Why meditate?

You sense there's another way to live, but you're not sure know how or where to begin

Since you're here, chances are you have this desire within to experience your life in another way than you do right now.  You may know the exact feeling you're missing from you life - a feeling of joy, connection, and meaning - but you don't know what it would take to get you there. You've felt stressed and stretched and beyond your capacity to find the stillness you know you need to find your center. You may be overwhelmed by events in your life, and in the world, and feel powerless to know how to influence them. You've also likely heard something about mindfulness in the media, or from a friend, and you're curious to know how it might impact your life.  You may believe somewhere that it "might not work for you", but you can't help but wonder if this is something that could change how you live your life.

One way I like to think about mindfulness is this: it's a way of experiencing that is always accessible to us.  To you, and to me, right now.  In THIS very moment. And I think most of us sense this.  We've experienced it when we've found ourselves in the midst of natural beauty, and it was as if time stopped.  You could sense the sun's warmth on your skin, feel the sensation of wind, and smell the greenery around you. You tilted your head up and breathed in the world.

And for that moment, your taxes didn't matter, that fight with your partner didn't matter, that funny mole on your back didn't matter, and all you did was be there, in your body, in that moment.  Without judgment, without resistance, without a million thoughts rumbling around in your head. Stripped of all the ways you usually feed your monkey mind, and distract yourself from the unhappy things in life, just in the body, in that moment.

And just like that, you experienced mindfulness. Total presence. Thoughts aligned with reality.  Open. Interested.

This experience doesn't need to be a happy accident, dependent on the world around us to be as we want it before we can feel our center, and feel at peace. We can find that freedom now, in this moment, regardless of what's happening. Even in deeply painful moments, like in grief.  Christians call this, "the peace that surpasses all understanding."

And, please take this to heart, the mindfulness we grow our capacity to experience through meditation does not turn away from conflict, or deny the reality of challenging situations in our lives and in the world, that need to be confronted. What it does do, however, is bring us back to ourselves so that we can respond to those situations in our lives and in the world with humanity, integrity, clarity and wisdom. **

Mindfulness can be an intentionally cultivated experience that requires only this from you: to show up and do the work. 

But I'm here to help.  I teach now because I live and breathe the benefits of meditation (the tool) and mindfulness (the practice and the experience) in my life.

If you're interested to learn more, and maybe study with me, stick around. I hope I can provide something helpful to you.

Mindfulness is more than just a popular movement.  It's an invitation to understand and heal your life and your world.

I'm dedicated to helping you start exactly where you are, and to making the process of discovery creative, engaging, inspiring, and even fun!