I first started meditating in the 1970s. I learned from a college professor who was doing research. He and his assistant got me going in the right direction and I had a number of good teachers and good experiences with traditional meditation practices. After college and through most of the 1980s, I was able to teach as part of my job as a Mental Health Worker in a psych hospital in Boston. Meditation was catching on and the MBSR protocol was taking shape at UMass down the road. Rather than go the academic route, or have an Asian adventure, I decided to train in Buddhist monasteries in the West. Figured I could always circle back to university later. Instead, I ended up in Italy in 1990 to help set-up Santacittarama Buddhist monastery. I’ve been here ever since.
People tell me I should write a book. They think the story through the 1990s was interesting. I think what happened after is even better. If you want a very condensed version, a guided meditation and bibliography to help you begin exploring mindfulness meditation, click here for a free Starters Kit.
I started a new life, recycled an earlier version of myself from the States as a jazz singer and looked for ways to get people interested in awareness. These were the before times, there were no yoga studios on every corner and fewer people practiced meditation. It was even risky speaking about it. For many, meditation = religion. So, I fell into teaching English at some multi-nationals and have been doing it on and off ever since. Along the way, I have worked on numerous TV projects with RAI Edu and the Italian Ministry of Education, as well as, doing workshops and writing about how we learn languages.
Nowadays, more and more people are catching on to the benefits of meditation. So I coach some people, teach mindfulness in schools and get to do occasional seminars or training courses that are part of an integrated professional development program like the ones I did at Nexans USA, Tetra Pak Italy, and S4BT. There’s a partial list of some of the companies I’ve worked with over the years below.
Thirty years have now passed since I started and I still split my time teaching meditation and yoga at Centro Sati and around Italy, and consulting for innovative businesses and organizations, doing language courses and developing cross-skill training and HR organization with mindfulness core principles and tools. I’m also exploring the on-line space for more opportunities to share. You can find more about me here or get a copy of my book on Amazon below.
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