Join us on Zoom until we return to our regular space at 106 Marshall Court Unit 120 for an opportunity to sit with the community. Each session will begin with a 20 - 40 minute meditation followed by a short discussion and opportunity for mindful sharing. See the website for Mindful Sharing instructions. The session will be hosted by one of the community members on a rotational basis. Newbies, beginners and seasoned practitioners welcome. Suggested Donation $3 - $5.
In Alphabetical Order
I am a seven year practitioner of meditation with a belief that mindfulness and insight support dharma teachings in everyday life. Consistent with Shambala teachings, the ground of my practice is a belief in Basic Goodness. The 16th Karmapa summarized the teachings of the Buddha as "Everything changes". I am also a life-long musician, performing on violin throughout my youth, and presently playing viola for my own pleasure. I am a retired special education teacher with an ongoing interest in childhood literacy.
I started yoga to heal my body and progressed to mindfulness and meditation for peace of mind. It is an enjoyable continuing journey that I like to share with others. At the drop-in meetings we all learn something each time.
I was first introduced to mindfulness back in the 70’s when I was in V.I.S.T.A. and read Be Here Now by Ram Das and books by Hermann Hesse, but it wasn’t until 2003 that I took my first meditation class. For several months I went to a weekly practice with a local Buddhist monk but when the class ended, so did my practice. Later, after teaching school for so many years, I was feeling extremely stressed trying to juggle career, family, and studio, never having enough time to feel good about anything and working all the time just to keep up. Luckily I was able to transition to part-time work at school and began taking yoga classes, trying to find a more peaceful way of being, eventually becoming a yoga teacher. After studying yoga and meditation with Meditation teacher Catherine Ibsen for seven years, I began teaching meditation in 2017.
Meditation and Mindfulness are an important part of my life. I enjoy sharing both with others that have a similar interest or curiosity about either. Drop In Meditation is a good place to satisfy a curiosity regarding Meditation.
I'm a certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher who is interested in making meditation practice and Buddha's wisdom more accessible to everyone. I'm also finishing off my Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, and enjoy exploring the latest research on mindfulness, meditation and kindness. I'm honored to be a member of the Bhavana Community and one of the rotating hosts for Drop-In Meditations.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” -Rumi.