Meditation has been a part of my life for over 40 years. I remember first discovering the practice of meditation while watching a television show on PBS. I was just a teenager in Milwaukee when I came across Richard Hittleman’s yoga show. The physical exercises of yoga were fascinating to me, but what really caught my attention was the quiet, focused demonstrations of meditation. I had never heard of it before, but I started to follow along whenever I could watch the show. I searched my local library for any and all books on the subject (there weren’t many) and I tried to find out more by asking just about everyone I met if they knew anything about meditation.
Back then (this was in the 1960’s) most people associated this thing called “meditation” with either yoga or the “hippie” movement. It took me years to discover that there was so much more to the practice of meditation.
A few years later I had joined the USAF and found myself stationed at Ellsworth AFB just outside Rapid City, South Dakota. Searching for something to do in my off-duty time, I discovered a small marital arts studio a few miles from the base called Lightning Fire Mountain. There I started to study a Chinese martial art called Tai Mantis.
We did quite a bit of meditation as part of the training; meditation to calm ourselves quickly, meditation to improve our focus and concentration, and even meditation to alleviate pain.
I was completely hooked now on this mental aspect of self-improvement. It worked! I was a meditator.
It wasn’t until years later that I discovered other forms of meditation. Living in Milwaukee I began to explore things like Tai Chi classes and Buddhist meditation at a local center. I learned how to do insight meditation, walking meditation, and many other techniques.
Over the years, as I explored all the different aspects of meditation, I discovered that meditation wasn’t just something that was based in Eastern religious or martial arts practices, but that there is a long tradition of meditation in Western spiritual practices, and even strong variations of meditation based on secular and scientific models.
In 2016, I decided to pursue certification as a meditation teacher. I found the Meditation Learning Center and enrolled in their 300 hour certification course. It was the best course that I could have found, covering the history, practice, and benefits of a wide variety of meditation practices as well as teaching techniques for different audiences. I continue to learn as much as I can about various meditation practices and how they can benefit people and society as a whole.
I also began to share meditation by leading small group sessions with various guided meditations as well as individual sessions introducing people to the practice. I learned from a spiritual director the techniques of Centering Prayer, which is a Western form of meditation, as part of a year long program of spiritual exploration, where I was a participant and later a co-facilitator with the local Unitarian church.
In July of 2017 I completed my certification and started Mind Untangled.
My focus is on teaching beginners and especially developing a personalized practice for each individual.
Please check out the other pages on this site as well as my blog. And be sure to contact me with any questions you have about learning meditation.
May all beings find peace and wellness.