Brandon had a fascination with exploring the role of thinking, and perhaps mindfulness early on. His first attraction to stillness was as an early teen; “In quiet moments I would have the thought that I would like to act in the world in a unified manner—not merely reacting—being blown about like a leaf in the wind.”
Later—in college—he would often recognize, and suggest to friends that “It’s all a state of mind”.
Life provided three events which, in tandem, proved to be the catalyst to awakening and ultimately forming Ease and Lightness Mindfulness in 2014: Treatment for cancer, recovery from substance abuse, and divorce. Writer Steve Taylor has described this type of life change as a SITE: a permanent Suffering Induced Transformational Experience. SITEs involve the establishment of a new self-system according to Taylor. Gradually, through this emergence, and tasting the fruits of mindfulness, he made a decision to devote himself to teaching.
Brandon is a professional musician, and has performed in many contexts. His current project is Shikantaza. The name Shikantaza is the Japanese Zen form of meditation, which literally translates as ‘sitting quietly doing nothing’, and the group specializes in a meditative flavor of jazz.
He augments his regular meditation with daily yoga practice and study. While many are most familiar with the asanas of yoga—or its physical aspects—yoga is most fundamentally meditation: stilling the mind to see clearly.