I’m Gabrielle Aranka. I’m a mindfulness meditation teacher that facilitates corporate and public classes. I’m passionate about working with people and teaching mindfulness meditation techniques. 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 ritual, 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 (counselling and community services)
- Diploma of Modern Psychology
- Certificate in Meditation Facilitating
- NLP Master Practitioner Certification
- First Aid Certificate