It’s a new year, and as I see it, the perfect
time to finally start meditating.
Just over a year ago I selfishly
pitched an article on the
increased mental clarity
that comes with meditation,
because it was something
I desperately needed.
pleasant, the speaker engaging, but I found
myself more focused on where to get dinner on
the way home through Fairfax. I have, however,
become addicted to watching Kornfield’s web-
casts on You Tube (less driving).
Lured by the promise of unwavering focus
and reduced inflammation, as well as Jerry
Seinfeld’s endorsement, I visited the Marin
Transcendental Meditation group at the
Mill Valley Community Center. I joined the
introductory class and after a two-hour pre-
sentation, I was distracted, and to me the talk
felt too much like a sales pitch. However, the
guy sitting next to me loved it, paid the $1,500
for the course and is probably happily levitat-
ing as I write this. It just wasn’t for me.
Beyond the plethora of online apps and
videos, the good news is here in Marin we
have an abundance of ways for all personal-
ity types to glean the positive benefits of this
ancient practice. There is the new Soulstice
Meditation studio in Sausalito with a variety
of classes all day, everyday; Tuesday nights at
Buddhist Temple of Marin on Miller Avenue;
Thursdays at the Anubhuti Meditation and
Retreat Center in Novato; Sunday Morning
Community Meditation at Tamalpais
Shambhala in San Rafael and the Sunday pro-
gram at Green Gulch Farm in Muir Beach.
Did I miss one? Let me know. I’m not giving
up on my attempt to research all the various
flavors of meditation offered here in Marin; it
just might take a little longer than I expected
— isn’t it all about the journey any way?
Mimi Towle, Executive Editor
FIRST OF ALL, hello. I’m honored to have this opportunity to share my thoughts. After 10 years of writing and editing stories about our glorious county, I’m more
convinced than ever that we live in one of
the truly unique places on the planet. My
intention with this page is to shine a light on
a topic that relates to stories in our magazine
and to the county.
This time, I want to discuss the power
of meditation and yoga that you’ll read more
about in Nan Foster’s feature. Just over a
year ago I selfishly pitched an article on
the increased mental clarity that comes
with meditation, because it was something
I desperately needed. My colleagues snickered and suggested a plan B in case it didn’t
happen. How hard can it be? It’s the lazy
man’s yoga: Sit. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Stay seated. Turns out writing about it was
harder than I thought and I put the story
in Foster’s capable hands — but not before
getting to know about the resources available here in the county.
My early research took me to Spirit Rock.
When I travel and people find out I’m from
Marin, it’s not uncommon to have someone say,
“Oh, I love Spirit Rock; Jack Kornfield changed
my life.” Kornfield, a Buddhist monk/author
and founding teacher at the 411-acre oasis
in Woodacre, wasn’t there the night I went,
but 400 devotees were. When Kornfield is on
the teaching or speaking roster, the community meditation center with hardwood floors,
walls of windows and a 41-foot vaulted ceiling
is packed. That evening the experience was