I am a faculty member of the Community Meditation Center in NYC and am certified to teach mindfulness meditation by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
Perhaps you've been interested in meditation, but you don't know where to begin or you have questions about your meditation practice and how to be with what surfaces. Maybe, you find yourself lost in the fog of an all-consuming emotional state or disheartened by the presence of acute and/or chronic pain. I imagine some of you may prefer meditating in the comfort of your own home or taking a class online with a group of close friends. Thanks to the internet and a variety of on-line platforms, we can work together in one-on-one sessions or as a group despite living in different places!
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There are a variety of ways to practice meditation. Focusing on your breath is just one example, and yet I know people who've turned away from meditation because they loathed that technique. I bring a playful sense of curiosity and kindness to these practices, and I work with clients to adapt these practices to help support their needs. After all, this is an experiential and experimental practice. It's one that requires patience, courage and... a sense of humor. In short, I think Anne Lamott's witty and insightful words say it all, "My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I try not to go there alone."
Furthermore, my teachings and guided meditations are infused with my background and training in Somatic Experiencing, which is a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and stress disorders. For those of us with traumatized nervous systems, practices like "turning towards" and "being with" our experience can feel threatening and could lead to overwhelm and re-traumatization if there is not adequate support. So, I bring a trauma-sensitivity to meditation sessions because trauma is unfortunately so pervasive in our society. And yet, learning how to be with our experience, rather than flee from it, creates the conditions for resilience, health and healing to flourish.
*Please note, being guided through a mindfulness meditation session by MetaMinds is not psychotherapy or a substitute for psychotherapy. MetaMinds is not diagnosing, prescribing for or treating any physical or mental ailments or conditions.