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 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 taken advanced courses with Tara and Jack Kornfied. I have attended day long workshops taught by Tara, Jonathan, Hugh Byrne, Sharon Salzburg and Stan Eisenstein. I am also a huge fan of Dharma Punx Josh Korda, and I also like Andrea Fella and Jill Shepherd.