LEADERSHIP, CHANGEMAKERS, AND MEDITATION
When I was in college, I got stuck in a cycle of overthinking, frustration, anxiety, and stress.
Things got so bad that I was physically sick to my stomach and nauseous for 4 months, and everything in my life slammed to a halt.
I started reading, I started meditating, and I learned that I could be free from stress and anxiety without completely removing myself from the world I love.
Once my life was back on track, I started teaching meditation so that nobody would have to go through what I went through.
Now, I'm a husband and a father, and I use meditation to stay focused on love, to stay free of stress, and to embrace the journey of life without fear.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) WHAT STYLE OF MEDITATION DO YOU TEACH?
Most often, I teach the five deep breath method of meditation, which is a version of guided meditation that works great for both beginning and experienced practitioners. I also teach with mindfulness, countdown method, and gratitude meditations.
2) HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TEACHING MEDITATION?
I've been teaching meditation since 2013, and I plan on doing it forever.
3) HOW DID YOU LEARN TO SHUT OFF YOUR MIND?
I didn't! Instead, I learned how to better return to an intention when my mind is going crazy. So instead of spiraling out of control, I can press pause, reconnect to my "why", and focus on things that matter-- like how I can love others and how I can let them love me.
4) DID YOU ALWAYS THINK YOU WOULD TEACH MEDITATION?
No way! I thought I was going to be a professional baseball player until I was like 20, and after that I thought I'd be a high school English teacher. I actually think that's one of the reasons why my teaching style is so unique. I'm not steeped in the world of meditation and mountaintop retreat centers, instead, I'm steeped in 21st century life as a working parent, husband, and family member.
5) HOW DID YOU START MEDITATING?
I took a yoga class in 2008 to help me recover from a baseball injury, and at the end of the class, we did a guided meditation that blew my mind. I felt so calm and refreshed afterwards, that I couldn't believe I just finished a workout. After that, I didn't meditate again until 2013, when I enrolled at St. Mary's College. That's where I established my daily meditation practice and started diving deeper into the science and practice of meditation and mindfulness.
6) HOW LONG DO YOU MEDITATE FOR?
Right now, I have two kids under two years old, so it's not as much as I used to! Since it's tough to have a normal routine, I meditate for 5-10 minutes in the car when I park at my office in the morning, and I meditate in bed in order to fall asleep. That one can last anywhere between 15 seconds and 15 minutes.
7) ANY ADVICE FOR NEW MEDITATORS?
Yes! Let go of perfection. You will never be perfect, and you never have to be. Just try to stay focused on your intention, and don't worry if you are falling asleep or if your mind starts to wander. That happens to everybody. The real practice is finding and treasuring those moments of calm and overwhelming peace that come with meditation. And if you want help starting your practice, email me! You are not alone.