Meditate on the 8s (MO8)

You want to feel inspired when you sit!  Our intention is to bring you potent, guided, online group meditations that open hearts, expand quietude, and support your practice.

(March 26, 2019 8:08 am)

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Meeting ID: 705 137 294
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Early 8:08 am Add to Google Calendar   Chuck Dana Karuna Anne Dana Karuna
Mid-day 12:08 pm Add to Google Calendar   Anne Sarah Tinamarie Lena Tinamarie  
Late 8:08 pm Add to Google Calendar Karuna Karuna Joseph Karuna Natalie Karuna  
Add to your Google calendar: MO8 weekends, all MO8
Times are in CDT.
Class Detail:
 *Times in CT
8:08am Chuck: Positive Beginnings – It’s a Brand New Week!
12:08pm Anne: Meditation for Beginners – Bringing it Back to the Basics
8:08pm Karuna: Restorative Nightcap

8:08am Dana: Morning Meditations and Inspirations
12:08pm Sarah: Breath & Gratitude
8:08pm Joseph: Finding Your Breath

8:08am Karuna: A Mid-Week Pause
12:08pm Tinamarie: Midday Quietude & Joy
8:08pm Karuna: Restorative Nightcap

8:08am Anne: Bliss Up – Meditations for Joy
12:08pm Lena: Midday Stress Relief
8:08pm Natalie: Restorative Nightcap

8:08am Dana: Morning Meditations and Inspirations
12:08pm Tinamarie: Midday Quietude & Joy
8:08pm Karuna: Restorative Nightcap

8:08am Karuna: Weekend Edition – Poetry Inspired

8:08pm Karuna: Weekend Edition – Poetry Inspired

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What is mindfulness meditation?
Mindfulness meditation is a type of meditation that involves becoming present to what is here in the moment, without judgement. It typically involves connecting to the body, following the breath, and noticing the thoughts. Contrary to popular belief, it does not mean clearing the mind of thoughts, but actually involves noticing when the mind wanders and gently bringing it back to the breath.  Mindfulness meditation is a secular, Western style of meditation that scientific research is proving can help with a myriad of physical and emotional problems that we face in our society. 

MO8 Teachers

Chuck Roper

Chuck is a gratefully retired psychologist. He spent most of his professional life working with alcoholics and drug addicts. He has lived in Texas all his life and in Austin since 1973.

Chuck believes that meditation can change the world — truly and literally. It has changed his life in many positive ways. Chuck came to meditation, yoga, and Eastern Religious studies at a crossroads in his life that included two consecutive life-threatening illnesses. He believes that meditation practice, especially group practice with other meditators, played a major role in his recovery.

Chuck leads the Monday early MO8 class because of that day and time, he keeps it simple. Class begins with brief introductions followed by a simple body scan to identify and relax body tension. Participants privately identify their intention for the day and then slip into 15 minutes of silent meditative concentration. Chuck closes the session with a brief reading, leaving participants with something to ponder throughout the day.

Chuck is something of a water freak. He likes to be around, in, or on water as often as he can. He loves camping around lakes and swimming in lake water. When on dry land, you can find him reading, studying, and writing. Chuck has one published novel and is writing a second. Three much-loved dogs keep him company and his wife of 43 years keeps him in line (kinda).

Listen to a 20-minute guided meditation with Chuck (Google Drive).


Karuna is the Founder and Executive Director of Mind Oasis.

She believes in the power of meditation to help us lead more engaged, humorous, and joyful lives.

It is her passion and dream to see 1,000,000 meditators come through the virtual doors of Mind Oasis in the very near future. You can expect humor, ferocity, and grounded instruction from her classes.

When she isn't meditating or building the Mind Oasis community, you can find her climbing or hiking in the mountains of Colorado with her husband and dogs!

Karuna completed the 300-Hour Dakini Meditative Teacher Training with Kelly Lindsey in 2017.

Listen to a 26-minute guided meditation with Karuna (Google Drive).

Dana Wills

Dana recently relocated from Austin, Texas to Buena Vista, Colorado, a small river town with towering mountains, amazing weather and warm people. With this fresh transition, Dana is looking to reconnect with herself and with nature by spending most of her time in the outdoors – or at least with her windows fully opened most of the day! Dana sees her role in the world as connecting with people so that the ripples of compassion will carry out into the world.

Dana feels that by learning to slow down and listen to ourselves, we can do the same for others. Dana's meditation classes have a similar cadence and vibe to gentle yoga. She emphasizes listening to your body and on consistency in practice. Dana loves being in nature — walking, biking, boating, doing yoga. Sharing conversation and meditative experiences with family and friends is very important in Dana's life.

Dana completed her 300-hour meditation teacher training with Kelly Lindsey and her 500-hour yoga teacher training with Gioconda Parker.

Listen to a 28-minute guided meditation with Dana (Google Drive).

Natalie Hain

Natalie lives in Blanco, TX. She is a yoga and meditation teacher as well as Ayurvedic Wellness Consultant.

Natalie feels that meditation is a way for each person to bring more compassion to their lives. When we begin with ourselves this effect ripples into the our global community.

Natalie's classes focus on the breath and working with welcoming all thoughts and sensations. Each class will also have plenty of quietude with minimal interruption.

Natalie loves to practice yoga, hike, play games with her family, cook healthy food and read.

She has been teaching yoga for a decade and in that time has learned much on how to meditate through years of personal practice and experience.

Listen to a 25-minute guided meditation with Natalie (Google Drive).

Allison Joy Phillips

Allison Joy teaches people how to effectively utilize mindfulness practice to achieve their highest goals. She is based in New York City where she serves as Director of Yoga at Three Jewels and Executive Assistant at Strategic Insight.

