Each moment is my place of worship, each breath my prayer. My God is every star above me, the grass beneath my feet, and you.
~ Quiet Lotus
About Anna Zieo - Founder & Author of Quiet Lotus
Born in Australia, I spent my youth between Australia and New Zealand before moving in 2004 to the US, where I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
I grew up with meditation and then later studied different schools and disciplines of meditation and its place in religion as a spiritual practice. Now the foundation of my interest in meditation, and in sharing it with others, is in meditation as the universal, non-denominational practice of simply being present in the moment – here and now.
As an integral part of my life for more than 20 years, meditation has given me a deep appreciation for its place as a tool to bring acceptance, greater wellbeing, and peace into daily living. As I have journeyed I have been gifted both with the company of some extraordinary teachers, as well as opportunities to spend long periods in contemplation and retreat. It was during a transformative year spent in quiet contemplation that my appreciation for meditation grew into the desire to share what has been central to my own wellbeing and happiness. Quiet Lotus is the project borne of that gratitude, created with a wish to pass forward to others the guidance and inspiration that have been invaluable on my journey.
Outside of Quiet Lotus, I love to craft and create with my hands through painting and illustration, textiles, ceramics, food, and flowers in the garden. Slow crafts and arts are a passion of mine, from handspinning yarn to wheel throwing pottery, and their natural bridge to our meditative state is an ongoing inspiration and exploration.
It is a joy to create for Quiet Lotus and a joy to share. If I can pass on anything from my experience meditating, it is that meditation is something to be enjoyed, not endured. Meditation, being present here and now, is a naturally occurring state for everyone. We are all meditators. Meditation can take as many forms as there are minds and moments, and it is for each of us to find what offers us the most joyous access to being present in the moment. Whatever direction your journey with meditation takes you in, have fun with it! Have fun with the experience of exploring the inner world of you, of exploring the beauty within that is you, and of being present right here, right now.