Anisha P.

Anisha_pYour Vocation and/or Hobbies: I am an engineer focused on Stormwater, Mom to Aarush (9) and Aarnav (4). I love watching stage plays, listening to classical music, time doing yoga and spending time outdoors on walks and hikes in the mountains with my family.

Years Meditation: 3

How has meditation been of benefit to you? I am shy, and internally tend to feel mostly awkward in social situations like I don’t belong to any group and instead belong somewhere else, someplace more flamboyant than dull, old here. Meditation has allowed me to feel comfortable in my own skin. Allowed me to dare to stay present to here and now, and for the first time experience how extraordinary “ordinary” can be. Brings tears to my eyes.

How has Seattle Shambhala been of benefit to you? I instantly connected with the Shambala teachings I received through the I-V level weekend retreats, they provided me with the inspiration to keep up with my daily practice. The everyday levels were very beneficial given that I didn’t practice any religion growing up. For the first time I understood that I have the power within me to experience and give more joy, love and compassion in my life by practices offered in these classes- “contentment in every day life” and “joy in everyday life”.

What’s your favorite activity, open house night, holiday or other center program? and why? Very grateful for Bodhi school (Robin Hewitt) 🙂

Love open house Sundays.

Love Lojong teachings ( I would drive across the lake, braving traffic every Tuesday night if Walter taught this class again)

Love Everyday life series.

Love the gentleness of teachers.

Love the sangha.

Love coming to the center.

What was your first experience at Shambhala like? It feels weird to say this, but I felt like I was coming home the first time I came to the center. I knew this was a safe place I could afford to rest my soul. All intuitive, of course. I had not talked to anybody or taken any courses.

It was on on a Sunday and there were lots of people. I joined meditation in the upper shrine room for the first time, the smell of the altar ( reminded me of a traditional hindu temple) and overlooking the beautiful cherry blossoms allowed for a restful and peaceful experience that has me coming back ever since.