Becoming the change..
I founded Myndtree in 2014 with a vision to build a community around the values of mindfulness, compassion, nonviolence and connection. I believe that these life-affirming values not only bring richness and joy in our lives, but also create the conditions for the peace we long to see in this world.
When we pause, still our minds and listen to our hearts, we tune in to our innate intelligence and wisdom. The time-tested practices of mindfulness and meditation help us do just that. We learn to bring awareness to our breath and bodily sensations, our inner world of thoughts and emotions. In other words, we learn to become intimate with our life as it is unfolding in the present moment. As we cultivate and deepen our practice, we become less reactive, anxious, depressed and stressed. We grow in our capacity for love, compassion, kindness and generosity. Joy, authenticity, freedom and well-being are a natural outcome.
The poet Rumi said, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” It echoes Gandhi when he says we need to be the change we want to see in this world. This change happens one human heart and mind at a time.
Come join me and let’s practice together!
Gayathri Narayanan is the founder of Myndtree and has been teaching mindfulness and meditation to adults and teens in the Bay Area since 2012. She has had a personal meditation, yoga and contemplative practice for over 20 years and has seen the invaluable benefits they have brought to her own life. Her passion to share these teachings and practices with others is driven by a longing to see more ease, well-being and harmony in the world.
Her journey into this realm began in 2010 when after a 14-year career in healthcare information technology, she shifted lanes to begin exploring mindfulness and nonviolence in parenting. She is a certified parent educator from Echo Parenting and Education in Los Angeles and a certified mindfulness and meditation teacher from the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP). MMTCP is a 2-year professional training program for teaching awareness and compassion-based practices taught by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. The certification is issued by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and the Awareness Training Institute. Gayathri also holds a Masters degree in Information Systems from the University of Southern California.
She lives in Palo Alto with her husband and two kids (16 and 12 years old), who are her joy and inspiration.