Keith W Fiveson

The Work Mindfulness Institute is on a mission to provide Mindfulness-Based Leadership Performance Coaching, Training, and Development to executives and leadership teams. Our Mindfulness-Based Interventions help strengthen resilience, engagement, and focus, for individuals, professionals, couples, and human beings that wish to live to their full potential and practice it.

I bring a lifetime of knowledge and experience to this profession. I have traveled extensively worldwide to 49 countries. I am an Interfaith MDiv, Spiritual Director of MettaTouch, an integrative health and wellness coach, a certified professional life and recovery coach (CARC), a contemplative/yoga therapist, and a meditation teacher.

I am a two-time cancer survivor/thriver who has practiced mindfulness and meditation for over 25 years. I prove that the practice is integral to a health and wellness regime. In this age of increasing stress levels, we all need a way to cope with emotions and find balance in an unbalanced world.

I bring over 30 years of executive coaching experience to my practice. I am an alumnus of Price Waterhouse Coopers. As the founder of my global consulting firm, IT Enabled Services Alliance, Inc. I was able to make the world a better place to live in by applying the practice of mindfulness in all of my affairs.

My professional and corporate life at British Telecom, AT&T, and MCI Telecommunications helped me create communication solutions to connect people and organizations globally as an early internet and automation solutions pioneer.  I am a U.S. Army Veteran who served proudly, receiving top-secret clearance with the Ballistic Missile Defense Communications Activity (BMDCA). Today, I am honored to be a Healthcare Ambassador for The Heroic Hearts Project and a student at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, to be certified as a Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Provider.

Through life experience, I have learned how to apply an integrative approach to be more present in mind, body, spirit, nutrition, sleep, environment, and relationships with the breath and mindfulness.

My Mindfulness-Based Integrative Health & Wellness Journey

In 1992, my journey began with Master Mantak Chia, in the USA and Thailand, who focused on Taoist Esoteric Yoga, see Qi (energy). In 1995, I studied with Swami Satchidananda, and became an Integral Yoga teacher.  My somatic education continued in Reflexology certification with Laura Norman, then a year later as a Thai Yoga therapist, getting certification in Thailand. 

Before 9/11, I started my M.Div at The New Seminary with Dr. Joseph Gelberman who helped shape my Interfaith perspective. After my M.Div and ordination, I created MettaTouch Ministry, to counsel, console, and consecrate various ceremonies, rites and rituals, from many spiritual paths, with individuals, couples, and aging adults.  

I have since been on a learning path and continue with my studies today. My mentor guides today are Dr. Robert Thurman, Dr. Joe Loizzo, Sharon Salzberg, Jon Kabbit-Zinn, Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Miles Neale, each of whom continues to influence my path and practice.

Further Background:

  • Integrative Psychiatry Institute (PATP) – June 2023
  • Contemplative Studies Program (2-year, Certificate Program) 
  • Kripalu, Center for Yoga & Health,  Adjunct Faculty – RISE Program
  • Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT)
  • NYS Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)
  • NYS Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, (CARC)
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy (CPC) – Nalanda Institute
  • Analyst for Emotional Intelligence (EI) –  Yale
  • M.Div.–Master’s Interfaith Studies, The New Seminary 
  • Reflexology Certification, The New York Open Center
  • Yoga Teacher Training – Integral Yoga Institute (IYI
  • Taoist Esoteric Yoga, Healing Tao, Certifications – Mantak Chia
  • Executive MBA/MIS – Fordham University
  • B.S. Marketing/Communications – St. Peter’s University

Our Papers | Articles

The Psychedelic Hero’s Journey

Psychedelics offer a unique lens through which to view the world. They provide access to inner realms that are normally hidden from view and reveal insights into the nature of reality itself. One of the most profound aspects of psychedelics is their ability to...

Psychedelics and Mindfulness – The Future of Mental Health?

Throughout history, groups, cultures, religions, and spiritual traditions, worldwide, have looked to breathwork and the use of psychedelic plant medicines to heal, grow, and transform the human experience. In this article, we look at the sacredness of the breath, and...

Improve Customer Service – With Mindfulness. 3 Steps to Take

It's no secret that customer experience is very important to businesses. The customer experience can be defined as the totality of a person's perceptions and responses that are associated with an organization or its products, services, employees, and operations....

How Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Human Compassion Interact

This article is about how technology, artificial intelligence (AI), human compassion interact with each other when it comes down to is providing the best possible mindful experience. The future of customer service lies in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Using AI in...

Developing Secure Attachments

In this article, I will summarize attachment theory and how it creates a blueprint for relationships. If you follow the links, you'll learn why people are attracted to certain types of personalities and the pitfalls that come with an unhealthy relationship style (I'm...

Mindfulness: The Role of Mindfulness in Working with People Who Have Insecure Attachments

The role of mindfulness in working with people who have insecure attachments and how it can reduce addictive and compulsive behaviors, or impulsive actions, anger, etc. is important to understand. Mindfulness has been defined as "paying attention on purpose—in the...

How Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Human Compassion Interact

This article is about how technology, artificial intelligence (AI), human compassion interact with each other when it comes down to is providing the best possible mindful experience. The future of customer service lies in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Using AI in...

Find Nothing with Mindfulness

Mindfulness is not for everyone.  It asks us to step away from the movie of our lives and ask ourselves, as the star of our own show, who are you? Are you your name, your job, your height, your experiences, the sum total of your life, or is there more to you?  Are you...

Mindfully – Recovering from Trauma

Who amongst us has not had a terrible response to a situation?  It may be something simple, from when you were a kid.  When mommy and daddy left you to go to the bathroom.  Or, it could have been your average television show, where you watch a person, who gets killed,...

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