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I am currently away on a long retreat to deepen my own meditation practice. I will be back in September 2020, and will have limited access to internet until then.


In the meantime, feel free to look around! 

     - R.J.

You made it! What's Next?

Hi, my name is R.J. 


I'm a certified mindfulness teacher.

 If you're new to mindfulness and want to learn more, keep reading...

Maybe you've tried meditation before, read some articles, maybe a book or two. You may even have a meditation app downloaded on your phone. You've gotten a taste of it, now you really want to make it a part of your life!

So...What's next?

A personal mindfulness teacher may be just what you're looking for.

That's where I come in! My aim is to offer high-quality mindfulness instruction and mentoring for anyone interested in starting a consistent meditation practice.

Working with me, you can expect:

  • Practice accountability

  • Coaching around your goals & intentions

  • Strategies for mindfulness in everyday life.


Click here to learn more about working with me. Looking forward to connecting! 


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"RJ is an authentic mindfulness teacher. He treats each person with respect, compassion, gentleness and understanding." - Rosa, Middle School Teacher, Mountlake Terrace, WA

"RJ is open, warm hearted and knowledgable. I felt he was able to meet me right where I was in my own experience and broaden my understanding of a variety of meditation practices, from a simple concentration practice, to an open awareness practice to cultivation practices. I would whole heartedly recommend him as a guide and coach."

- Catherine, Everett, WA

What is Mindfulness?

"Mindfulness is paying attention in the present moment on purpose non-judgmentally." - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Here's an 8 minute video of me defining mindfulness during a workshop I co-led with a friend and colleague of mine in March of 2019.  ​In my own words, I break down Jon Kabat-Zinn's succinct definition of mindfulness.

Grab those ear buds - give it a try! 

Mindful Moments Blog

Also, check out my guest blog posts for pursuitofmindfulness.com and thedailymeditation.com

- 8 Ways to Start a Daily Meditation Practice

- 3 Reasons You're Not Happy (a Buddhist View)

March 10, 2019

Stress is good for us. Well, the right kind of stress can be good. The kind that we know is transient and relatively low-risk, like riding a roller coaster or trying to stretch a single into a double at your company softball game. Acute stress like this can be enjoyable, wh...

January 14, 2019

It's 2019. Emails are a part of life. We speed through them with the seemingly unreachable goal of getting that inbox to zero - or maybe you've completely given up on that goal.  Yet all this practice probably has you feeling pretty good about your email writing skills.  We...

December 22, 2018

Once when Suzuki Roshi was giving a talk in the 1960's, he was asked to sum up the Buddhist teachings into something simple and understandable. He said just two words: 

Everything changes.

Vipassana teacher, Joseph Goldstein, expanded on this: If you understand those two...

November 8, 2018

It happens to the best of us: an impromptu snooze in the middle of our meditation, only to wake up to the clanging of a bell or the clamor of someone in the next room. So, what can we do to prevent this, especially since meditation is about "falling awake?!" 

We don't have...

October 12, 2018

I was on a Skype call with vipassana meditation teacher, Vincent Horn, several years ago and I was telling him about my inconsistency with practicing meditation. He said that our practice can often be like a cosine graph. It tends to ebb and flow in response to the content...

September 22, 2018

Maybe you’ve seen mindfulness popping up more and more in your news feed. Maybe you’ve heard your friends implanting the word into their everyday vernacular as if its always been there. You may have even seen it featured in TIME magazine. You may have an idea that it means...

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