Professionally, I am a certified meditation teacher with the Chopra Center, and also a life coach. Before getting involved in personal and spiritual development, my background was in fundraising in the voluntary sector, followed by corporate sponsorship.
Currently my focus is on teaching meditation, as I believe it to be a very powerful – yet simple – practice that can transform how we see ourselves and the world around us. The choices we made in the past brought us to where we are in the present, and the choices we make in the present will bring us to our future destinations. But our past does not have to determine our future. The point of power lies in the present moment, and to make our choices consciously – to consciously create our future – requires the development of self-awareness.
Personally, I am a person who used to remain solidly and stubbornly within her comfort zone, but who now deliberately seeks to stretch herself. I used to be a pessimist and worrier, and now I’m an optimist and generally trust that all is well (no matter what it looks like!) I used to be ruled by fear and now I ask myself what would I do if I wasn’t afraid – and then often I do it!
I have personally experienced the power that is within each and every one of us to transform our worlds. I no longer suffer from “I’ll be happy when…” syndrome. I know that nothing and no-one can bring me true happiness – it is simply a state of being. I have to just be happy, and I make that choice every day.
That is not to say that I no longer feel sad, upset, frustrated or worried. I do. But I feel it less and less, and I notice it immediately when it happens, and take steps to centre myself again. My world isn’t perfect, but my ability to be at peace in the world no matter what is happening is strong, and continues to grow stronger.
Daily meditation plays a huge role in this. Once I embarked on this journey I began to read alot about the amazing benefits of meditation, and tried different techniques on and off. But I never stuck with it because I found it hard to sit still for even five minutes. When I went on a course in Primordial Sound Meditation I hoped I would be able to meditate for 15 minutes a day without it feeling like a discipline.
I have been meditating twice a day ever since – usually for half an hour each time! I found the technique to be so effective that I decided to become a teacher.
I believe that the potential benefits of meditation at every level of our being – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual – cannot be over-emphasised. I would love the opportunity to share these benefits with you. I do so in person in Co. Mayo (Ireland) or online.