Meditation Teacher Training: My Experience

I’m about 80 percent through the Inner Illumination Meditation Teacher Training with Shawn J. Moore through Sankofa of Yoga. This training has been a fabulous journey! I’m learning so much from the practices, classes, readings, assignments, and small group work. 

Central "altar" at a meditation training and yoga nidra retreat in 2023. Mindfulness cards, a candle, burning sage, mala beads, lavender, a bouquet of flowers, a bouquet of mugwort are in the foreground. Shawn J. Moore is in the background.

I met Shawn at a retreat with Tracee Stanley in Summer 2023. (The photo is from that experience.) His sound baths and meditation sessions were absolutely transporting!

So, I subscribed to his newsletter and attended a few of his online experiences. (You can subscribe to his newsletter at the bottom of his page here.)

My Meditation Background

Tea and mindfulness have long been intertwined for me. My Virtual Tea Table and Rest Kits for Tea Lovers, for example, have included mindfulness and even short meditations at times. The tea and meditation realm was introduced to me several years ago thanks to the incredible offerings of Sooz Hammond of Being Tea

As for meditation more broadly, I had a sporadic meditation practice for decades. Then, I started a consistent practice in 2020. A few years later, I completed the Power of Awareness with Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Konda Mason, and Devin Berry.

Traci Levy's Power of Awareness completion certificate. This program was an in-depth experience with meditation training.

I was getting deeper into my meditation practice and thinking about how I could open myself up to even more possibilities. When I saw that Shawn was starting another cohort of his meditation teacher training, I knew–I just KNEW–this was for me. And, I was right!

Why I Meditate

I meditate to experience my true self and the universe–to fully and deeply know we are one.

Along this journey, I have been encouraged to continue by the many benefits meditation has brought me. I’ve experienced deeper relaxation, more gratitude, more joy, and more empathy–on the cushion and in my daily life. My practice has also supported me through some very difficult times, teaching me how to be with and “metabolize” my pain and suffering.

Bouquet of flowers on a blue and white cloth with sage, lavender, and mugwort    nearby. From a meditation retreat at Menla in 2023.

After Meditation Teacher Training

As I integrate the fruits of my meditation teacher training into my practice, I know it’s going to enrich my tea-related offerings. I already have a few ideas I’m really excited about launching around September! I would also like to offer some experiences that don’t necessarily include tea. For now, I don’t know what that means about calling my website and social media accounts Tea Infusiast. I’m sitting with that question right now and trust I will see the path forward when it’s time.

At the moment, I’m particularly excited about the culmination of this training–two days in July person with Shawn and my cohort. We’ll practice together. Additionally, all the graduating students will offer a free class to the Sankofa of Yoga community. It’ll also be bittersweet since after the class ends I won’t be meeting regularly online with Shawn, my cohort, and my wonderful sangha.

Do you have a regular meditation practice? Is it related to tea, separate, or does it include both?

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