Here is a bit of background on my lifelong interest in meditation and the experiences that shaped my approach to spiritual practice.
The kid reading meditation books for fun
Long before I knew what a calling or purpose was, I was drawn to meditation and spirituality. Years before I would hear the word “empath”, I knew I was unusually attuned to the feelings and energies of others. This sometimes felt more like a curse than a blessing. Fortunately it would set me on a path toward connecting more deeply with people and wanting to help however I could.
In my teens and 20s, I became serious about martial arts. I trained for hours every day. What started as a physical, and largely ego-driven pursuit for what my body could do, eventually evolved into a more inward, spiritual practice and a code of conduct for how to behave out of the dojo. I realized that all the practice in the world is useless unless you’re able to apply it in the real world. When people try to beat you up, literally or figuratively. When life tries to knock you off balance. That’s when the real practice begins.
The crucial piece missing from modern spiritual practice
I saw big parallels between my martial arts training and the world of yoga and meditation. Yoga also tends to lure beginners for its physical benefits and morphs into a more spiritual, meditative practice over time.
But all too often, the practice stays confined to the mat. You have an empowering flow in a yoga class, or do a relaxing guided meditation, and walk out the door feeling centered. An hour later you’re triggered by an overbearing parent or ready to throw your green smoothie at the guy who cuts you off in traffic.
It’s relatively easy to stretch our bodies on a mat or stretch our minds on a comfy meditation pillow while soothing music plays. But the main point of these activities is to prepare us for the real world off the mat. For the lives and mental states we experience the other 23+ hours a day.
This crucial point is often neglected in the spiritual community and overcomplicated in spiritual texts. So my approach as a meditation teacher for the last 20 years has been to simplify the message. I prepare my students for life, not simply for stillness.
Drop the story and feel it
This is both my personal mantra and no-BS approach to teaching meditation. It accelerates spiritual awakening and brings your life more fully into the present. All it asks of you is a healthy dose of honesty with yourself. Let go of the stories, excuses, and judgments around why you feel the way you do. Be willing to experience the present moment exactly as it is. Even if it feels painful or uncomfortable. Especially if it feels painful or uncomfortable. That’s when the real growth, the real healing, the real magic, begins.
For the last four years, I’ve been fortunate to practice and teach meditation all over the world. And even more fortunate to meet the many amazing souls who have become my teachers, spirit guides, and friends.
I am so excited to offer private 1-on-1 sessions in both guided meditation and hypnotherapy, as well as a custom mentorship program, live virtual events, and pre-recorded meditations. Whether you are seeking spiritual growth, deeper personal fulfillment, or positive changes in behaviors and thought patterns, I would love to be of service.