I’m Gabrielle Aranka, I teach meditation in corporate and public classes. I’m passionate about working with people and practicing mindfulness. When I first learned to meditate in 2006, I was taught by a teacher to sit for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night. I enjoyed the benefits of this practice yet found it difficult to find the time to connect and follow through with this daily routine and outside of this schedule my mind would still run rampant with thoughts. Then I found mindfulness, the practice of staying focused in the moment. This practice is proven to be key to creating a calm mind and a calm life.
I began with simple things like being present when making a cup of tea, bringing my full awareness to the tea bag as I dipped it in and out of the hot water, watching the steam flow out and up as I did this action. I practiced being present when washing my hands, placing the soap on the skin and rubbing my hands together noticing the feeling of the soap and the water touching and washing the suds away. It’s incredibly freeing being in the moment with these routine actions we do throughout the day. There is such a state of peace and fulfillment in the moment that if you never live in it, you would be missing out on life. Anything you routinely do you can bring awareness to, and notice the effect it has on your life. Over time, you will feel calm, patient and enjoy being in the now.
In 2012, I completed a year long meditation facilitator qualification at the Awareness Institute and had been practicing and teaching small groups since. There is a quote by American novelist Richard Bach, “You teach best what you most need to learn”. When I heard this, I knew I would teach mindfulness and meditation. For me, the ongoing benefits of practice is an open ended continually unfolding journey of growth and change.
- Bachelor of Applied Social Science (counseling and community services)
- Diploma of Modern Psychology
- Certificate in Meditation Facilitating
- NLP Master Practitioner Certification
- First Aid Certificate
My vision for my practice and teaching is to build a community. I love to teach people new to meditation, just beginning their journey to building a pathway to presence. To go beyond the chatter of the mind and experience deep stillness is so freeing and joyful. I hope everyone gets to enjoy presence in their life and find peace in the moment. All your power is in the present moment, each moment there is choice and through meditation you become aware of the choice even when negative emotions arise. Jon Kabat Zinn says, “you can’t stop the waves but you can learn to ride them”. Thoughts will come and go and some will activate positive emotions and some will active negative emotions. Meditation teaches to come out of attachment to emotions and observe. I hope you find time in your day for a meditation or mindfulness practice and bring true joy to your life.