Mindful Life

Upcoming Events

Meditation Basics + Mala Workshop

(Ongoing; contact us for details)
$20
  • Learn the “Why”s & “How”s of starting a meditation practice
  • Learn how to identify & set a personal intention
  • Design your own gemstone mala bracelet
  • Learn how to use your mala bracelet as part of your individual mindfulness and meditation practice
  • These mini- workshops are usually held at various private residences, approximately monthly. Email us at {wildgoosemeditation at gmail dot com} for details on the next event.

Welcome to Wild Goose Meditation!

You may be wondering, “Why ‘Wild Goose’?”

The biggest complaint we hear from people who are struggling to begin or continue a meditation practice is that quieting the mind seems difficult if not impossible. Many people think that they must be “defective” because it seems like everyone else is having an amazing meditation experience, while they just can’t stop thinking.

Maybe you’ve been there too. Maybe meditation feels like a wild goose chase where you’re seeking a seemingly elusive tranquility, but your thoughts feel as chaotic as, well, a flock of wild geese. Here’s the thing- your thoughts, just like a wild goose, will rebel, will fight with all they’ve got if you try to subdue and confine or cage them. What results is chaotic and stressful. Birds need to fly, to be allowed to follow their natural course. What if instead, we learn to let go of trying to force/ subdue/ cage/ control those thoughts, and instead observe and appreciate them as they appear, without judgement, and without trying to force them in any particular direction? The result is that what once seemed to be chaotic and uncontrolled now becomes a thing of beauty, majesty, and depth.

Interestingly, the Gaelic phrase “An Geadh-Glas” means “the wild goose” and legend has it that it was used anciently by Celtic Christians to refer to “Holy Spirit”, because like a wild bird, it could not be controlled or subdued, but rather must be sought after. In meditation, we are seeking to connect with Spirit- which represents you connecting with the essence of what makes you YOU, and also represents you connecting with Divinity- what Deepak Chopra calls entering “the God- space”. Fun fact: in many languages, the word for “breath” and the word for “spirit” are one and the same. This is significant because breath is an integral part of mindfulness and meditation.

Our message to you is this: Don’t be afraid of the wild goose chase! Trust yourself. Trust the wisdom that is inside you. Trust that under the initial chaos and discomfort of being present with your thoughts is an opportunity to see yourself and the world in a new and beautiful way.

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About the Founders of Wild Goose Meditation

Meet Rochelle

I grew up in many cities in the Pacific Northwest, mostly suburbs of Portland, OR.  When I was a teen, we moved to the top of a hill in Sherwood, Oregon and planted a Christmas tree farm. My family instilled in me a love of trees, nature, backpacking, animals, and good music.

I got my bachelor’s degree and became a Registered Nurse in 2008. I worked for several years as a public health nurse in well-child, women’s health, and cancer screening. In that time I saw an overwhelming number of people suffering from chronic illness and realized that there was a great need for better stress management techniques to mitigate these issues. My interest in how western medicine intersects with complementary and alternative therapies piqued my interest in meditation and other mind/body based disciplines. I started meditating consistently about 7 years ago and I can say without reservation that I am much healthier in mind and body because of it.

These days I spend most of my time raising my three energetic boys with my husband, studying about the effects of meditation on chronic illness (stress, inflammation, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues), and teaching people to meditate. I fill in the gaps with creative endeavors like sewing and tablescaping, yoga, reading (divided equally between self- help/ positive psychology and sci-fi/ fantasy), playing the ukulele and guitar (the former better than the latter), and cooking and laundry avoidance, in no particular order.

Meet Alicia

I am from the Pacific Northwest originally, but have lived all over the United States and abroad as well. Growing up, one of my favorite activities was to walk along the rock-sandy beaches of the Puget Sound and find white rocks and shells with my grandma and mom. I guess you could say I love long walks on the beach! We would talk about the cliffs we saw, rock classifications, and different wildlife we would observe living in the tide pools. It has fed a lifelong curiosity about the planet we call home.

I have a Masters of Science in Neuroscience and mostly love anything nerdy or quirky. I initially went into this field because of a deep and abiding love for human biology and the connection between chemistry, anatomy, and behavior. In recent years, however, my interest has narrowed to the benefits of meditation as I have experienced the change within myself through meditation and more mindful living. I have a passion for understanding the bridge between mind and body and think one day we will realize it isn’t a bridge at all, but that they are wholly connected.

When I am not hanging out with my husband and children or working on Wild Goose Meditation with Rochelle, I have many hobbies and am distractedly interested in whatever suits my fancy at the time. I love all things yoga, playing the piano, anything to do with nature and camping, reading, and have been known to join an Improv troupe from time to time – just to keep myself on my toes.

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