We’re excited to bring you an interview with Troy Aylesworth, a teacher at the Be Meditation Virtual Studio. The Studio launched last week and offers a wide range of classes throughout the day so busy professionals can take a moment to re-center and breathe.
Read more about Troy and his meditation journey below. And be sure to check out the studio’s class schedule here.
- Tell us a bit about you.
Hi, my name is Troy Aylesworth, and I live in Denver, CO/Redmond, WA.These days, I’m most proud of my son, Blake. For myself, I have lived life from many perspectives.
I think my superpower is an innate drive to understand how things work and to make sense of the experience of living. I naturally draw others in to share the journey. I also draw phenomenal people into my life, almost without effort.
Right now, I spend most of my “free-time” with my wife, Britnie, and Blake. We camp, hike, bike, ride scooters, play dinosaurs, and explore. When I’m not with them, I run a residential remodeling business, trade stocks, and am building a cloud-based business for the home rental industry.
- If you had a magic wand, how would you change the world?
I’d have everyone wake up to see that the world they live in is largely a function of what they choose to give attention to.
- Why did you start meditating/practicing mindfulness and what keeps you returning to your practice?
I had to start meditating. In 2004, it was that or start testing ADD drugs and stay in therapy repeating my stories of failed relationships and a relatively strong parochial history. As it turned out the “ADD” was really anxiety. The relationship issues were directly tied to a lack of self-trust. Interestingly, this was all much more effectively managed by grounding and centering—a.k.a. paying attention to my internal experience. For me, through body-oriented practices, I could connect to, and sustain, equanimity that pharma couldn’t touch. My practice(s) are the one thing that allows me to experience a reality that exists beyond my five senses. As esoteric as it sounds, it’s ridiculously practical. It has become the underlying fabric that holds the pieces of human living intact in a meaningful way.
- How does meditation affect your sense of belonging, community and connection?
For me, belonging and connection are highly correlated to my sense of who I am. When I am solid with myself from within, connection outwardly seems to be a natural by product. Again, even if philosophically esoteric, it’s the most practical work I do for myself, my family, my work, and my community.
- What are your hopes for Be Meditation?
I’m all about sharing. Plain and simple.