Hello! Welcome to Cafe Meditation. I’ve put together this little bio so know you’re in good hands. I’ve been meditating for more than 25 years, and it’s absolutely changed my life. I’ve been teaching meditation for nearly two decades, which has also been transformative.
My Love Affair With Meditation Started Early
My first experience with meditation was when I was very young. I would sit in my backyard and let honeybees crawl on my toes. That experience – of being very still, completely present, and enthralled by life – was just the beginning.
In college, I attended a lecture on meditation. The next day I “taught” one of my friends to meditate. While this isn’t the way it’s supposed to work (because I had no idea what I was doing), it pointed to my future as a meditation teacher.
Later, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, I was deeply attracted to Buddhism, visiting lots of meditation caves and hanging around temples. I didn’t have a formal meditation practice, but did develop a healthy curiosity.
My relationship with meditation started in earnest around the time I turned 30. One morning I woke up from a deep sleep with one blazingly clear thought: “my mind, my body, and my spirit are completely disconnected!” That startling realization turned my world upside down and set me on a journey that continues today, more than 25 years later.
At the time I didn’t know anyone who meditated, so I devoured books and started meditating on my own, based on what I’d read. It felt pretty good, but I wasn’t sure I was doing it right, or how to progress.
About a year later I was fortunate to find a meditation group that I liked. Having a community made such a difference. Now I had people who could answer my questions and provide guidance.
Becoming a Teacher
I was always drawned to teaching, and in 1998 I was authorized to teach meditation in Shambhala. In 2010 I was appointed a Senior Teacher (Shastri) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala lineage, and served in this role until 2017. Over the years I’ve worked with hundreds of students – teaching many, many evening classes, weekend programs, and weeklong workshops, as well as working one-to-one with individual students, helping them join the practice of meditation with their everyday lives.
Working with Women
I love teaching meditation to individuals and groups, but I particularly like working with women – exploring the feminine aspects of meditation. Women also have a different way of communicating, which I want to celebrate. I hope you find Cafe Meditation a welcoming place where you can get the inspiration and support you need.
I’m so glad you’re here, and look forward to traveling the path of meditation together!
Your Cafe Meditation Barista