Meet Richard

Author, Meditation Teacher and Spiritual Coach 

Hi there. I’m Richard Paterson, former monk, meditation teacher, spiritual coach and author of three books, “Kick The Thinking Habit”,  “Awaken The Happy You” and “Help! I Can’t Stop Thinking.”

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After almost four decades of spiritual exploration and self-discovery, it’s now my passion to share some of the spiritual nuggets I’ve unearthed along the way.


For the past 25 years, I’ve been helping to quiet their busy minds,  find more peace, joy, and inner freedom and to wake up to a richer, deeper, more spiritually connected experience of life.

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 find 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 spend extended periods of time with several well-known spiritual Masters during those years and to benefit from 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 that all these teachers spoke of.

I had a few awakening experiences during this time and it was on a 6-month meditation retreat in 2004 that my life changed forever. 

Two months into the retreat, I stepped outside one day and the lens I’d been seeing the world through had completely changed. Everything was vibrant and alive like never before.  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 was given a glimpse into my true nature which continued unabated for several months.

Over the years, I had learned so much about how the mind works, the true causes 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 it became clear that my purpose from then on was to share what I’d learned with others.

And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.

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 teaching meditation and offering coaching since then, drawing on the lessons I share in the book.

On my own personal journey, I became more and more drawn to the Self-Inquiry  teachings of Ramana Maharishi and other non-duality teachers, going deeply into the topic of our true nature beyond the mind.

For the past 15 years, I’ve  been spending my winters at his ashram in Tiruvannamalai, Southern India—writing, studying, meditating and attending live teachings with other spiritual Masters 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 The Name Think Less And Grow Rich?

Within each and every one of us, beneath the surface commotion of the mind, there is a treasure trove of uncaused peace, joy, love and perfect contentment waiting to be discovered—your true self.

So, if it’s our true nature, why don’t we experience it all the time? 

It’s because our busy thinking minds produce so much noise, so much static, that we fail to notice the still, silent presence underneath.

Guiding people to this space is the basis of my work.

I believe this is the experience every person is looking for, consciously or not. We want to end the search and ‘come home’ to ourselves.

As spiritual teacher 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.”

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