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The Bio of Patrick Zeis

Patrick Zeis is a seasoned Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and writer from St. Louis, Missouri. His journey into the realms of mindfulness and meditation began in 2010 on a 3-month backpacking trip throughout India. In the picturesque Himalayan foothill town of Bir, known for its world class paragliding, Patrick was exposed to Eastern spirituality for the first time while volunteering, teaching English to young Tibetan Buddhist monks in their monastery. This experience, and others such as visiting the spiritually intoxicating city of Varanasi, pushed him to explore literature on topics such as Buddhism, meditation, and mindfulness.

However, it wasn’t until being diagnosed with a generalized anxiety disorder the following year when Patrick’s commitment to meditation practice deepened. Recognizing the transformational potential of mindfulness and meditation, he developed a demanding personal practice and studied the works of some of history’s greatest meditation masters. This journey not only helped him overcome his anxiety, by eventually recognizing and disassociating from the though patterns associated with his disorder, but it solidified his belief in the power of meditation and established a desire to share what he’d learned with others.

Patrick’s passion for sharing his insights led him to create a blog called Balanced Achievement in 2016, and still to this day, he uses the site to publish articles related to spirituality, psychology, and personal development. In 2019, Patrick achieved an important milestone on his journey to becoming a mindfulness meditation teacher as he self-published his first book, ‘Meditation Masters: Spiritual Wisdom from our Greatest Teachers’. Throughout the book’s 100+ pages, the life stories, meditation practices, and most profound spiritual teachings of 5 meditation masters, from the religions of Buddhism and Hinduism, are explored.

During the following year, Patrick’s commitment to mindfulness education took another significant step forward when he was accepted into the distinguished Mindfulness Meditation Teaching Certification Program (MMTCP) affiliated with University of California Berkley’s Greater Good Science Center, the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA), the Awareness Training Institute, and Sounds True Inc.. Over the following two years, Patrick immersed himself in the program’s challenging and enriching curriculum, which is led by celebrated meditation teachers and pioneering figures of the Western mindfulness movement, Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. In the spring of 2023, Patrick graduated as a member of the 2023 MMTCP class.

Over the course of the past 13 years, Patrick has maintained his daily practice and continued to immerse himself in relevant mindfulness and meditation literature. He’s also had the opportunity to complete a variety of mindfulness meditation based programs, such as the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) created by Jon Kabit-Zinn, and attend a number of silent retreats, such as the 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat taught in the tradition of S.N. Goenka. 

Today, Patrick’s approach to teaching mindfulness meditation combines what he’s learned over the past decade plus with activities and insights from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Evolutionary Psychology. He is a member of a number of professional associations including the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA), the American Mindfulness Association (AMA), and the International Mindfulness and Meditation Alliance (IMMA).

Beyond his vast experience studying and practicing mindfulness meditation, Patrick has a rich educational background which includes a Bachelors of Communications from Fontbonne University in St. Louis and a Masters of Non-Profit Management from Washington University in St. Louis. He is also deeply passionate about traveling and has visited over 35 countries to-date. 

It’s from these numerous experiences and achievements, not to mention his lifelong commitment to studying mindfulness and meditation, that Patrick’s unique and compassionate approach to teaching and writing has been shaped.

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