Philosophy
 

 
Meditation is not a luxury or a self-indulgent activity. It is as vital to healthy living and optimal aging as exercising and eating right.
— Peter Buecker, MD

Life is hard. Meditation doesn't have to be.  In my own exploration, what I found was that many teachers make it much harder than it has to be.  There is this idea that if you are not overly austere, rigid, and having difficulty, then you are not doing it right.  

I have found the opposite is true.  The more I engage with curiosity, sitting comfortably, and even having a sense of humor about it, the more benefit I seem to gain.  Do not be mistaken, meditation still requires effort, just like walking on a treadmill or planning and preparing a meal for yourself.  But, it does not have to be any harder than that.

In fact, my approach to teaching meditation is to teach what you need to be skillful in everyday life.  Whether it is being less emotionally reactive, less tense in your body, able to calm and rest your mind so you can sleep, or even re-program the way you think, act, and process stress and emotions, it is all available through a simple set of instructions.

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I do not adhere to a single philosophy or tradition of meditation, and here is why:  I learned meditation at a time in my life when I needed it.  Plain and simple.  My house of cards had burned to the ground, and I needed to pick myself back up, figure out who I was and what I wanted in life, and what happiness was really all about.  

And I found it.

But, to get what I needed, I had to piece together practices, teachings, and context from multiple teachers and traditions.  I asked myself, what are all of these teachers and traditions really pointing to, and how can I use what I have learned to make this available to people living busy, everyday lives in the "real world?"

I teach meditation as a life skill that I think everyone should know.  We all have bodies and minds and emotions and some search for meaning, connection, and purpose in life.  In my experience, there is no practice more powerful to support you in ALL of these domains than the practice of meditation.  I'd love to share it with you. 

That being said, I give a high level of personal attention and service to those I teach.  Therefore, I only work with people who:

  • Are truly committed to learning meditation to transform their lives for the better

  • Are teachable, engaging, and ready to learn

  • Who understand the meditation is an art, and not just a relaxation technique

  • Who are respectful of the needs and struggles of other people

  • and Who are ready for a teacher who will guide and support them for life

For these reasons, I don't post programs and just have you sign up.  I speak personally to each person who is ready to learn to ensure that we are an appropriate fit for one another.  If you  feel you are ready, click the link and pick your time.  You will then be directed to a brief application form.  Once this is complete, you only have to answer your phone at the time you chose.  

In the call, which will last about 45 minutes, we will accomplish 3 things together:

1. Discover why you are here now -

2. Get a vision of what your life can realistically look like with the benefits of meditation 

3.  The process by which you will get you there