058 – Ben Turshen of The Spring Meditation – The Law of Breathing

Ben Turshen

Vedic mediation and breathing work from a former attorney turned meditation teacher…

Ben TurshenImagine hating your job–something many people experience. Meet a man who decided enough was enough, walking away from a prestigious corporate law firm to become a Vedic Meditation teacher, dedicating his life to shepherding others to live their best lives. Ben Turshen, meditation teacher, joins guest host Jessica Brodkin [Episode 11] in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • Three things Turshen does, Vedic Meditation, work with individuals on breath work, and personal coachingBen Turshen
  • How he was a corporate lawyer, and it ate his soul, but he practiced law for four years, had a breakdown in the first two weeks of law school
  • How his whole life experience was filled with anxiety and depression, which was fairly well managed until law school, and a red flag for a legal career, but still got through law school and got big job in major law firm but didn’t feel successful
  • A law course was taught being on the spot answering teachers questions, and how he was not comfortable in those situations, had anxiety attacks constantly
  • Lifting weights in high school made him feel more confident, went into college thinking he’d be in sports training
  • How reviewing a contract introduced him to law
  • Partnering in Spring Meditation
  • Mantra-based on personalized soundsBen Turshen
  • De-excite the mind and nervous system, to a place of rest, and why timing around meals may be better as a preference
  • Meditation is learned in groups, practiced on your own, different than breath work
  • Breath work has different methodologies, how Turshen chose which breath work to teach
  • Most issues are learning to breathe the right way—not doing that causes massive disfunction
  • The importance of working with people who want to work with you
  • A common theme is educating people on lifestyle and making them happier whether athletics or meditation or breathing
  • Deserving to be happy, and deserving power, and not a mental thing

036 – Rick Little of The Spring Meditation Studio – The Fourth State

Vedic Meditation…

Rick Little, Organizational Consultant & Meditation Teacher, Co-Founder of The Spring, and former Vice President, Administration & Strategic Projects for Friends of the High Line, joins Julie Chan for a discussion Vedic Meditation, spirituality, and being complete. Recorded at the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

Discovering the practice, Vedic Meditation in the workplace, and spiritual vs. non-spiritual practice

Little discusses how he was first introduced to the practice of Vedic Meditation by former boss Robert Hammond, a caution against participating in mediation without proper instruction, and the experience of having a boss speaking with employees about meditation and modalities. Meditation as a spiritual practice and as not being one, how it aligns with what employers want employees to be, and meditation was one way, not presented to staff as a spiritual practice, and why spiritual aspects are not what meditation teachers usually lead with.

Origins, scanning for the most attractive things, and a fourth state

How Vedic Meditation comes from The Vedas in India (which also produced yoga), which is 5-10,000 years old. How to live one’s life in alignment with nature, mantras, how the mind is scanning for things it finds attractive and moving towards it, following it down as the mantra becomes fainter, leaving the mind in a place where it isn’t thinking conscious thoughts. Transcendental Meditation vs. Vedic Meditation, and meditation as a fourth state if consciousness, or wakeful hypometobolic state, and meditation on the subway.

Becoming complete, the right instruction, and The Spring

How meditation is not something that can only happen under a specific set of circumstances, learning to meditate with someone close to you, and why meditating gets us in touch with the part of us that makes us see that we are complete. Instruction in meditation should be seen as important just like any other new skill in life, and why it is best learned on an individual basis. And, how Little is collaborating with several other mediation instructors to open a new New York City studio called The Spring.