“Even in the darkest most difficult times, if we can see a ray of light coming through the crack in our prison, we can touch into joy." – Heather Prete
We are here today with a very special guest, our senior Mindfulness DEN Meditation teacher, Heather Prete. She knows her stuff! She is a UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, Self Compassion teacher, and Mindful Recovery Coach. She started her formal training in Tibetan compassion practices in 1998 and has studied all over the world. We cover it all in this episode: Buddhism, Mindfulness, Neuro Science, The Dharma and the power of silence. She even takes a “woo woo” experience Tal had at a silent retreat and scientifically breaks it down. This episode dives deep into the parallels of science and meditation, so for those of you who struggle with the “woo woo” of it all and react more to the science this is a great conversation for you. But if you like diving deep in to the spiritual world and connecting to beyond, then you will love how she explains what scientifically is going on in your body during any of those experiences. We chat about the importance of silence, and how silence should feel like a relief and not a punishment. Every sentence of this conversation is an incredible education. She is a beautiful teacher and has the most gentle approach in guiding you to look inward and go deeper. Her personal practice is evidence of this, so be sure to stay til the end as she leads us through a Self Compassion body scan.
“This path is not about an end point, it’s about insight, investigation, and awareness.” – Heather Prete
- Loving Kindness Body Scan
- Favorite Book:
Opening the Heart of the Cosmos: Insights on the Lotus Sutra by Thich Nhat Hanh
Awakening of the Heart: Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Meditation you rely on the most:
Present moment awareness
- Helpful tip for meditation:
No need to effort and soften into your practice. Take 3 breaths throughout the day. Breathe in I’m here, breathe out I smile. Breathing in I know my feet are on the ground, breathe out I smile. Breathing in I know that the trees are here, I breathe out I smile.
- Food drink or object you can’t without:
Coffee, books because they’re my teachers, students
- Type of Meditation you rely on most?
Psychic Meditation which is energy tools, visual meditation which is also her personal practice
- Helpful tip for valuable meditation?
Focus on your breath, take the pressure off yourself that you have to do it right. Keep showing up and try different meditation to find what works for you.
- Self-Care Hack?
I make sure to clear everyone out of my space every night and get out into nature. I clear people’s energy by creating a bubble out infront of you, putting everyone from the day in that bubble, and then blow up the bubble. This gives the person their energy back.
- If you could give any piece of life advice what would it be?
If you don’t like how things are going, believe that you can change your perception and everything else will change.