Miami is often thought of as a great tourist destination, with amazing beaches, nightlife, restaurants, and ideal weather. An attractive destination that combines the Latin and American flavors.
Culture, Design and Art are coming into the spotlight more and more. In terms of wellness, along with luxurious spas, there are yoga offerings at every single rooftop, park or hole in the wall.
Authentic meditation and spiritual leaders... Hmmm....that's a different story. Some things cook more slowly in Miami.
We don’t usually get the world-renowned spiritual leaders making a stop in our beautiful city. Well maybe they do...but it’s usually for connecting flights.
But luckily for us this is changing.
For those who are not familiar with Sharon Salzberg, she is one of the pioneers who brought meditation to the west, a New York Times best-selling author, and a Buddhist meditation teacher who in 1974 founded (along with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein) the Insight Meditation Society. She has been shaping the American experience of meditation for about three decades while traveling around the world. One of my favorite books of hers is Lovingkindness. The practice of Lovingkindness was unknown to me until I took one of her classes.
I respect someone who can share their teachings in a pure and sincere way, in words that everyone can understand, while maintaining the sacredness of spirituality and meditation.
I first met Sharon Salzberg in New York City. Overwhelmed with subways, traffic, too much work, too much everything. I took the 6 downtown to Union Square and walked a few blocks to get to Tibet House. The place where Sharon was offering a 4-week intro to meditation.
What can I say? I know how to meditate. I’ve been doing it for years. But I hadn't had the experience of being close to one of those who have shaped the path as we know it.
Do you know what got my attention from Sharon’s first meeting?
You would expect that someone of her caliber would be the last one to enter, and walk into a full room. Well no, Sharon got there at least 15 minutes earlier and as each of us were entering the room she looked at us with a smile. Almost seamlessly, when the room was full and it was time, without making a fuss about it, we were already meditating without a single word. Sounds in the distance didn’t matter. I felt that her presence was so calming and grounded that she could keep almost 100 New Yorkers in peaceful silence seemingly without effort.
She emanates sweetness and a warm presence, and yet her words are direct, and straight to the point. Her presence is strong. Her heart and her teachings are transparent.
I continued taking her 4-week intro to meditation several times in NYC, and when I finally decided to take a meditation teacher training at The Interdependence Project, I was thrilled that she was part of the faculty.
Sharon is visiting Miami this coming Monday, Nov 12th for a special evening at Innergy Meditation from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
This is a rare opportunity to spend an evening with one of the legends in the world of meditation and spirituality. Her presence and her insight bring clarity and joy to every teaching. She speaks from an authentic place of love and compassion and her message is so valuable — especially these days.
For anyone in Miami in the worlds of yoga, meditation or spirituality, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to be a student of one of the great teachers of our times.
When Sharon Salzberg comes to Miami you must simply go.
For registration click here.
Adrian Molina has been teaching yoga continuously since 2004. He is a well-known and respected instructor in Miami and New York, with an extensive worldwide following through his platform and school of yoga, Warrior Flow. Adrian and his husband Dennis reside in Miami and frequently lead workshops and international retreats in NYC and around the world. Adrian is also a writer, massage therapist, Reiki healer, meditation teacher, sound therapist, and a Kriya yoga practitioner in the lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda. Adrian is recognized for the community-building work he does in Miami and beyond.