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About Light Watkins

Light has been operating in the meditation space since 1998, first as a practitioner, then as an apprentice to his Vedic Meditation teacher, and finally as a teacher himself. He's currently based in Santa Monica, CA, but travels the world giving talks on happiness, mindfulness, inspiration, and meditation, as well as leading popular meditation trainings and retreats. 

His passion is to teach people simple tools for increasing happiness. To date, Light has taught meditation to thousands through his live courses, books, and online trainings. He's taught at Apple, Soho House, Summit, and several tech start-ups around the U.S. His first book, The Inner Gym (L&G), is a 30-day "inner workout" for strengthening happiness, and his upcoming book, Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying (Ballantine), is a straight-talk how-to book that teaches busy professionals how to enjoy meditation. 

Light contributes to multiple wellness blogs and writes a popular daily email called Light's Daily Dose of Inspiration. Light's TEDx talk has garnered hundreds of thousands of views, and he is the founder of The Shine Movement, a global pop-up inspirational variety show on a mission to share the stories of regular people who are making a difference in the world.



Showing up

I run into people I've taught to meditate almost on a daily basis around my neighborhood. And most of the time, I'll ask them how their meditation practice is going. You know, if they meditated that morning? And if they haven't been consistent, they'll usually mumble something about needing to come back and see me for a refresher.

That's fine, I'll say, but don't wait until that happens to start meditating again. It's a practice-oriented practice. So start today. Just do 10 minutes today. And then plan to do another 10 minutes tomorrow. Practice one. And plan for the next one. Take it one day at a time, and before you know it, you'll be back consistent.

And if that doesn't work, make it bigger than you. Dedicate your practice to world peace, or to being a better parent, or to being a more inspiring leader. If you view meditation as something you do solely for yourself, you'll be more prone to skip it. But if you give your practice a bigger purpose, you'll increase your chances of showing up. And meditation is 1% technique, and 99% showing up.


This was one of Light's recent Daily Doses of Inspiration. He sends them out each morning. It could be a story, a quote, or an insight. If you're interested in receiving them, you can sign up below.