Tami Simon is Publisher, CEO, and Founder of Sounds True. In 1985, at the age of 22, Tami Simon founded Sounds True, a multimedia publishing company dedicated to disseminating spiritual wisdom. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Sounds True has published more than 800 audio, video, music, and book titles along with online courses and events. A two-time winner of the Inc 500 award as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America, Sounds True is widely recognized as a pioneer in providing life-changing, practical tools that accelerate spiritual awakening and personal transformation. In addition to being the publisher and CEO of Sounds True, Tami hosts a free weekly podcast series called Insights at the Edge, in which she interviews Sounds True authors about the growing edge of their life and work. Additionally, Tami is a senior meditation instructor under the guidance of Reggie Ray, who teaches in the practicing lineage of the great siddha and Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, our body is considered the gateway to spiritual awakening and our most trusted guide on the spiritual journey. In this morning practice session, Tami Simon—who has trained extensively with renowned Buddhist meditation teacher Reginald A. Ray and is a senior meditation teacher within Dharma Ocean—leads participants through a practice that awakens the body's tremendous sensitivity and intelligence. We begin by lying down and breathing sequentially through all of the pores of the body. We then repeat this process in the seated position, bringing in fresh energy (known in the yogic tradition as prana or the Taoist tradition as qi), exploring the permeability and natural space of the body and the resulting sense of flow.
The process of awakening is radically accelerated when we join our sincere hearts together, declare our intent to be of benefit to others, and invite transformation to occur in us and through us in whatever ways are needed. In this opening session of the 2014 Wake Up Festival, Sounds True founder Tami Simon will be joined by Lakota Sioux elder, Joseph Marshall III, and West African elder, Malidoma Somé, to help us clarify our true heart's intent and offer ourselves fully to the fire of transformation.
Sounds True founder Tami Simon will be joined by ritual leaders Malidoma Somé and Joseph Marshall III to lead us in a closing ceremony for the Wake Up Festival. As part of this final session, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their Festival experience, share with each other their most important "take-aways," and in closing, join together as one voice, sending the energy of themselves and the Festival out into the world.