Bird teacher: Maggie Lin
‘Meditation supports me to live with more ease and trust, through this sometimes-messy journey of life.’
Maggie Lin

Maggie Lin

Maggie is dedicated to living and sharing mindfulness and yoga. She has completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Foundation teacher training as well as a 600-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. Her exploration of well-being began in 2006 when yoga helped her recover from an eating disorder. Touched by the practice’s nourishing healing power, she began teaching in 2015. Maggie holds a degree in Journalism and Communications, with an M.Phil. in Anthropology. Her Master’s thesis explored yoga in Hong Kong.

When did you start meditating?

I started meditating over 13 years ago as part of my yoga practice. In 2015, I took an 8-week MBSR workshop. For the first 2-weeks, we were asked to practice daily body scans. The teacher would say “Letting the body be, just as it is, allowing yourself to be, just as you are.” Every time I heard this sentence, my nose became sore and tears would run down my face. I was initially confused, but it slowly dawned on me that I have never allowed myself to just BE. My whole life at that point had been a race to do more, achieve and prove myself. The profound moment marked the beginning of a reconciliation with myself - transforming how I live, how I work and relate to myself and others.

Why do you meditate?

Meditation supports me to live with more ease and trust, through this sometimes-messy journey of life. It also brings joy, opens me up to more self-understanding and allows me to tap into the compassion and wisdom that is inherent within. This exploration teaches me to be more human, to embrace different parts of myself and to better love myself and others.

What is your meditation tip?

Bring attention to the breath, feel the body’s contact with the floor or chair, this can happen in the midst of different activities. This internal anchor may support you to better handle whatever is unfolding in the outside world.

Book recommendations

Mindfulness in Plain English (Bhante Gunaratana)
The Places That Scare You (Pema Chodron)
Radical Acceptance (Tara Brach)
Full Catastrophe Living (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
Heal Thyself (Saki Santorelli)
Fear (Thich Nhat Hanh)