Ben Bassett

Australia

Unified Mindfulness L² Coach

I’ve been practicing meditation since 2010, with the past few years as a full time contemplative. There’s something in it, I tell ya!

My journey started with the realization that the present moment is all there is. Later, I found out the present moment is deeper and more wonderful than the imagination can stretch. Somewhere in the middle, though, meditation really saved me.

I had anxiety
The kind that makes your organs hurt And I had the kind of mind that exhausts itself with wild creativity
And self hatred

One day my world collapsed and I really needed help. I decided to practice meditation for 20 minutes twice per day. I’m not sure what i expected, but after about 3 weeks, something that would normally send me over the edge, didn’t. I watched my mind choose peace over anger, and right then and there I became obsessed.

More recently, I spent 7 months in intensive retreat and decided it was time to start sharing. I found the UM teacher training, and rented a big old house in a Thai jungle and got started. This place served as a kind of mini ashram – a bridge between the monastery and the “real world” – and was the perfect place to focus on my own practice and begin learning to teach.

In the time in the Old Thai House I taught close to 200 classes, both online and in person, and know that I’ve found what I want to do for the rest of my life😊