I teach a style of meditation that combines concentration with insight — known as samatha-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 by my friend and teacher, John Yates, PhD (Culadasa).
Working with students, I do break from the mold and interweave yogic breathing (known as pranayama), heart-centered practices, and analytical meditations, as helpful.
Hey there! I’m Eve Smith. A longtime 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 and meditation.
But it wasn’t until I met John Yates (Culadasa) in 2011 that I really felt empowered in my practice. John nurtured my curiosity and gave me the tools to “go and see for myself.” With his 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. In addition to a daily practice, I’ve also logged a total of about seven months of silent retreat. In 2018, I completed Culadasa’s intimate four-year teacher training program, co-developed the Dedicated Practitioner’s Course along with Jeremy Graves and Blake Barton, and joined the board of Culadasa’s nonprofit, Dharma Treasure.
Along the way, I’ve worked as a strategy director at a creative agency in New York, started my own consulting practice, and taught branding and communications at Parsons. I volunteer my time with immigration organizations and political candidates that reflect my values. I have a big, wild family, speak fluent Spanish, and have dreams 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.
see for yourself
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