Sydney Meditation Teacher
Hello. I’m Daragh. The ‘gh’ is silent, in case you wondered!
I’m a one-time scientist, some-time software guy, and meditation teacher. I also teach and practice yoga.
It’s an interesting combination!
I’m really interested in this that that seems to be happening to me called “life”. Someone once called us “the luckiest molecules in the universe”.
It’s a wonderful phrase – we truly are.
The chance to be alive as a conscious being is an amazing thing. We are capable of experiencing and feeling so much love, joy, pleasure and contentedness.
It’s not always easy though. Everybody has tough mental and physical experiences from time to time. Stress is unpleasant, and, left unchecked over the long term, can be damaging.
It’s a core goal of my life to reshape my relationship with stress and its causes, and to help others to do the same.
Despite this, the capacity of the human spirit to strive towards improvement in the face of huge obstacles never fails to surprise me.
I believe that the simple practices of meditation and yoga can help pretty much anyone manage their stress burden.
I’m backed by science – which is fortunate, as, being a scientist, I’m a natural sceptic!
What I dream of is for people to live in flow, with ease, with a great relationship with their stress and discomfort and with a clear mind.
I know that this is possible as I’ve done it myself, and helped many others along the way.
What I study is what I teach
I place value in aptitude and experience more than qualifications, but people get curious.
I’m a Yoga Alliance 200HR registered teacher. I trained with Nicole Walsh and Rod Galbraith at InYoga in Sydney.
I’ve taken 70 hours of Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation facilitator training with The Gawler Foundation.
I’ve spent numerous hours studying meditation with teachers in the Buddhist and Yogic traditions, including many days of personal retreat.
I’ve studied a 5o hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness training with Sarah Owen.
I’m currently participating in a two year Mindfulness and Compassion teacher training guided by Subhana Barzaghi and Alan Bassal.
I’ve got a BA in Natural Sciences and a MSc. in High Performance Computing from Trinity College in Dublin.
I have a postgraduate certificate in Technology Management from The Open University.
Where I come from, where I hope to go
Like many of us I found my teenage years confusing, disorienting and somewhat stressful.
It’s quite normal to be overwhelmed at this point in life, and I took comfort in the rationality and order provided by science. I fell in love with Physics and set out to win the Nobel Prize like many of my heroes.
The committee has yet to make the phone call, and I got a bit distracted on the way! I’ve been fortunate to have an interesting career, starting as a software engineer and course co-ordinator/lecturer at the School of Physics at Edinburgh University. I followed that with spells developing software for the Investment Banking and Financial Services industry.
I spent four and a half years watching a startup grow up at HotelsCombined.com. When I’m not teaching meditation I still work on technology projects in a variety of roles.
Throughout my twenties I became very aware that I’d chosen a career that involved using my mind. I was being paid for my cognitive abilities – my ability to think and reason were actually my livelihood! I became curious about how to manage my mental abilities and capacities – my then-partner worked in mental health, and I was beginning to realise that I had tendencies towards anxiety, so it felt like something I should work on. (I write more specifically about meditation for programmers at CodingMindfully.com).
I asked myself over and over again – what can I do to keep my mind in working order?
Having discovered yoga at the age of 21 at university, I was introduced to mindfulness meditation around twelve years ago. It was a beautiful revelation. The idea that I didn’t have to be so caught up in my thoughts, that I could practice choosing to step outside the relentless chatter of my mind by embracing the present moment was wonderful news!
My meditation practice has developed through study with a number of secular and Buddhist teachers, retreat work, and more recently though my desire to teach others. My teaching career started with informal lunchtime sessions at my workplace, but I wanted to bring this experience out into the wider world.