About Meditation Tree
The Meditation Tree’s philosophy regarding Mindfulness Meditation is rooted both in Buddhist and Taoist teachings. Over the past several years Western culture has adopted the term (perhaps a more relative and contemporary) “Mindfulness” (awareness). Regardless of how it is labeled, the practice is secular in nature and the mental, physical and spiritual effects are not in conflict with one’s religious beliefs. Also incorporated into my teaching, are the Neuro-Scientific findings that supports the evidence that a daily practice of Mindfulness not only creates healthier brain functioning, but can change physical and emotional conditions reflected in ones’ negative and stressful thoughts.
Certified as a Meditation teacher at the Meditation Learning Center in Mesa, Arizona, and as a practitioner for almost 50 years, Sandy Orkin started “The Meditation Tree” as a way to introduce and teach others the practice of Meditation combined with a Mindfulness approach to their current lifestyle. Sandy started meditating in the 70’s with the practice of Transcendental Meditation and then moved onto another Westernized version of meditation called Silva Mind Control. In the 80’s, Sandy expanded his interest in Eastern Philosophy by studying Sum Faht Meditation taught by Leong Tan from Malaysia who spent a great part of his life studying the spiritual and martial arts as practiced in Asia. For the past several years, Sandy has studied with Kay Calvin and Tom Bolduc, students of Leong since the 70’s. Through more recent studies, he has learned various meditation techniques including Tonglen and other healing/energy practices. Sandy also has attended 10 day silent retreats in Northern California experiencing the practice of Vipassana Meditation taught by S.N. Goenka. Via his involvement as a Hospice Volunteer the past few years, he has taught in-service meditation classes and currently volunteers to co-lead Grief Support groups where he can aptly apply his learned (listening) meditation skills. Sandy teaches individuals privately or within group settings.
Aside from the inevitability of death (and taxes), is the inevitable condition of “constant change” and it is through the process of Meditation/Mindfulness that we can learn to change both our learned conscious and sub-conscious thought and behavioral patterns which may prevent us from discovering our true selves and from experiencing the full beauty of this thing we call “Life”. It is neither "change" nor “the situation” that creates challenges. It's our RESISTANCE to change and the thoughts we think (which can contribute to depression, anxiety, stress, worry and self-doubt, etc) that poses a threat to our well-being.