"Present Moment, Wonderful Moment"
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
In his book Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana describes mindfulness as the “practice of being 100 percent honest with ourselves.” Sarah Powers reminds us that mindfulness is the “awareness of change.” When we learn to recognize and embrace the impermanence of life, rather than deny or avoid it, we cultivate a deeper relationship with our world. Ordinary moments take on precious new potency in what is referred to as genuine happiness. This authenticity doesn’t come from what we expect to receive from life. Instead, it comes from what we bring to each moment.
Mindfulness practice is the process of training up our ability to closely watch our mind and to become intimate with our suffering. By uncovering our patterns of grasping and avoiding we access a doorway to personal insight. Only when we truly know ourselves can we relax our reactive habits and live with an open heart.
Learn & Practice
I have practiced under the guidance of a number of meditation teachers from a variety of Buddhist and secular traditions. Like yoga, I believe there is so much to learn, and an open-minded approach always offers rich opportunities for further study and introspection. I am particularly drawn to Theravada and Zen styles. My spiritual home is with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, from whom I received the Five Mindfulness Trainings (precepts) at Blue Cliff Monastery. I practice and teach samata (calm abiding), vipassana (insight), and metta (loving-kindness).
For upcoming meditation classes, workshops and retreats throughout Northern Virginia, please visit my events page. You can find my favorite books and and websites on yoga and mindfulness, on the resources page.