I was first introduced to meditation on a Tim Ferris podcast with Tara Brach. I had been doing yoga for a few years, but listening to Tim and Tara discuss the positive effects of meditation opened my eyes. I began listening to Tara's free audio programs on mindfulness and devoured the information.
I then started practicing meditation on my own - which proved to be very challenging. I simply could not still my mind or my body. I'd get up after a few minutes and decide mediation was too much work, too difficult. This went on for a few months, in between periods of not trying to meditate at all.
Continuing to listen to Tara Brach's work, my mind was expanding and I was really starting to learn about the human brain, the suffering we put ourselves through, and how to control my thoughts.
It was around this time, the universe decided I was finally ready to learn and understand meditation. Suddenly several influential people came into my life - I began working with Jack Canfield, from The Secret, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and The Success Principles. I met Marissa Peer, celebrity hypnotist and she took me through a guided meditation. I continued to listen to Tim Ferris podcasts and started to notice a pattern, almost all of his uber successful guests meditated. I learned their techniques.
I then started dating someone, who owned her own meditation and mindfulness practice. She taught me several techniques she uses in her one-on-one personal guided meditation sessions and the science behind it. Meditation physically changes the brain and the body. I stared taking meditation seriously.
At that point I had begun successfully meditating every day for a few weeks. (I am now on a record streak of over 250 straight days, and it's doubtful the streak will ever end). I go to a weekly guided meditation class every week, led by two identical twins. They are so in sync it's a mind fuck.
Then the game changer... I met another girl who swore meditation changed her life. I asked her which meditation techniques she uses and she introduced me to the 6 Phase Guided Meditation, by Vishen Lakhiani. I laughed because I had actually met Vishen a few weeks earlier and hadn't really known who he was.
Vishen is the founder and CEO of Mind Valley, a huge mindfulness and wellness e-commerce store, author of Code of the Extraordinary Mind, producer of A-Fest. Marissa Peer had just appeared at A-Fest and her speech there on "I am Enough" went viral on YouTube.
I smiled at the synchronicity of the universe - what an amazing world we live in.
The reason I'm telling you all this is for a few reasons...
#1) I hope you'll understand that meditation is not some fluffy, airy-fairy, voo-doo magic. It is very real and it's changed my life, along with the lives of every single person mentioned above.
#2) I hope you'll see how we are all connected, much more closely than any of us realize in the given moment. When we pause, and connect to our breath however, we notice that we all share the same breath and the same experiences.
#3) If you've tried meditation and struggled with it, don't give up. Try a guided meditation. I mention a ton of great free resources here.
#4) I encourage everyone who does yoga, but doesn't meditate to start. Yoga is amazing and I do it everyday, but I believe it's simply a gateway into mediation, which is a much higher level of awareness and consciousness. (Meditation helps you access the subconscious mind, something I'm begging to learn more and more about... if you want to know who is really in charge of your life and your decisions, know this... it's not you. It's your subconscious).
#5) If you want to begin really learning and living some of the concepts, I can help show you the way. Allow me to be your personal guide.
Here's how we can work together:
In Person Private Sessions: Meditation Coaching or Life Coaching (if you're in Southern California, I recommend this route)
In Person Skype Sessions: Meditation Coaching or Life Coaching
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P.S. If you're wondering what the image above says or represents.... It says "Ganesh" and it's sketched to be an elephant. Ganesh is the elephant-headed god seen all over the world and is known as the remover of obstacles. He represents the arts and sciences, the intellect, wisdom, and is the god of beginnings.