Owner | Meditation Teacher
I’m a regular person who meditates every day.
As a meditation teacher, I’ll meet you where you are in life and together we’ll develop a meditation practice that works for you.
Comfort and sustainability are key, and my style is using real life examples of how to bring more chill into your life through meditation and just taking a few minutes to think before you act.
I believe that happiness and mindfulness can be easy to learn and even easier to maintain when you keep it real.
Jeff Gamer brings compassion, science, athletic performance, and humor to meditation. For most of his life, he found his happiness any time he was in motion…preferably outside. Rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, and long-distance hiking kept him outside and exploring. He’s a math geek and engineer and thinking outside the box is his super power.
Jeff’s life took a sudden turn in 2008 when his wife passed suddenly. The loss of his climbing, hiking, skiing and life partner left a huge hole in his life and heart. Jeff turned inward to make sense of this change. He shepherded many through their grief, while healing his own heart. When his next phase of life presented him with new challenges he found that his usual tools of “getting outside” weren’t quite cutting it.
He began formal meditation instruction in 2013 with davidji, and has gone on to study with Don Miguel Ruiz, Joe Dispenza, and of course, his wife Melissa. Jeff explores mindfulness and meditation with a curious mind and an open heart, while keeping things authentic and approachable. He brings Ninja-like competitive edge to sports meditation and as a former NCAA Tennis Champion, he understands and demonstrates the “winning mind” of an athlete.
When he’s not meditating you’ll find him outside hiking, golfing, climbing or paddle boarding…and he won’t be far from a book!
Let me get this out of the way first: sitting in quiet contemplation does not come naturally to me. Growing up in Queens, NY, under the stern but loving guidance of Eastern European immigrant parents, my life was pretty well charted towards the high-decibel “burn the candle at both ends” direction. I rode that wave willingly, assuming there wasn’t another way that might suit me.
I had a social studies teacher introduce the concept of meditation to me in high school. Reared in the Catholic tradition, I found the simplicity of just sitting in silence fascinating but foreign. As I got older I continued to find myself drawn to the practice but still resistant to just get on the damned cushion and do the thing. I thought if I read about it enough I could absorb some of its benefits. It wasn’t until I was effectively forced into a version of a mindfulness practice in recovery that I allowed myself to try to quiet my very loud mind. Full disclosure: it started with yoga, but I really didn’t worry much about the physical aspect. I just wanted a place to learn to be okay with myself.
After several years of earnest practice, I survived my first yoga teacher training in 2007 and began teaching yoga. Shortly thereafter I stumbled upon Susan Piver’s Open Heart Project, and began practicing under her guidance in 2010. I completed my meditation instructor training with Susan and Jenna Hollenstein in 2018 in an effort to supplement my yoga teaching and broaden my reach.
I aim to create a safe, welcoming space for exploration and acceptance when I teach, with a fair number of corny jokes sprinkled throughout for good measure. I want folks to know meditation really is for everybody. You can start in the here and now and find your way to a more joyful, courageous, and genuine life.
I spend my time off the cushion at the beck and call of a menagerie of rescue animals and in the company of a cantankerous Midwestern motorcycle fanatic. I enjoy accompanying him on rides when my schedule allows, overloading my library hold list, and having entirely too many feelings about basketball.
Hi friends and community, I am so honored to be a part of the Meditation for Regular People community.
I am originally from the midwest, a couple hours south of Chicago. Of course my favorite food is pizza – probably the Chicago in me! I moved to Portland about 15 years ago to get my Masters in Social Work at Portland State University. After graduating, my heart called me to begin my work serving high risk children and youth and their families, providing community based individual and family therapy. While this work was so meaningful and transformative for me, it also impacted me in a way that I didn’t quite know how to integrate and be with.
The love, compassion, commitment to service and the complete belief in human kindness and goodness that originally brought me to social work and therapy became more and more difficult for me to feel and access. This is when I found my way to yoga, and from there, meditation, for my own health, healing and return to self. After practicing and studying yoga asana (poses and movement) for a few years, I started to ask myself, “What’s next?”. The answer, for me, was Yoga Nidra, a particular kind of guided meditation that supports our awakening to our essential nature through exploring the different states of our being or consciousness.
iRest is a unique method of Yoga Nidra meditation that explores the Koshas (the different sheaths or layers of being we experience) as entry points for coming to know who we truly are. We can come to this inquiry through body sensing, breath and energy sensing, the emotional body, the cognitive body, and the bliss body. iRest has the potential to profoundly nourish our connection with ourselves, to open to a deep sense of calm and well being, and to come to the direct realization of our true nature as spacious, timeless and free.
Oh, one last thing, I have a twin sister! So, if you see who you think is me around the neighborhood, it could also be her. We both live, work and play in the Milwaukie-Sellwood neighborhood.
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