be cured, that I would have to take medication for the rest of my life and that I would never work again. I felt ashamed with my condition and refused to get help outside the ‘system’.

In 1997, I got my miracle when an old friend knocked on my door and told me his story. This put me on the road to recovery. I stepped from the darkness into the light with no more depression! However, my mind continued with unhelpful stories and negative self judgements. I learned to put up with a very busy mind and was able to live a ‘normal’ life again.

In 2009, I was trained as an ACT Therapist (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) by Dr Russ Harris. I started a personal mindful practice and my life was completely transformed. I now live with both peace of mind and clarity of mind. Later the same year, I moved to Grafton NSW and started part-time work with Juvenile Justice as a youth mentor (now retired) as well as starting my business, Mindfulness Coach. I also started an intensive study into the many aspects of mindfulness. In fact, 9,000+ hours over 8 years – that’s the reason I now call myself a Mindfulness Master.

I am very passionate about my purpose which is to help people with mental suffering. In 2011, I created a facebook page called Mindfulness Coach which now has almost 700,000 followers. In May 2014, I invited Australians with mental suffering to an online facebook event called Mindfulness Day. (1st Sunday in May) 4,700 people attended the month long event (Mindful May) and it was hugely successful with hundreds of lives transformed. The event became my book Mindful Actions which was launched on World Mental Health Day, 10th October, 2014. My book now has a worldwide distribution and I am constantly amazed with the positive feedback.

In 2015, I founded mindfullyMAD.org (mindfully Making A Difference) My vision became our vision as many other mindfulness mentors joined in. Our vision is world mental health without medication. Our mission is love, peace and happiness through the practice of mindfulness. Our objective is to lobby for mindfulness in schools. Our focus is prevention of mental suffering and suicide. It is a place to promote Mindfulness Day, find a mindfulness mentor and tell your story.

In 2016, I founded the Mindfulness Mentoring Institute. A mentor is a wise and trusted counsellor, teacher or coach. If this sounds like you, be sure to check out my certificate course, Keys to Mindfulness Mentoring.

I encourage you to dream, discover your purpose and live a mindful life. My hope is that you too, will experience the necessary mind shift that allows a deep connection with yourself and everyone around you. Life doesn’t get better by chance…it gets better by change!

Please feel welcome to contact me, especially if you need to get motivated or find your life purpose. I guarantee that just one session will give you a different perspective, a fresh outlook and will also get your mindful practice off to a flying start. You will also receive a copy of my book Mindful Actions, which will guide your transformation.

Always in Confidence ~ Phone 0418 864 162 ~ E-mail bemindful@outlook.com.au

Mindfully Yours with Love, Joy & Peace Always  ~ John

Please feel Welcome to contact me for Interviews or Public Speaking.

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Life/Business Coach, Mindfulness Mentor, Author, Speaker

  • Founder ~ mindfullyMAD.org (mindfully Making A Difference)
  • Founder ~ Mindfulness Mentoring Institute
  • Past President ~ Grafton Chamber of Commerce
  • Nominee ~ CVC Australia Day Awards 2016
  • Founder ~ Big River Riders Grafton.
  • Youth Mentor ~ Juvenile Justice. ( Now Retired)

Trading as Mindfulness Coach ~ Australian Business Number 4217 307 0953

16 thoughts on “About John

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  2. Hi John,
    You are doing wonderful work for humanity. Thanks for sharing your story! Mindfulness has helped me with anxiety and depression. Since childhood, I have always lived in fear and self doubt. Had low self esteem (I still struggle a little with this one) However, Mindfulness has helped me become aware of my own thought process and beliefs about myself and life. Yoga and Mindfulness have both taught me to be aware, learn to ground myself, and continue to learn to accept and love myself unconditionally so that I can love others unconditionally as well. I always wanted to help people and noticing the changes within self I trained in Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga teacher training at the same time. I feel as though I have found my true purpose with mindfulness and love teaching others. In fact I want to write a book about my own story and sending the message to others to believe in themselves and never give up on their dreams. I would still be suffering so much if it were not for mindfulness. THANKS again for all the work you are doing. Especially for letting all of us be a part of your journey. sincerely, Jennifer Namaste!

  3. Hi John

    I am from India..( West bengal.. city:Kolkata) …for the last one year I was trying to understand what mindfulness is.. what concsiousness is.. and the relation between mindfulness consciousness motivation meditation metaphysics . I suddenly found out a post in FB and from there searching the links I landed up here in your page. I feel I am blessed to have found you. You are doing such incredible work for humanity. Thank you so much. I wish to talk to you very soon. Stay well and blessed

  4. Hi John –

    I just followed a link for one of Searching For OM’s posts back to your website. I love what you are doing, particularly the giving back to the community. Thank you so much for sharing. Perhaps our paths will mindfully cross one day.

    Peace & OM-


  5. Hello, I just came apon your page while I was in need to practice what I believe. I am a 1st degree Reiki practitioner. Your story somewhat matches mine. After my third child was born by c-section, I started to hemorrhage. There are moments that I was watching from above. That was the day I began my search for answers. WHY am I here, what is my purpose and why do I have this special gift? My oldest son just had my first grandchild and I basically was told that I didn’t have an appointment to see her. I had to remind myself that when its my turn I will get to see her. In the moment. I had to remember my principles of Reiki. I picked up my tablet to numb my mind and I don’t know how, I fond your page. I will be following you daily to help me on my journey. Thank you

  6. Thank you John for the incredible insite on bringing mindfulness to the forefront of my mind. I am more aware and more focused.

    Having been diagnosed with adult ADD, I have learned to go to the right places for the tools I need to be the best that I can be.

  7. I am really enjoying your facebook page! I am an LPC in the states and work with a lot of DJJ adolescents. I teach mindfulness to a lot of my clients and your messages have help me to remember to stay replenished so that I may better serve my clients and others. I, too, am on a journey of mindfulness. I have had one near death experience (1984) and died for 15 minutes in 2011 on the table during open heart surgery. Like you, I feel that there is a reason for this. I wish you happy travels 🙂

  8. I have only just discovered you today on Facebook, I am a bereavement counsellor living and working in north wales uk, reading your articles has brought clarity to me in looking at how i gear my sessions actually in a coaching style, showing my clients the options they have at a time in their lives when they feel they have no options and bringing clarity into what is actually happening to them and of course why! I found your articles very helpful and insightful thank you for sharing your life experiences. I have received a gift today from you thank you Letitia x

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  11. Hi, I’m Rusty and its amazing how close our life story based on a traumatized event change our lives. a near drowning erased my memory, new state of mind was very close to being exactly like the process associated with Mindfulness, except I how no ability to feel apathy.
    Psychologist in different fields of practice couldn’t explain how I was able to over-come a childhood mental state which was diagnosed by two psychologists as being mentally retarded.
    Now, in my early fifties, I for the first time in my life have been able to open new feeling and emotions by living the Mindfulness process. A week ago, I came across a writing by Kabatt-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts on Mindfulness and my entire life finally made sense.
    How was I since a child able to live each day in this state of Mindfulness? Now I know my life time of over forties years using this mind-set can be taught to people struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, and most struggles in life, for some people will not be able to control their emotions.
    Once, has to feel compassion and have a great deal of patience to fully experience the true effects of Mindfulness. And I know it can be taught to a person who is ready to change their life.

  12. Hi, I follow you on Facebook. This was my first time reading your “About Me” section and your story is incredible. Your posts always make a difference for me and “remind me to be mindful”…..so yes, I can say that you were brought back for a reason. You’ve certainly helped me!

  13. Keeping it real, love the concept of coaching not counselling.

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