Hello current & future meditators! I'm Brandon, founder of WiseMindGentleSoul.
I first found meditation about five years ago during a class at the University of Michigan. The instructor, Dr. Martha Travers was teaching a course on contemplative practices, specifically how journaling and sitting meditation can be used in a regular practice.
To this point, I had lived a life full of anxiety and other diagnoses as well as treatments such as psychiatric medications and therapy.
The practice of meditation was one of the first methods that gave me a sense of internal peace without any side effects. This is not to say that the practice was instantly easy for me - it still is difficult from time to time.
I knew, though, that this practice had unlocked a door to further self-reflection and realization that I had not yet encountered.
I am extremely passionate about providing step-by-step and personalized meditation plans for individuals looking to begin and maintain their meditation practice.
It is my goal to take the paralysis of the “how” out of starting a meditation practice and provide a means and space to cultivate and reinforce the practice.
If someone were to ask me what WMGS meditations are all about, I would say, “We are building the mental muscles necessary to create a new relationship with our thoughts, feelings, and emotions.”
My goal isn’t just to have you relaxed during meditations (sometimes you will be relaxed, and sometimes you may be more restless); it is to establish a method for seeing thoughts and feelings as they really are - fleeting impulses.
Craft, fine-tune, and reinforce your personal meditation practice in a 1-on-1 setting with Brandon.
Join Brandon at the WMGS studio to begin and return to your personal meditation practice alongside fellow meditators.
Brandon leads immersive meditation experiences ranging from one-time lectures and presentations to multi-week meditation workshops.
Recent partners & programs:
Franklin Athletic Club: We have recently completed our first 8-week Introduction to Meditation workshop & continue to hold 8-week workshops that are open to the public for sign-up.
MVMNT Ann Arbor: Co-led the first ever “Spin-i-tate” with Jillian Bean. Jillian led the group in an incredible spinning session, and Brandon led a short meditation and journaling experience to wind down the evening.
Temple Shir Shalom: Incorporated three 7-minute meditations into Friday night services throughout the month of January.
Hofstra University: Presented on meditation and progressive muscle relaxation for Dr. Sarah Novak's Social Psychology course.
University of Michigan: Presented on meditation and consciousness in organizational settings for Dr. Stephen Garcia's Inside Organizations course.
Stern College at Yeshiva University: Presented on meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and body scans for Dr. Robin Freyburg's Emotion Regulation course.