Hello! Welcome to Cafe Meditation. I’ve put together this little bio to let you know that you’re in good hands. I’ve been meditating for more than 25 years, and it’s absolutely changed my life. I’ve been teaching meditation for nearly two decades, which has also been transformative.
My love of meditation and wanting to share these teachings with others, especially women, led me to create Cafe Meditation.
My love affair with meditation began when I was very young. I liked to sit in a special place in my yard, where honey bees would come and crawl on my toes. That experience of being very still, completely present, and enthralled by life was my first introduction to meditation.
In college, I attended a lecture that included a guided meditation. The next day I “taught” one of my best friends to meditate. While this isn’t the way it’s supposed to work (because I had no idea what I was doing), it certainly pointed to my future as a meditation teacher.
Later, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, I became deeply attracted to Buddhism, and spent a lot of my free time visiting meditation caves and hanging around temples. I didn’t have a formal meditation practice, but I did develop a healthy curiosity.
My relationship with meditation started in earnest around the time I turned 30. One morning I woke up from a deep sleep with one blazingly clear thought: “my mind, my body, and my spirit are completely disconnected!” That startling realization turned my world upside down and set me on a journey that continues today, more than 25 years later.
At the time I didn’t know anyone who meditated, so I devoured books and started meditating on my own, based on what I’d read. It felt pretty good, but I wasn’t sure I was doing it right, or how to progress.
About a year later I was fortunate to find a meditation group that I liked a lot. Having a community made such a difference. Now I had people who could answer my questions and provide guidance. (You can see where the inspiration for Cafe Meditation came from!)
I’m now a seasoned teacher in this tradition, Shambhala Buddhism. I was authorized to teach meditation in 1998, and in 2010 was appointed a Senior Teacher (Shastri) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala Lineage. I served in the role for over 6 years. Over the years I’ve worked with hundreds of students – teaching many, many evening classes, weekend programs, and weeklong workshops, as well as working one-to-one with individual students, helping them join the practice of meditation with their everyday lives.
I love teaching meditation to individuals and groups, but I particularly like working with women, exploring the feminine aspects of meditation. And while I do have a strong connection to a particular meditation community, and an affinity for Buddhist teachings, I believe that these core truths apply to all meditators, regardless of our traditions. I hope you find that Cafe Meditation is a place where women from diverse meditation backgrounds can join together for mutual benefit.
I’m so glad you’re here, and look forward to traveling the path of meditation together!
Your Cafe Meditation Barista