“Meditation is not about trying to get anywhere else. It is about allowing yourself to be exactly where you are and as you are, and for the world to be exactly as it is in this moment as well.”
” More than anything else, I have come to see meditation as an act of love, an inward gesture of benevolence and kindness towards ourselves and toward others, a gesture of the heart that recognizes our perfection even in our obvious imperfection, with all our shortcomings, or wounds, our attachments, our vexations, and our persistent habits of unawareness.”
“Mindfulness can be thought of as moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a specific way, in the present moment, and as non-reactively, as non-judgmentally, and as open-heartedly as possible.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, “Coming To Our Senses”
I’ve been a meditator since I was in my 20’s when I took my first yoga class. At that time I only acknowledged it as final relaxation after a soothing, physical work-out. As life went on and my professional world developed, the mind/body connection continued to fascinate me and I experienced many shifts and changes that occurred as my meditation practice deepened. 17 years ago I went through the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santarelli which was life-changing and helped me really integrate meditation and mindfulness into my work with people.
Many people still associate meditation with beads, crystals and Buddhists. While that isn’t a totally inaccurate notion, the science and benefits that people who meditate experience is FAR beyond that and accessible to everybody, no matter what your politics or beliefs are.
Meditation and mindfulness, the ability to be fully awake and present to the moments of your life, offers far-reaching benefits, psychologically, physically, and socially. The amount of scientific and medical data reinforcing this is very exciting!
I love teaching this practice to people and witnessing the life-changes that come about from it.