Have you ever heard the following expression?

“We don’t meditate to get better at meditating…”

We meditate for other reasons. We meditate because we want to experience awakening, to improve our health, expand spiritually, manage pain or stress… In short - we meditate for its beneficial side effects. There is no one technique that will do everything for everybody (despite what some enthusiastic practitioners might evangelize).

For this reason, I take a holistic approach with my clients.

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1. FORMAL

Cross-Disciplinary Formal Personal Practice

In my book, Practical Meditation for Beginners, a ten-day personal meditation survey is presented. For each of the ten days, there is a different meditation technique introduced. Readers are guided through the basics of the technique, an outline of some of its unique benefits, how to practice the technique, ways to take it deeper, and resources for further study.

This is essentially the same approach I take with corporate or private clients - with one major exception. While I still think that its great for anyone to experiment with all ten of the techniques included in Practical Meditation for Beginners, we can accelerate the process by having prospective clients complete a survey, which will help me cut to the chase and get you the results you’re looking for.


2. INFORMAL

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In order to really reap the benefits of meditation, we have to consciously integrate the principles in everyday life. Do you have a tendency to get irritable or frustrated in traffic? Or maybe you find yourself eating too much too fast and feeling uncomfortably full and unhappy with your health. This is where the informal component of the Practical Meditation approach comes into play. This is one of the most effective ways to increase the benefits you’re seeking from your meditation practice.


3. COMMUNITY

GROUP, COLLABORATIVE, OR PARTNERSHIP PRACTICE

For me, the only thing more powerful than implementing a daily meditation practice in my life was implementing regular group med- itation practice. Group meditation has taken my understanding and my experience to a completely new level, and I’ve especially enjoyed the conversation and relationships that emerge from meditating with friends.

A sangha, or meditation community, can be extremely rewarding and supportive. I often recommend that students commit to a personal daily meditation practice and also find somewhere to meditate with a group once a week. Group practice keeps you accountable, consistent, and growing.


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Praise for Ben Decker & Practical Meditation for Beginners

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“Many will one day remember Ben Decker as having put their feet on a most joyous path.”

Marianne Williamson, 2020 Presidential Candidate, Author, Activist, Lecturer, Co-Founder of Project Angel Food & The Peace Alliance

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“Ben’s expert voice is friendly, as though you’re receiving advice from your neighbor over green tea. But this is definitely expert advice. Ben Decker demonstrates his sincere study and the expertise he has honed as a teacher at places including Unplug Meditation, The DEN Meditation, Mystic Journey, Wanderlust, and more."

Felicia Tomasko, Editor in Chief,

LA Yoga Magazine

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Ben Decker has captured the essence of what you need to get started on your mindfulness practice journey.”

Sharon Salzberg, Co-Founder of Insight Meditation Society, New York Times Bestselling Author, Mindfulness Teacher


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What I Believe

Hello, I’m Ben.

Many people have asked when I “began” my spiritual journey, or when my “interest” in meditation was initiated.

I don’t remember the first time I meditated, but my parents have pictures of me in early childhood meditating in the most unexpected places - like on our family boat and at the bowling alley. I was blessed to be born into a family who taught me about service, forgiveness, gratitude, and following guidance from the Holy Spirit.

My father’s side of the family has been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since its founding in the mid 1800s. I grew up going on “family history” vacations to historical sites that were sacred to our family and our tradition. When we would go camping, we sat around the fire with my parents, aunts, uncles telling stories of personal miracles, messages from loved ones from beyond the veil, and testimony. At church, among many other things, we were taught that every living soul is of unfathomable value to God, and that there has never been a culture, civilization or nation that God did not love and speak to.

This prophetic lineage is the spiritual foundation from which I explored the world.

What began in childhood as an interest in spirituality, quickly grew into a serious study of world religions, indigenous practices, spiritual psychology, yoga, energy medicine, psychic development, the mind-body connection, and the convergence of science and spirituality.

At the time, there was a disconnect in my mind. I was afraid to really surrender my heart and passion to faith. I passed through dark initiations of heartbreak, drama, addiction, depression, and complicated grief. In the healing and learning that those many dark nights brought me through, I became more attuned to the pain and trauma in the world around me. My own suffering was connected to the suffering around me. I traveled the world on spiritual pilgrimages and mission trips, touring ancient sites and performing humanitarian aid work. I saw the subtle workings of the Spirit in every world religion, and I also saw the insidious workings of the forces of materialism there, too. There was no short cut to knowing the truth, it had to be experienced directly. I found my calling in meditation as a practical component of social activism.

I was called, like my ancestors, to learn about God through direct relationship, and meditation became the medium for that relationship.

  • I believe that all that lives is sacred, and that we are together in an enormous cycle of spiritual and physical evolution.

  • I believe that the spiritual and physical worlds are different aspects of the one Universe, and that both are equally valuable.

  • I believe that through meditation, prayer, and consistent sincere willingness, the human individual is supernaturally transformed into an extension of divine forces.

  • I believe that the great prophets, divine incarnations, saints, and sages of all world traditions have contributed wonderful benefits to the world, and that they metaphorically sit together in council in the heavenly realms, collaborating together through the positive deeds they inspire in the world.

To this day, I remain a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (though this has proven to be challenging and controversial, as I’m in the LGBTQ community), and I am also a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Angeles, I am the founding Spiritual Director of Full Circle Church in Venice, CA, and am a daily practitioner of A Course In Miracles.

My hope is that through this work, I can help you find a little bit of happiness, healing, and maybe even a miracle along the way.

If you’ve made it this far, there is more to discuss!