The calling of the Heart
Supported by a plethora of scientific studies demonstrating all the many benefits of meditation for our physical, emotional or mental health, this discipline is becoming more and more popular! Whatever the initial reason that pushes us at some point to "sit", very quickly, the meditator who persists a little bit realises the incredible potential and depth of this practice, which is a point of entry for the most fascinating exploration ever: the exploration of the Self.
According to the traditions and cultures where meditation emerged, this practice took on many different forms, but at the heart of them all, there seems to be one common ground: fundamental questions about the meaning of existence, of this world, of "who am I" ? We all come to wonder, at some point or other in our lives, at this tremendous mystery that surrounds and inhabits us. Thus, across all contemplative traditions, meditation has always been a path of awakening aimed at this exploration.
"Meditation is not an escape but a peaceful
encounter with reality"
- Thich Nhat Hanh -
My approach to meditation
In meditation, instead of externalising this quest and exploring the world around us, we curve our gaze inwards, and wonder at the primary element which is within our reach and accessible, that seems to be so tangible and undeniable: the Self. This being that we are, endowed with consciousness. It is therefore a very intimate, personal and internal process.
It doesn't take much. The great Zen Buddhist master Suzuki Roshi would say that it is "simply a matter of sitting" and the world would reveal itself to us. Of course, if you have already experienced meditation, you may think that it is not that simple. This is why the practice is underlined by a variety of techniques and why the attitudes we have when engaging in practice are fundamental. We cultivate perseverance, patience, detachment and acceptance. Meditation springs as much from what is immediate, from simplicity, from the present moment as it unfolds over time, through deepening and effort. It is a dance between these two aspects, that you eventually learn to dance... And all of that is part of it. Not only the brief and volatile moments of "mental void", but this entire dance, this entire inner process, are part of it.
Leave aside the notion that meditating is too difficult, or that to meditate is to escape from reality for some time, or that it is to have no more thoughts... To meditate is on the contrary, to take in reality as it presents itself to us, unfiltered, and to come as close to it as possible. It is flirting with the world within... It is to explore without any preconceived ideas, a wild trail without signs. It is like heading into the forest with only a small compass as one's instrument and your heart full of enthusiasm, open and ready to receive.
My way of teaching
I was introduced to meditation in a Zen Buddhist center, and then explored several traditions such as Theravada Buddhism, Vipassana and mindfulness meditation. I also followed many silent meditation retreats with Hridaya Yoga where I was able to practice different techniques from Sufism, Tibetan Buddhism, Christianity, Kashmir Shaivism, and Advaita Vedanta (philosophy of non-duality). This showed me that there are an infinity of tools for an infinity of beings, and that "there are as many paths as there are aspirants"...
These influences and experiences inform my way of teaching. With meditation, there are no ready-made answers or ideas, there are simply tools to share that are based on practice and which each person will have to experience personally, in their own way and at their own pace.
In my teachings, my goal is to create a space in which you will be able to make these experiences for yourself and to exchange with others about these experiences. I leave a lot of room for practice but I also give all the theoretical pointers and the contextualising that are necessary to apprehend these techniques, as often come to us from distant cultures.
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INITIATION TO MEDITATION (only in French, for now)
Ongoing weekly practice and teachings
"Aller au Coeur de Soi" is an online learning program designed in a way that is flexible and progressive to help you establish your own meditation practice over the long term, with regularity and consistency. The program will provide you with a light weekly structure and the necessary support for you to discover and / or deepen your knowledge and experience of meditation, motivated by the dynamics of a group and the guidance of a teacher.
PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS
Would you like personalised meditation courses, in the form of "coaching" to set up, deepen or diversify your personal practice? I am happy to accompany you during individual sessions where we will identify together what you want to learn or explore, and possibly the obstacles that you encounter in your practice. We will orient the sessions in this direction, responding to your needs and wishes which we will have previously identified together.
Level: These individual sessions are aimed at anyone wishing to discover or deepen the practice of meditation.
Prices: One session (1h30min): 45 euros
Online courses: These sessions will take place through the online platform Zoom. To find out how to download and use Zoom, click here.
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