Arline SaturdaybornMeditation Teacher
I am a searcher, a teacher, a meditator, and a learner. The civil rights leader Howard Thurman once said, “Do what makes you feel fully alive, because what this world needs is people who have come alive.” If one’s life can have a motto, this is mine!
My mindfulness practice began in the early 1970s with Swami Satchidananda and Integral Yoga. Since then, I have taught yoga for people who think they can’t do yoga, trained in and taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and for the last 15 years have also taught English to Speakers of Other Languages with adult immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
In January 2015, I did a week-long Sustainable Compassion Training retreat with Lama John Makransky and Lama Willa Miller. On the last day of that retreat, Lama John said that these were the kinds of trainings and practices that folks like Martin Luther King, Jr, the Dalai Lama, and Desmond Tutu have, so they can do their work in the world. It was one of those struck-by-lightning, see the light, all-coming-together moments; I knew this was the work I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Then and there, I vowed to do all I could to learn these trainings and keep myself healthy and strong to teach them as well and as long as possible.
These days, I teach Sustainable Compassion Training as 3 credit courses at the University of Southern Maine in Portland and feel deep gratitude to be able to offer people practical tools to access their capacity to care in a world so deeply in need of care. On Thursday nights, you can find me at the Portland, Maine sangha where I’m one of the team practice leaders.