Biet Simkin will challenge how you think about meditation. From daughter of a shaman and a rock and roller to a guided meditation expert and founder of Center of the Cyclone, this 36-year-old New Yorker is shaking up the wellness world.
A lover of city life—openly revelling in pleasures of food, fashion and sex—Simkin firmly believes you can live a normal life and also meditate.
Get inspired with this outtake from interview with Biet on liveinthegrey.com, check out her meditation podcasts over on the lululemon blog and be moved by her feature on StyleLikeU.
It takes courage to believe in yourself when you hear the voice in your head saying that this is what you’re meant to do.
What advice to you have for someone considering a meditation practice? Where should they start?
“Do it and do it today. There’s no right or wrong way to start out. Search your heart and you will be guided to the right places and teachers for your journey. Like with any goal, get yourself out there as much as possible. Speak to other people who have accomplished what you hope to– ask them for advice and follow their suggestions. Ultimately, you will find what you want.”
Being grateful on a daily basis really helps – so I always try to bring myself back to that place, staying in a state of perpetual gratitude.
When do you need to use meditation the most?
“Everyone becomes very spiritual the moment something tragic happens to them. But I like to focus on the stressors of everyday life – of waiting in line at lunch, going to the post office, dealing with someone difficult, riding in the subway. Meditation is a way to define meaning in every day life and it allows me to have meaningful interactions with whomever I meet.”