“There is no way to peace, peace is the way.”A.J. Muste
Meditation is one of the most valuable practices available to transform our lives. All too often many of us are focused on being productive and managing our demanding day to day lives. As a result, we experience greater levels of stress, fatigue, and also disconnection from a sense of peace. Meditation allows the mind to relax and settle, it encourages our inherent qualities of stability, clarity, and calm to emerge.
By cultivating inner peace, and deep connection, we can access the best of
ourselves and learn to live from this place. Innumerable studies have proven the positive impact meditation has on our health and wellbeing. It has been used effectively for thousands of years and there is ever-growing scientific evidence that shows both the immediate and long term benefits.
In addition, meditation has been used therapeutically and has been known for its stress relieving benefits; including lowering cortisol (a stress hormone) and
changing the autonomic nervous system for the better (heart rate, respiration).
And it’s even known to promote happiness! Neuroscientists have found it
improves learning, cognition, memory, emotional regulation and sleep.
Meditation has been known to:
- Initiate a transformative process
- Balance and quiet the mind
- Develop awareness and clarity
- Provide training in being present
- Recalibrate our energies
- Teach us how to let go
- Cultivate courage
- Be deeply restorative and rejuvenating
Learn to Meditate
Are you interested in meditation? Do you want to learn how to meditate but don’t know where to begin? I will guide you step by step. Meditation is easy to learn and can be incorporated into any lifestyle or busy schedule.
There are many wonderful and effective forms of meditation. I teach Shamatha sitting meditation as taught by the Buddha. Shamatha is a Sanskrit term meaning “calm abiding”. It is the practice of training the mind to be present, settling into the here and now, and letting go.
You will learn the fundamentals; how to settle into your meditation practice, how to sit, position your body and posture, how to align with your breath (conscious breathing), and how to work with your mind and thoughts. Ultimately, you will gain a clear understanding of what meditation is, how it works, and how to start and establish an effective meditation practice.
“Meditation is about a compassionate openness and the ability to be with oneself and one’s situation through all kinds of experiences. In meditation you’re open to whatever life presents you with. It’s about touching the earth and coming back to being right here.”Pema Chodron
I first learned to meditate when I was 5 years old, I remember feeling and exclaiming it was “one of the best days of my life!” I loved learning to meditate as a child, and then as a teen I had the fortune of being taught several illuminating forms of meditation that profoundly changed my life. My devotion continued to flourish which led me to the Shambhala Meditation Center in Seattle where I formally trained for 4 years.
I deeply value meditation, and have had a dedicated and consistent practice for many years. It continues to inspire me, and I feel privileged to share its benefits.
I provide private one-on-one and group meditation instruction.