Ben B.

Ben_BlackYour Vocation and/or Hobbies: singer/songwriter and Origin records recording artist. I enjoy singing, piano, dancing, photography.

Years Meditation: One day at a time

How has meditation been of benefit to you? Meditation brought lasting and beneficial changes to my body, speech, and mind as I healed from the effects of trauma and PTSD. As a person who has recovered from addictions, meditation has been profound and deeply healing in my everyday life by increasing my creativity and dissolving a sense of myself being a problem which allows me to discover and connect to my heart on the spot. Meditation helps me to relax and provides peace and strength to work with difficult emotions, ongoing disappointments, grief and loss. Meditation has also helped me uncover and maintain a precious connection to gentleness, vulnerability, sadness, and awkwardness, which I now see as strengths.

How has Seattle Shambhala been of benefit to you? It has provided me with an approach to the study and practice of meditation and offered amazing weekend programs and group meditation sessions. I have discovered wisdom, sanity and clarity through these teachings and have found an inclusive community to practice in. My experiences at Seattle Shambhala have radically changed my outlook on life, connected me to the love and support of wise teachers, brought healing energy into my everyday experiences and helped me to work with myself and others with kindness and skill.

What’s your favorite activity, open house night, holiday or other center program? and why? Any type of group practice, because it is very deep and healing on so many different levels. I also enjoy the Heart of Recovery Group where we explore the relationship of meditation to recovery from addiction. The Queer Dharma group has been inspiring because it is an open and safe place for people who identify as part of the LGBTQIA community to connect through meditation, discussion and fellowship.

What was your first experience at Shambhala like? A visiting Tibetan teacher was giving a talk. I remember how relaxed, kind and gentle he seemed. I didn’t know many people at the center and felt a little anxious and curious about the whole thing. I also remember being very surprised at how people sat up so straight. I definitely noticed a sense of awake mind and open heartedness. People were friendly and welcoming.