Jonni Pollard is an internationally recognized meditation & wisdom teacher who has dedicated his life to sharing ancient knowledge gained from some of the greatest living masters of our time. He specializes in teaching the art of embodying our true nature to live the most meaningful life possible.
Studying and teaching for over two decades, Jonni has recently returned from New York to Australia, settling in Byron Bay with his family. We had the opportunity to interview the 1 Giant Mind Founder and Author of The Golden Sequence to learn more about his personal journey with meditation, the practice of mindfulness and much more.
𝑸: How old were you when you first discovered meditation – did someone introduce you to it or did you stumble across it yourself?
𝑨: I intuitively began meditating when I was about 7 years old. My parents had just separated and it caused me terrible anxiety. Before falling to sleep each night, I discovered a way to coordinate my breath with the awareness of the feelings I was overwhelmed by and learnt that if I stayed with the feeling and breathed into them, they would somehow dissolve and I would fall into a deep state of calm relaxation. Over the years my ability to do this became second nature. It was only in my late teens that I discovered that it was called meditation.
𝑸: So many people struggle to get the hang of meditation right away. Did you sink into it immediately or did it take a while for you to really understand the practice and its benefits?
𝑨: My journey was certainly a very long and experimental one because I didn’t really know I was meditating at the time. However, at the time I decided to learn it formally, I realised how simple it really is when you have an experienced teacher to show you how. Meditation is very simple with the right instruction.
𝑸: Do you manage to put aside some time to meditate every day or do you have some days where you don’t manage to fit it in?
𝑨: I meditate twice a day non-negotiable and have done so for nearly 25 years. It’s not something that feels like a chore or even a discipline. I look forward to my morning and evening meditation like I do a cool glass of water on a hot summer day after a workout. It’s so refreshing and rejuvenating for me.
𝑸: Your preferred practice style of meditation is Vedic meditation. Can you explain for those who don’t know, what this practice is and its benefits?
𝑨: I practice and teach Vedic meditation. It’s derived from a tradition known as a householder tradition. This means the techniques and knowledge were developed by masters that lived in the world, had families and participated in society. They weren’t monks or reclusive. The practices of monks compared to householders can be very different and cause a different effect on our minds.
If you live in the world and wish to have a deeply fulfilling life contributing to society then VM is a powerful place to start your practice. This particularly enlivens our deepest inner intelligence and ability to adapt to the challenges and demands of daily life. It enables us to rest deeply and recover from accumulated stress. After practising for a short time we feel rejuvenated and lively with creative awareness. We notice a greater ability to respond to life based on what we desire rather than what we fear.
𝑸: Tell us a little bit about 1 Giant Mind and how it came to be?
𝑨: 1 Giant Mind is a ‘learn to meditate’ app and meditation teacher training academy. We train passionate meditators to become impactful teachers of meditation. We teach a technique similar to VM that is accessible to everyone from all walks of life. We created 1 Giant Mind to contribute to making meditation more accessible to people that otherwise might not consider learning it.
“Mindfulness is the by-product of being deeply established in the experience of your true self.”
𝑸: May 21st marks World Meditation Day for 2020. Do you have anything special planned and how do you usually mark this occasion? Or is every day meditation day for you?
𝑨: Yes…everyday is a meditation day and it’s also nice to celebrate the practice on this day with as many people as possible. We’ll be sharing in a mass meditation that I will be leading through the 1 Giant Mind IGTV. I hope you can all join us.
𝑸: What does mindfulness mean to you and what are some ways you apply it to your everyday life?
𝑨: Mindfulness is the by-product of being deeply established in the experience of your true self. It is the natural awareness state when we are connected to the truth of who we are. Meditation awakens awareness and we naturally become mindful. I apply awareness and mindfulness to everything I do in each moment every day. Although I have been practising meditation for 25 years, my level of mindfulness grows every day. It brings me closer to the richness and magnificence of this life and the connection we can feel to it and each other. This is the most precious thing to me. Connection and meaning!