Linda teaches a gentle experience-based approach to mindfulness meditation. By sitting silently in a comfortable position, allowing the mind to wander freely in meditation and taking some time to recollect the experience afterwards, one finds meditation an ongoing process rather than a struggle to meditate correctly.
Because people come to meditation with diverse goals and learning preferences, Linda’s approach to teaching meditation is flexible and personal. Whether your goal is to reduce stress and anxiety, decrease mental and emotional reactivity, relieve physical pain, or understand yourself with more introspection and depth, your meditation sessions will be tailored to your personal interests and history. Recurring questions about how to sit, what to do when sitting, and what to read or study to support meditation practice are addressed as part of the relationship you will develop by sitting with your internal world.
What to Expect
I choose to take the time to customize meditation practice with each individual and group. I will arrange to meet with you, in person or on the phone, to have a conversation about the most suitable way for us to work together in your meditation practice. There is no charge for this consultation.
Progress and Outcomes
You will most likely have a goal in mind when you come to meditation practice. I, of course, cannot promise you any specific results but can say that the meditators I have worked with over the last many years have found and exhibited the following:
- An independent, flexible meditation practice that can be done anywhere, anytime.
- Relief from reactivity by being able to tolerate and appreciate the range and complexity of difficult mental and physical states.
- The cultivation of a self-honest and safe inner environment where you can learn to meet whatever your mind comes up with.
- Peaceful, relaxed and stress-free states of mind which allow you to rest, take ease, and be less impulsive.
- The development of qualities such as awareness, kindness, patience, curiosity, friendliness and generosity.
- By articulating and describing your meditation sittings, you can learn to discern many experiences which are not often languaged in meditation or life.
- Becoming aware of your patterns and habits in meditation can facilitate personal insights into your behavior and relationships.
Options for Individuals
We can set up a time to meditate together. Additionally, this meeting will include time for you to recollect and talk about your experiences in meditation with me after the meditation sitting.
You will have the opportunity to keep a Meditation Journal, from which you can email me either a single meditation sitting or several meditation sitting entries, and we can set up a time to talk about them in depth.
Options for Small Groups (minimum 3 people)
You can arrange to have a customized group for you and your friends, family, co-workers or colleagues. This can either be at my office in Santa Monica or we can arrange a time to meet at your location.
You can register for an ongoing group, group series, or introductory workshops which will be held at my office in Santa Monica or in the LA area.
If you need Continuing Education units, you can arrange or attend CEU workshops at my office, or at various locations nationally. (I am approved to offer CEU’s for Clinical Psychologists, Therapist, Social Workers, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and Nurses in CA.)
Options for Workshops and Retreats
I am open to invitations to teach workshops and retreats for healthcare professionals, educators, social services, and groups with special interests who want to learn how to meditate or teach others how to meditate.
What does meditation instruction cost?
It costs what you decide to give me. As a meditation teacher who works for the Skillful Meditation Project, I follow the practice of generosity (dana) as found in the Buddha’s teachings. For those of you who are familiar with this practice, you probably know what to do. Your generosity enables me to continue teaching meditation.
If you are not familiar with dana, the whole transaction can be confusing and unsettling, so here are some things you might consider when giving a donation:
- The ways this meditation practice has been beneficial or useful.
- The amount I pay a professional who offers a comparable service.
- The amount I can afford at this point in time.
Dana can be offered in the following ways:
- Write a check. Please make it out to SMP (Skillful Meditation Project) which is a 501(C)3 not-for-profit charitable organization and mail it to me at 528 Arizona Avenue, Suite 208, Santa Monica CA 90401.
- Donate on www.skillfulmeditation.org using PayPal. Please use firstname.lastname@example.org as the email address and include a note with my name.
- You can always give cash and ask me to provide a donation receipt.
If you are still a bit confused, not sure what to give, please consider speaking with me directly. I would be happy to have a conversation with you about dana.
- Individual Meditation Sessions – $40-125
- Small Group Meditation Meetings – $20-75 per person
- Half Day Meditation Workshops – $25-80 per person
- Full Day Meditation Workshops – $40-125 per person
- CEU Workshops – fees to be determined depending upon location and costs
- Retreats – fees to be determined upon location and costs plus dana for the teachings
Linda began her study of Buddhist meditation with Jason and Jacquelin Siff of the Skillful Meditation Project (SMP) in early 2000, inspiring a transition from moving meditation and acupuncture to sitting meditation and teaching others to meditate. In 2003, she entered SMP’s teacher training program. As a teacher for SMP, Linda continues her studies in Buddhist Psychology and Philosophy with Jason Siff and other Recollective Awareness Meditation teachers on multiple intensive retreats each year. She is currently a member of the SMP Board and Teaching Sangha helping to develop teaching practicums which merge meditation practice, theoretical study, and teaching supervision. Linda now exclusively teaches Recollective Awareness Meditation to individuals and groups.
Before Recollective Awareness and over many years of study and practice, Linda had naturally been drawn to exploring the relationship between people and their mental, emotional and physical healing. In 1989, Linda’s interest in Qi Gong and Tai Ji brought her to California to study Taoist philosophy, acupuncture, and herbal medicine at Yo San University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. As a student of Acupuncture and Qi Gong teacher, she explored the congruence she saw between movement-meditation and traditional Chinese healing practices. Later, as a graduate student, Linda produced and appeared in a series of three videos called Discovering Chi: Energy Exercises for the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Practitioner.
Early in her career as an acupuncturist, Linda was fortunate to meet Dr. Tan, a world-renowned acupuncturist, and incorporate his Balance Method into her practice. Dr. Tan’s emphasis on palpation, in-depth thinking, and investigation in an acupuncture treatment, rather than implementing memorized point prescriptions, highly influenced Linda’s medical practice and approach to physical and mental healing.
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
with breathing with body aches with pillows, bright lights
with wondering if you can really call this meditation,
it feels like driving on the 405 freeway.
Sitting and waiting not moving, not running, not doing anything.
and making to do lists,
redecorating the kitchen,
writing an email to Soma,
did she get stood up on Valentine’s day or not?
Sitting and forgetting, and forgetting, and wanting to forget.
The song “You can’t always get what you want”
I hate the Rolling Stones
“Hold the pickles, hold the Lettuce, Special Orders don’t Upset Us, All we ask is that you let us serve it your way”.
from a young age.
into old age.
Sitting from habit, it’s good for you, everyone says so.
Sitting per doctor’s orders. He does not know what other anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, painkiller, sleeping pills to give you.
over a break up.
over the summer
over the high holidays, the trip to Kenya, over the river and through the woods.
just to get through the forty minutes because your lower back and knees scream like glass lodged in your bones.
“Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us.”
when your sister hanged herself from the second story balcony in San Francisco
with a bed sheet around her neck and a rosary in her pocket.
Sitting with this life.
Sitting though this life
through past lives, through car alarms, erotica, menopause, cancer, through your early morning “you’d better be there” meeting with the Board of Directors because the volume of the Insight Timer on your new Samsung Galaxy phone was turned off.
while you sit with the intention to meditate