Author, Meditation Teacher, Transformational Coach, Spiritual Guide and Intuitive Healer
Hi there. I’m Richard Paterson, ex-monk, meditation teacher, transformational coach and author of two books, “Kick The Thinking Habit” and “Awaken The Happy You.”
After almost four decades of spiritual exploration and self-discovery, it’s now my passion to share with others some of the spiritual nuggets I’ve unearthed along the way.
For the past 20 years, I’ve been helping people find more peace, joy, and inner freedom—to wake up to a richer, deeper, more spiritually connected experience of life.
A Little Bit About Me
Captivated by the book “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda, I set off for India in my early 20’s on a mission to meet yogis and learn to meditate. I quickly fell in love with both the country and its rich spiritual tradition, and spent much of my 20’s and 30’s in Indian ashrams.
I was blessed to be able to sit with some well-known spiritual masters during this time and to absorb their wisdom and presence.
I had a passionate desire to be free of the drama and neuroses of my restless mind, and to experience for myself the inner state of unconditional peace and uncaused happiness, which was the common thread that all these teachers spoke of.
I had my first awakening experience in 1993, while staying in the ashram of Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Puttaparthi.
Looking back, I now see it was more of a psychic opening than a genuine spiritual awakening. I received an unexpected healing gift and spent the next 10 years or so travelling the world, working as an intuitive and a healer.
At the time, I thought I’d ‘arrived’ but, although my life looked successful on the outside ( I had two thriving healing centres and booked out workshops and events), nothing much had changed inwardly.
I was still experiencing the same old restless mind and troubled thoughts as before (with an unhealthy dose of spiritual ego added)!
Following a painful break-up in 2004, I decided to go all in, and embarked on a 6-month meditation intensive, which ended up being the catalyst that changed my life completely.
Two months into the retreat, I stepped outside one day and it was as if the lens I’d been seeing ‘reality’ through had completely changed. The world was vibrant and alive. I felt a deep sense of contentment and oneness, an unconditional love for everyone and everything, and feelings of peace and joy that were beyond anything I’d experienced before.
I had learned so much about how the mind works, the true cause of human suffering (it’s not what most people think) and, most importantly, how to move beyond our limited thinking patterns to connect with our true joyful nature, and I knew my purpose from then on was to share what I’d learned with others. And that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 17 years.
I took vows as a monk and moved to Mexico, where I spent the next 5 years running meditation classes and retreats.
I published my first book “Kick the Thinking Habit” in 2012 and have been coaching others since then, drawing on the lessons I share in the book.
On a personal note, I became more and more drawn to the Self-Inquiry (Who am I?) teachings of Ramana Maharishi and other non-duality teachers, exploring the topic of our true nature and who we are beyond the thinking mind.
For the past 10 years, I’ve been spending my winters at his ashram in Tiruvannamalai, Southern India—writing, meditating and attending live teachings with other spiritual teachers such as Swami Atmananda, Mooji and Lisa Cairns.
In 2016, I completed a 2-year mindfulness teacher training program with the UK Mindfulness Association.
Why Think Less And Grow Rich?Within each and every one of us, beneath the level of the mind, there is a treasure trove of uncaused peace, joy, love and perfect contentment waiting to be discovered—your true Self. Why are we not aware of it? Because our busy thinking minds produce so much noise, so much static, that we fail to notice the still, silent presence underneath. The key to unlocking this inner treasure is to become quiet enough inside that you are able to access the peace, joy and connection that is always there, beneath the surface level of the mind. I believe this is the experience every person is looking for, consciously or not. We want to ‘come home’ to ourselves. Guiding people to this space is the basis of my coaching work. As Eckhart Tolle says:
‘The most decisive moment in your life is when you discover you are not your thoughts or emotions—that you can be present as the awareness behind thoughts and emotions.”