I’ve spent 30 years of my life travelling the world living a life extra ordinary. Without knowing, I was actually running away from my problems.
Ever since I was a child I had struggled with the understanding of my mind and it’s emotions. I felt like this was only happening to me and as a consequence I always felt left out. I now know this was an illusion of my own making but I wasn’t the only one that experienced this feeling. I felt confused and wondering where my place in life actually lay.
Until I discovered Mindfulness & 3 Simple Life Principles
A chance meeting with the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh changed my entire life.
It all began after walking the Camino de Santiago, a 1000 year old pilgrim route across the entire north of Spain. It was after spending 40 days and 40 nights walking 1027km from sun up to sun down that I really discovered my own mind. On my way home I decided to go to Plum Village Monastery, the home of Thich Nhat Hanh. I spent 3 months learning the beginnings of meditation and mindfulness from the brothers and sisters of this wonderfully spiritual place.
It was a cold period during my stay and snow had fallen all around. Thay, as he was affectionately known, had taught us bare foot walking meditation in the snow. And as each practiced on their own I found myself walking through a small part of the forest near where Thay’s small hermitage was, without warning and rather suddenly, as I rounded a corner there the great man strode gracefully bare foot in the snow towards me.
I instantly bowed with great respect to this master, and he gestured me to sit next to him on a fallen tree. I would like to say I stay calm an present in the moment, but instantly I was so nervous and extremely excited an emotional mix filled my mind.
As I sat next to this great man my worries and excitement ceased to be and a great calm and love filled my heart as if I had returned to the warm embrace of my mum as a child. Thay spoke to me in a slow and soft voice but spoke volumes as loud as any crashing ocean. He gave me three simple lessons that have stayed with me my entire life, he also gave me a mission to go out and experience what he had just said for my own truth.
These three lessons were so powerful that I knew instantly what and where my entire life needed to go. Thich Nhat Hanh gave me purpose and hope and a new awakening I’d never felt or experienced before. It was as if a seed was planted in my mind, watered, grew and flowered all in one instant.
For the next 8 years I traveled Europe and Asia practicing what I’d been taught. From meditation centres in Sri Lanka, Ashrams in India and Monasteries in Malaysia I diligently learnt to master the ancient art of meditation and mindfulness. Finally I myself became an ordained monk in the jungles of North Thailand in the district of Chang Ria close the the Myanmar and Laos boarder.
I become known as Dhamma Tāpasā and have kept this name ever since.
After leaving the monastic setting to return home I began exploring the 21st century’s equivalent of mindfulness and immersed myself into NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and consequently became a certified coach. I then spent a few 4 years travelling Europe seeking out secluded places to practice meditation and deeper my understanding of our human consciousness and finally settling in beautiful Portugal.
Everywhere I went and everyone I met wanted to learn what I had to offer. I started creating stories to help illustrate the points I was trying to make and ‘The Four Trees’ and 4enlightenment.com were born.
I have helped hundreds of people during my last 10 years based on what Thich Nhat Hanh told me. It has become my calling to help others from their suffering i once shared. I now coach with a simple approach using both Buddhist mindfulness and NLP techniques, through my original stories and analogies of our mind. There is nothing painful to my process and I’ve been told it feels like chatting to an old friend over a cup of coffee.
If you would like to know more and how I can help you Find Your Real Purpose then I’d love to hear from you.
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Dhamma Tāpasā* (Andrew Hallas)
*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. Now a Life Changing and inspirational Positive Coach, a certified NLP Practitioner, Mindfulness Trainer, a Motivational Speaker and a Published Author.
Creator of the highly acclaimed “The Four Trees” a story of learning how we can all live a more fulfilled and content lifestyle.
By using his unique approach of storytelling, mixed with some ancient Buddhist Monk Secrets, 3 Simple Life Principles and all combined with 21st century scientifically proven NLP techniques, Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture your imaginations whilst teaching you valuable Life Skills and True Wisdom.
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