Who we are
One Mindful Breath is a small, secular dharma practice community in Wellington and beyond with diverse backgrounds and different levels of involvement. Here’s a few of us.
Meditating regularly since 2013, I enjoy experimenting with different approaches – in particular I’m interested in the beneficial effects of meditation on anxiety, and in fostering a better sense of feeling ‘present’ in the moment. In my focus I use secular Buddhist teachings to live a richer, more contented life.
I’ve been meditating since 2002. My attitude to meditation and the mind is the same as my dad had to keeping his beloved orange Datsun ute on the road – if you know just enough about the mechanics of how it works, you can keep the damn thing running well enough to get the work done.
In One Mindful Breath, I’ve found a secular group that feeds my spirit (whatever that is) and through it I know I’m with others on a similar but unique and personal journey. Secular Buddhism can sound complicated but to me it’s the fullest and simplest way to make sense of the world.
As a people person, I look forward to One Mindful Breath Wednesday evenings for the different views that come up in discussion as well as the opportunity for silent contemplation. I was a minister in the Congregational and Presbyterian churches, as well an army chaplain and a prison chaplain. In August 2018, I had my 85th birthday.
Meditation is like going on my favourite mini break, for free. Taking time to sit and rest my brain is equivalent to being in a mountain-top log cabin, sitting in front of a fire drinking hot chocolate. Thankfully, I meditate daily and attend this community’s weekly meditation. I really enjoy the sense of togetherness and spirit that meditation generates in a group setting. My heartfelt thanks for bringing reflective meditation into my life.
I am very happy to have found this group. A book on beginning a meditation practice suggested joining a group, I joined in mid-2015 and found it to be just what I was looking for – secular with no expectations except to meditate. It’s a very pleasant evening.
I enjoy exploring philosophical and spiritual buddhist concepts against a secular backdrop. Recently, I discovered that group meditation powerfully supports individual meditation practice, and was happy to find that One Mindful Breath combined these activities! Meditating gives me the gift of knowing that every moment can be peaceful and happy, regardless of circumstances.
A wildly inconsistent meditator since the 1990s, I now have a daily practice that has been strengthened and deepened by the sense of connection that comes from meditating in a friendly, supportive group. I appreciate One Mindful Breath’s well-chosen guest teachers, stimulating discussions and excellent biscuits.
Having started my meditation practice in 2012, I’m finding it very beneficial and appreciate it’s a lifelong practice. I’m happy to support this community as a Care Committee member. A member of the St Andrew’s on The Terrace community also, I enjoy being engaged with organisations which combine social justice and the spiritual.
Living and working in a fast-paced world can leave your head spinning, and meditation is a good tool keep yourself present. I have been meditating since 2013 and it’s really helpful having a regular group practice where ideas can be shared with like-minded people.
Invited to join in September 2011, I wasn’t sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed practicing mindfulness meditation. In a group there’s a different kind of energy to practising by yourself. When I’m consistent in my practice it sure is beneficial.
Since joining this supportive group 18 months ago I have developed a daily meditation practice, and learned so much from the teachers and group discussions. Meditation makes me a happier, calmer person, and helps me understand the way my mind works. Meeting with the group is a big factor in sustaining my practice.
I’ve been practising meditation and studying dharma since 1999 with the Diamond Sangha, a Zen school. I also teach Yin yoga, facilitate meditation practice and study, and offer one-to-one mentoring.
Meditation for me is a form of peace, finding that a place for my mind to be safe, to allow my thoughts to come and go, and to appreciate that I do not have to attend to them in any way other than to really see them.
I’ve been meditating every day since meeting and studying under Krishnamurti in the mid ’70s. Initially it was to chase the illusive, transient, and addictive moments of lucid wakefulness, but daily practice turned chasing those pretty butterflies into a more sustaining life in the meadow.
I have been meditating over 30 years, my primary teacher being Thich Nhat Hanh. A retired medical doctor, this has enabled me to volunteer in Samaritans, in pastoral care in prison and with hospital patients with a focus on mindfulness – all very rewarding.
Joining recently, I was wanting to establish a personal meditation practice for myself that was in a secular context. This I have found here, as well as discussions around ideas that are interesting and stimulating.
Meditation and I have been together since 1992, and will be ’til death do us part. Leaning towards monasticism I began my practice with the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. Today, you find me firmly in the secular camp, with no inclination towards metaphysical claims or fixed destinations for my practice. I enjoy participating in the OMB project, albeit from a distance.
A Texas transplant who meditates to befriend my often wild mind, I’m a software engineer, wannabe scientist, and less wrong style rationalist with more feelings than I often know what to do with. I think the dharma is an invaluable tool for investigating my biases, understanding the world, and making meaning in an ineffable universe.