She believes that harnessing the power of the integrated mind, body and spirit allows one to achieve anything their heart desires – both for themselves and the entire world.

Her teaching style has been described as "ferocious compassion." She shares time-tested wisdom in a modern, clear way that provides immediate, tangible results.

Allison Joy loves to be with her husband, Todd, and two dogs, Hova and Snoopy. She enjoys discovering inventive plant-based cooking and re-creating her favorite recipes in her own kitchen.

Allison Joy studies meditation with Vessel Academy (formerly Sarva Yoga Academy) Founder, Michael Hewett, and President of Three Jewels, Hector Marcel. She has completed several meditation retreats and over 1,000 hours of teacher training with masters of meditation, yoga and spiritual philosophy.

Listen to a 25-minute guided meditation with Allison Joy (Google Drive).

Vanessa Zakeya Bryant

VZ is an earth-bodied being who manifests the perfect circumstances to continue her growth along the path.

VZ believes that meditation offers an invitation to come into center, and ground, in a highly stimulating world that seeks for our attention. Medtiation can offer the world an opportunity to feel into the moment, with presence and intention, and intend love.

She offers a space for medtiation that is alive and rich with embodied sensation — VZ's classes are interactive and relational in the weaving together of what it's like to be with each other in the space we share.

She loves to be in magnificent nature with her beloved animal and preparing/sharing nourishing meals with beloved people.

VZ is a rebel holistic therapist & health coach, yogi, and lover of embodied presence.

Listen to a 29-minute guided meditation with Vanessa (Google Drive).

Anne McCready Heinen

Anne lives in Austin, Texas, where she's a copywriter and editor, as well as a meditation teacher. She's married and has three children, two of whom are grown, and a sweet dog. Anne has also lived in Kansas, Virginia, upstate New York, New York City, Michigan, Chicago, and Pennsylvania.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been quoted as saying, "If every eight-year-old is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation." Anne believes meditation is a key to transforming the world, in part by cultivating kindness and compassion and heightening awareness of our interconnectedness.

Anne's meditation classes are ever evolving, but a student can expect elements of loving-kindness and self compassion practices, along with time for silent meditation together.

In addition to loving to meditate, Anne loves expanding her knowledge of meditation, the wisdom traditions that inform it, and modern psychology. She also enjoys hanging out with family and friends, spending time outdoors, being a voter registrar, traveling, reading, music, film, and art.

Anne has had a daily personal meditation practice for more than four years. She currently leads two Meditate on the 8's classes on Mind Oasis, and teaches mindfulness to students in the Austin Independent School District under the umbrella of the Amala Foundation.

Her training includes:

  • Level I iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher Training, 2018
  • Mindful Schools' 6-week Mindfulness Educator Essentials course, 2018
  • Stanford University's Compassion Institute's Compassion Cultivation Training, 2018
  • 300-hour Dakini Meditative Meditation Teacher Training, 2017
  • Center for Mindful Self Compassion's 8-week Mindful Self Compassion Program, 2017
  • Study Retreat weekend re: What Death Can Teach Us About Living Wholeheartedly, with Pema Chodron, 2017
  • Appamada's Year-long Zen Buddhist Precepts (Ethics) course, 2016

Listen to a 23-minute guided meditation with Anne (Google Drive).

Tinamarie Espinosa Fuller

Tinamarie is a meditation teacher and is working toward her M.A. in Mindfulness Studies. Her heart's and life's primary occupation of the last 21 years continues to be as the mother of two beautiful-hearted young men, Chandler and Asher.

Tinamarie believes that meditation offers us the space to cultivate an awakened sense of being curiously and openly alive and a place to experience compassionate presence. She believes meditation truly has the power to transform our minds, hearts and actions for the benefit of ourselves and of all others.

Tinamarie's students can expect an invitation to cultivate a heart of deep acceptance and learn to lean into the fullness of present experience. Her teaching is inspired by the approach that "With spaciousness, compassion, equanimity, and love, there is nothing to cling to and nothing to push away. As we rest in this breath... in this moment... all that arises in present time is gently allowed to be."

Tinamarie loves to spend time with her sons; this is her favorite activity of all. She also loves to write, practice yoga, read, sing, listen to music, dance, walk under and lie under trees, snuggle, and share tenderly authentic conversations with people she knows and doesn't know.

Tinamarie has been meditating (in Centering Prayer and Shamatha practices) for 27 years and completed Kelly Lindsey's 300-hour Dakini Meditation Teacher Training in June of 2017.

Listen to a 19-minute guided meditation with TinaMarie (Google Drive).

Joseph Schwartz

Joseph lives in Colorado with his wife Karuna, and their two dogs, Ruby Rose and Stella Bean. He is somewhat of a renaissance man — an inventor, builder, writer, and artist. He shares a manual therapy process that combines kinesiology and neurology to recalibrate how we perceive our environment. Being of service and helping people feel more comfortable in their body is a gift he loves to share.

Medtiation is the place where we can notice how our mind contributes to our suffering, and the suffering of the world. When we are mindful of our own response to the world around us, we have an opportunity to make a change. If we can simply not add to the suffering of the world then the world can be a better place.

In Joseph's class students will be led to create a foundation in observing their experience. This has three parts: 1) to arrive and take your seat or posture; 2) to settle in and notice the vehicle for the mind, our body; 3) to notice the quality of our breath. Each of these aspects have nuances. We will explore how those nuances influence our experience.

Joseph loves to experience movement in his body. He goes for long hikes with his family and takes in the beauty of the mountains. He expresses his creativity through dancing, swimming, and rock climbing.

Lena Golden

More about Lena coming soon!