Individual Meditation Support
"Not striving, not halting, I cross the flood. This is sublime, this is release."
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
Meditation could be viewed as the practice of saying yes to life. It is a practice of reducing reactivity, gradually wearing down our habits and conditioning, and learning to soften the areas of resistance within our minds, bodies, and emotions.
Eventually, meditation is effortless abiding in your true nature. For most of us, however, meditation begins as a practice because we have been trained to be distracted and sitting still is very challenging. I offer guidance and support to help you grow in concentration and widen your window of tolerance for distress.
Most students will encounter what are known as the hindrances while practicing meditation. These include: desire, aversion, restlessness, sloth and torpor, and doubt. Despite their initially unpleasant nature, these hindrances are here to help you on your journey, and learning how to relate to them skillfully is very important. I teach awareness and self-compassion practices to help you move with the hindrances.
I offer guidance and support to individuals who wish to begin a mindfulness meditation practice. I am also available to support those who already have an established practice but may be having a challenging time. We will start right where you are.
This service is separate from my counseling practice and is not for established counseling clients. It is recommended that you also work with a therapist who can help you process any lingering issues (especially trauma) that continue to arise in meditation.
The meetings are approximately 45 minutes and focus specifically on your meditation practice and the hindrances that you are encountering. I will offer guided meditations and suggestions during our time together.
Meditation sessions are offered on a donation basis. Please contact me for additional information.
I am an IMTA (International Mindfulness Teachers Association) Certified Mindfulness Teacher - Professional Level and a graduate of Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, accredited by the Greater Good Science Center at UC-Berkeley.