Meet Meditation Australia member Coco Nkrumah. Coco has been a member since 2018, such an interesting and inspiring journey. 

Your story
As a meditation teacher, my journey began in the world of martial arts, where I initially discovered the transformative power of meditation. This profound experience ignited a spiritual quest, leading me to explore Eastern spirituality and delve deeper into various meditation practices. 

Over the past ten years, I have been fortunate to share my knowledge and insights with others as a meditation teacher. While my roots lie in Buddhist and Vedantic meditation my teaching has expanded to incorporate a broader spectrum of meditation techniques. I primarily focus on mindfulness meditation, drawing from my own personal experiences and training. These practices have proven to be invaluable in cultivating presence, compassion, and emotional well-being. In terms of where I teach meditation, I have embraced a diverse range of environments. Alongside traditional community and wellness centres, I have also ventured into the corporate world. Recognizing the importance of well-being in professional settings, I offer meditation classes and workshops to employees and executives, helping them navigate stress, enhance focus, and foster a sense of balance amidst their demanding work lives. 

When it comes to my students, I embrace a broad spectrum of individuals from all backgrounds. From beginners seeking solace in the midst of a busy world to seasoned practitioners looking to deepen their understanding, I welcome anyone who is curious and open to exploring the transformative power of meditation. 

Additionally, I have worked with corporate professionals seeking to integrate mindfulness into their daily routines, allowing them to thrive personally and professionally. 

As a meditation teacher, I have discovered several keys that have enhanced my effectiveness in guiding others. First and foremost, authenticity remains paramount. Drawing from my own experiences and journey, I create a genuine and welcoming space where students can feel comfortable and inspired to explore their inner landscapes. Empathy is another key that has played a pivotal role in my teaching. By cultivating empathy, I strive to understand the unique challenges and aspirations of my students, tailoring my teachings to their specific needs. This empathetic approach creates a sense of connection and trust, allowing for deeper engagement and growth. Lastly, I have found that maintaining a sense of curiosity and continuous learning is crucial. 

Meditation is a vast and ever-evolving field, and by remaining curious, I embrace new perspectives, techniques, and scientific insights. This enables me to offer a dynamic and enriching learning experience to my students, incorporating the latest findings from the intersection of mindfulness and well-being.

What’s the story behind your first meditation experience?
My first meditation experience took place at the end of a rigorous Kung Fu martial arts class during my mid teens. After hours of physical training and discipline, our instructor led us into a moment of stillness and reflection. As we settled into a seated position, he guided us through a brief meditation exercise. As I closed my eyes and focused on my breath, I could feel the energy in the room shift. The frenetic pace of the training session gave way to a profound sense of calm and tranquility. In that moment, I became aware of a deeper connection with myself and the present moment.. That initial experience left a lasting impression on me, igniting a spark within my soul. It sparked a curiosity and a thirst to explore the practice of meditation further, to delve into the depths of my own consciousness.

What or who inspires you?
The teachings of Bodhidharma, an influential figure in the history of meditation, have had a profound impact on me as a meditation teacher. Bodhidharma’s revolutionary approach to meditation and his emphasis on direct experience and self-discovery have greatly influenced my own understanding and practice of meditation.

Cushion time: How long did you meditate for today?
1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the evening on a cushion.

Tools: Meditation Apps, yes or no? While I personally do not use on meditation apps in my own practice, I recognize and appreciate the benefits they can provide to those who respond positively to them..

You’re the voice: Do you sing in the shower?
It depends if there is someone in the house who I want to annoy.

The getting of wisdom: What’s the best, or most important thing, you’ve learned as a meditation teacher?
Sometimes times you can’t see the woods from the trees when it comes to your progress in mediation. Don’t judge your progress by each sit but by the way you live your life.

What makes your heart sing and what you have come to value most?
When a student shares their positive experiences, insights, or transformations resulting from their meditation practice, it reaffirms the impact of the teachings and the value of the work we do together. It is a validation that the guidance and support provided have touched their lives in a meaningful way. Humility It is a quality that I believe holds immense power and wisdom, both in personal growth and in relationships with others. To me, humility means recognizing and embracing our own limitations, imperfections, and vulnerabilities. It is an acknowledgment that we don’t have all the answers and that there is always room for learning and growth. Humility allows us to approach life with an open mind and a willingness to listen, learn, and evolve.

What’s the most inspiring or loveliest thing you’ve seen or experienced today?
I received a handwritten card from a family member.

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