Mediation as a key element of a more robust developmental practice that includes not just how we sit, but how we live, love, and understand the world around us.
I teach a style of meditation that cultivates concentration (samatha) and, once established, incorporates specific insight practices (vipassana).
Samatha is all about stabilizing attention while increasing the overall power of the mind. With training and time, joy, tranquility and equanimity arise all on their own.
Vipassana is all about curiosity, inquiry and practices that reveal how things work. These liberating insights spark profound changes in how we intuitively experience both ourselves and the world around us.
While the basic framework hails from Buddhism, this method also incorporates neuroscience, psychology and “field research” from thousands of modern meditators. I believe in giving not just instructions on what to do, but concepts to better understand how and why. This method is beautifully detailed in The Mind Illuminated.
Working with students, I also interweave yoga poses (asana) and breathing (pranayama), heart-centered practices, and analytical meditations, as helpful.
Hey there! I’m Eve Smith. As an experienced mediator and yogi, I believe that understanding the mind is the key to empathy and skillful, stress-free* practice.
I started off like many of you — existentially angsty and antsy. Running helped keep me sane, but it was yoga that opened my eyes. Connecting breath with movement soothed me just enough to sit still… and after experiencing that relative calm, I was hooked. From there, I found Buddhism, meditation, and psychotherapy.
But it wasn’t until I started practicing samatha-vipassana in 2011 that I really felt empowered in my practice. Skillful teachers nurtured my curiosity and gave me the tools to “go and see for myself.” With proper guidance, obtuse concepts became clear experiences. And with time, doubt turned into confidence. Now, there’s nothing I’d rather do more than pass that on.
Over the past ten years, I’ve worked with hundreds of students, integrating meditative and somatic practices to support people on their path. I believe in leveraging each meditator’s unique strengths, and compassionately addressing challenges. Taking conversations from the general to the specific. And committing myself to each student’s freedom and deep happiness.
In addition to a daily practice, I’ve also logged a total of about seven months of silent retreat. In 2018, I completed an intensive four-year teacher training program, co-developed the Dedicated Practitioner’s Course along with Jeremy Graves and Blake Barton, and brought my skills and judgement to the board of Dharma Treasure.
These days, I’m excited to be a beginner again learning the Mahasi system. I’m also realizing the immense value of biweekly psychotherapy in helping me feel, heal, and integrate. And I’m working to create more welcoming, diverse, and feminine practice spaces.
Along the way, I’ve worked as a strategy director at creative agencies in New York, started my own consulting practice, taught branding and communications at Parsons, and moved to Mexico City. I volunteer my time with immigration and humanitarian organizations that work to alleviate unnecessary suffering. I have a big, wild family, speak fluent Spanish, and dream of goats and horses. I’m constantly looking to align practice and life, and blur the lines between the two.
*When I say “stress-free,” I’m talking about the unnecessary stress that comes from pressure, expectations, and misunderstanding. As we dive into the mind, challenging content, conflicting beliefs, and past trauma can arise. It can be stressful. Insight liberates us, but turns the world upside down in the process. It can be (but doesn’t have to be) stressful. The more you learn to work with the mind (and not against it), the less unnecessary stress you’ll experience. That’s what I’m talking about, and I think that’s pretty cool.
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Curious about working with me? Your first 20-minute session is free.