Meet Amanda Gilbert
Buddhist-based meditation and psychology, to me, is a practice on how to be a human being.
Describe your practice and/or why mindfulness is important to you.
Being a long-time meditator, my daily meditation and mindfulness practice is essential to who I am and how I live each day. Every morning I begin my meditation routine by waking up and having a mindful cup of tea while reading meditation teachings. Then, I meditate. This morning routine sets the foundation of mindfulness and open-heartedness for the day.
What is your highest value and why?
My highest values are inclusivity, integrity and kindness. I care deeply about inclusivity because it is up to us to undo systems of separation and oppression and to create the just equitable world we want to see. Integrity is my northstar, keeping my mind as free and clear as possible, while kindness is my why behind everything. Because kindness simply heals.
Describe one health practice that is non-negotiable for you each day
My mindfulness practice is a non-negotiable. It nourishes and restores me in each moment.
Describe one tradition that you connect with regularly and why?
The tradition I identify with and practice under is Insight Meditation and Vipassana, with strong Thervada and Mahayana Buddhism influence. Buddihst-based meditation and psychology, to me, is a practice on how to be a human being. It is a framework for how to navigate our most difficult of moments and reconnect to the innate capacity of love within our hearts.
What's the most common method you use for tea preparation and what are you excited to learn more about?
I am a Living Tea Shou Puerh devotee. I love all tea and things, Shou Puerh. My favorites in regular rotation are Samadhi, On The Road, Inner Circle and Understory. I brew sidehandle in my beloved clay teapot, also from Living Tea.
Describe one way that you support your community and what would help you to support others more effectively