I began meditating in 2015 as a way to alleviate my depression and anxiety. Meditation, the Dharma and the Sangha have become foundations of my life. Mindfulness has taught me how to slow down, to not hold things too tight or too loose, and to truly be in-tune with my body. The ability to have present moment awareness, wisdom, compassion, and the courage to hold these felt-sense feelings can be transformational and liberating.
Now, I can better experience all emotions (fear, hatred, greed, delusion, attachment, guilt, grief, jealousy, elation, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity). Relationships with my friends, coworkers, loved ones and family are more authentic and alive.
I have been teaching the Friday night Heart Practices Meditation Class since September 2018, and facilitating the Dharma Book Club since March 2018. I also teach a Monthly Workshop at the Frederick Meditation Center. Past workshops have been on the following topics: Joy, Gratitude, Building Blocks for Transformation, RAIN, and Mindful Dialogue. I take inspiration from my students for the content of future workshops.
I regularly attend Jonathan Foust’s Monday night dharma talk in Arlington and Tara Brach’s Wednesday dharma talk in Bethesda. I co-facilitate Jonathan’s post talk Discussion Group (aka Mindful Dialogue). I attend Adam Silcott’s Sunday morning meditation class in Frederick. I co-host a KM (Kalyana Mitta) Group in Frederick. I have attended day long workshops taught by Tara, Jonathan, Hugh Byrne, Sharon Salzburg and Stan Eisenstein. My guiding dharma teachers that I follow are Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Joseph Goldstein, Oren Jay Sofer, Josh Korda, and Jill Shepherd.
I am currently enrolled in Tara Brach's and Jack Kornfield's 2 year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certified Program (MMTCP). I will be a mentor in Jonathan Foust's Year of Living Mindfully that starts in the fall of 2019.