Hi, I’m Brad Gantt.
I’m the founder of Still Moving Meditation and a certified meditation teacher. I originally came to meditation as a means to deal with debilitating stress, turn off the constant chatter in my head and cope with juggling my career and family. The practice was so transformative that I felt compelled to share the knowledge, training to become a teacher under Charlie Knoles and deepening my practice with some of the world’s leading experts including Jeff Kober and Light Watkins. I hope to shine a light into the depths of these ancient practices in a way that’s relevant to your modern life, and have a laugh along the way.
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What style of meditation do you teach?
In their pure form, without dogma, all meditation techniques have value. I teach simple techniques that you can learn and practice correctly, regardless of how busy your life, and mind, is. You don’t need to find a quiet place. You don’t have to sit in an uncomfortable way or concentrate really hard. You don’t need to meditate for hours. You can make it work for you. Most importantly, you can make it stick.
What if I don’t have time to meditate?
A regular meditation practice doesn’t have to take a lot of time out of your day, and can have the benefit of making your remaining hours happier, less stressful, more productive and more fulfilling. Even the busiest of us has enough time to invest in something that can have such a profound impact on the rest of our lives. The best way to know for sure is to experience it for yourself.
I’ve tried meditating before and can’t stop thinking and clear my mind.
One of the biggest misconceptions about meditation is the belief that you need to stop thinking in order to practice correctly and experience the benefits. A thinking mind is a healthy mind and there is nothing wrong with having thoughts during meditation. The practice of meditation concerns where we place our attention and awareness and how we respond to thoughts, sounds, sensations and emotions that arise during our practice. So yes, if you practice the techniques as I teach them, you can and will be meditating.
I’ve been using a meditation app for awhile. How is this different?
Apps, videos and audio files are all great ways to get started with meditation, but they can keep you from having a deeper level of experience. At Still Moving, we teach you to be a self-sufficient meditator so you are not dependent on anything besides your body, mind and breath to meditate and receive all the benefits of the practice. Additionally, learning directly from an experienced teacher gives you the opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, and deepen your practice in ways not possible with pre-recorded programs.
Do I need to be able to sit in lotus to meditate?
Proper meditation practice is accessible to all, regardless of physical ability or limitations. There is no requirement to assume difficult or uncomfortable postures in order to practice correctly and experience the benefits.
Is this a religious practice?
In a word, no. Meditation is a technique for changing your state of consciousness using only your body, mind or breath and can be practiced by any individual regardless of their religious or spiritual beliefs.
I am already an experienced meditator, is your training for me?
Yes, this is an opportunity to learn from an experienced meditation instructor and develop your practice further so you can experience maximum benefit. Additionally, Still Moving sessions include guidance, instruction and practice beyond meditation designed to help cultivate and support your pursuit of a more creative life.
Why online training?
I love teaching in person, and will continue to do so, put I also want my practice to be as practical, flexible, efficient and sustainable–both personally and environmentally–as possible. Having online training as the core of my offering reduces the pollution and fuel consumption associated with driving and makes the course accessible to people who don’t live near Pasadena, CA. The increased efficiencies of online teaching also allow me to follow a “choose what you pay” model to reduce the financial burden on those who would like to learn. Lastly, online training enables students to “learn where you’ll practice” which is critical to ensuring consistency in the real world.