My name is Richelle Johnson, and I’ve been meditating for more than 20 years. I’ve been a member of several Buddhist groups and practiced in several traditions. I’m certified to teach via the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program through Sounds True, led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, as well as my mentor, Emily Horn. I’ve embedded links for those who want to learn more about the program and these teachers.
I believe that meditation practice changes us all for the better and can, ultimately, change the world. That being said, negative experiences can happen in meditation, as well, and the practice isn’t for everyone at all times. Meditation is not a substitute for therapy or medication when people have serious mental illnesses. It may not be right for those who are currently deep in a spiritual crisis or experiencing overwhelming grief.
For those who are ready, learning to be present with whatever is happening is a skill that improves many measures of well-being. As we learn to ground our attention in the sensory-emotional experience we’re having right now, new possibilities for responding to life open up.
I’m here because humans, for many reasons, are much better at keeping agreements with others than with ourselves. When we know someone is waiting for us to show up, or someone will want a report that we did, we are more likely to stick to our plan. Working with a mentor is one way to hold ourselves accountable until our practice is more habitual and stable. Ready to start? Schedule here.