True meditation arises when there is no meditator meditating. This can be challenging to "achieve," so certain practices can help us pave the way to a clear mind and meditative state.
In meditation teaching, I draw especially on training in the Advaita Vedanta, Theravada Buddhism, and Vipassana practice. My practices of Kriya Yoga and Nei Gong also colour my understanding of mind-body connections.
My 'meditation teacher training' came in the form of an accidental Samadhi, or no-mind experience upon first encountering my teacher Da Dennis Trisker. I didn't know that he was a meditation teacher; he was talking with a woman about having cured himself of cancer and I was listening intently. He perceived within me an absorbtion in inner presence, and spontaneously hit me with a series of questions from the Advaitic tradition, which made my mind stop completely.
This first Samadhi became the invitation to spend more time with Dennis learning his non-technique of 'Choiceless Awareness.' I learned deeply in these five years of study and being together in India before Dennis's passing in 2017.
Following the insight of Samadhi, rather than set myself up as a guru, I prefer to teach simple techniques from beginner level - stopping internal dialogue and connecting with inner energy pathways - to the more 'advanced' level of dropping all practice and sitting in pure awareness, which I also teach to beginners with the right level of inner presence.
To read more about my meditation teachers, please visit the teachers' bio page.