Gwen Hanner

Gwen Hanner

Inner silence and meditation have always had a familiar, comfortable feeling. As an only child I spent a lot of time in the woods alone behind my home in rural North Carolina. At the age of 15 I was given Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's book "The Science of Being and Art of Living" and learned one pointed meditation. From there I began to devour Eastern and Western mysticism with interests ranging from Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (one of my all time favorites), Swami Muktananda, Lao-tzu's Taoism, the full writings of Carlos Castenada, shamanism, metaphysics and Western psychology.

When I was introduced to formal Buddhist teachings through Tibetan Buddhism some 30 years later, I felt as though I had finally arrived home. Nothing spoke to me as clearly as the philosophy and psychology of the Buddha's teachings. This has been my main spiritual path for the last 15 years with my major practice developed through Vipassana meditation training in Northern Thailand, and Shamatha meditation training through the Karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist lineage.

I began studying with Mindfulness Meditation Centers about 2 years ago and my practice has continued to mature beyond anything I thought possible. Presently I teach Mindfulness Meditation and practice mindfulness on and off the cushion.

As a psychotherapist of 25 years I also weave mindfulness meditation into my sessions because of it's profound impact on reducing stress and enhancing neuroplasticity, creating new neural pathways in the brain that facilitate positive behavioral change. Meditation has been with me for a long time now and I still feel as though I'm just beginning.

Please join me in learning beginning meditation in Tampa on Sunday mornings. It may just spark the journey of a lifetime.

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