Highlighting Our Students & Graduates – Dan Carroll
This month we want you to meet ACMM Student and soon to be graduate Dan Carroll! Dan works as a House Supervisor supporting people with a disability to live their best life. He is also a musician, naturopath, and a reiki practitioner who is planning to launch his meditation, naturopathy and reiki business next year. Dan is interested in developing corporate meditations, studying sound healing, and is looking forward to completing his Diploma in Meditation teacher training next year.
Continue reading to learn more about Dan’s journey:
Hi Dan! Tell us a little bit about yourself
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in social science with a focus on Social Welfare. I have completed an Advanced Diploma in Health Science specializing in Naturopathy, a Diploma in Herbal Medicine, and a Practitioner’s Diploma in Nutrition. I also possess certifications in Remedial Massage, Occupational Health and Safety, and Training & Assessment. Recently, I also completed my Level 2 Reiki course and became a Dive Master.
I am passionate about music, I started singing in choirs at primary school, and church and then became inspired to play trumpet in secondary school which led to Euphonium, Trombone, Tenor horn and various Tubas. And then I taught myself Bass Guitar in year 10, and decided I would be a Rock Star! I was in an original band in the early ’90s that had some success; however, we eventually split and went on our separate journeys, and my music career paused. Interestingly it was during these times that I was attracted to meditation and practised often, and had many fantabulous experiences, meditating on the road.
After this, I worked in the finance industry for many years in the ’90s selling insurance and financial products, and I also acted as a model and an extra on many TV shows and movies.
Despite having grown up with atheist parents, I have always had a deep spiritual connection and passion to learn more about life and its mysteries and have been interested in studying religious texts, especially the bible and Buddhism. I read widely and have collected many books on various topics. In the mid-’90s, I took a few weeks off work to work out what to do with my life, which also coincided with seeing the Dalai Lama whereupon I subsequently decided to study Naturopathy, (and then quit the finance sector). This course really resonated with me, and I found it easy to do the study.
I then started working with people who had acquired brain injuries. After I graduated, I planned to start a business, however, I started working at Kew Cottages, supporting people with disabilities, and slowly got immersed into the world of disability. I worked as an Operations Manager for four years, but due to the stress of long hours and surviving through Covid, I decided to step down 12 months ago, and I have been immeasurably happier ever since. I am currently a House Supervisor supporting people with a disability to live their best life.
In 2000 I met my now wife. During our honeymoon in 2004, my wife introduced me to Scuba diving, and I fell in love with it. She also introduced me to snowboarding, which I really enjoyed, as well as motorbikes. We have been living in our cozy house in Burwood, Victoria since then, and have been blessed with one child who is about to turn 16 in a few weeks. We also have a Cavoodle called Raf. In my free time, I play bass in a cover band with some old school friends, go to the gym, play golf, meditate, study, and cook more vegetarian meals for my family, thanks to the Brahma Kumaris retreat I attended.
What attracted you to become a meditation teacher and study with ACMM?
During a holiday in January 2022, my wife asked me if I had considered becoming a meditation teacher. It was at this time I decided to join a meditation class with a Tibetan Buddhist Monk. In August 2022, I found myself researching courses for meditation teacher training. After considering various options, I was drawn to ACMM as it offered a thorough curriculum and flexible payment plans. Additionally, the positive testimonials about the program, along with a recommendation from a Yoga Instructor my wife knew who had completed the course, convinced me to enrol in the program.
How has meditation impacted you on a personal level?
I think meditation has helped me to improve all my relationships – I am calmer and less stressed. I don’t feel anxious, I am more able to go with the flow and be in the moment. I try and live each day in a state of gratefulness, for every experience good and bad, and have a real sense of awe and wonder in nature.
Meditation is at the centre of my being, the wellspring from which all thought, creativity, passion and spontaneity emanate. What I have discovered, is that meditation has strengthened my ability to not react in the presence of stimuli, I am then able to choose a more appropriate response, in difficult situations. I have a clear sense of purpose and a direction that I am working toward, I am excited for the future and for what is yet to come.
I feel conscious and present, and think I am making better decisions, in all areas of life as a result. I feel I have come full circle, as meditation led me to study Naturopathy, and now it has led me back to healing in ever greater ways.
What does your personal meditation practice look like? What styles or types of meditation do you enjoy?
I meditate every day – sometimes twice a day, or at work on a break. I really enjoy listening to relaxing music, using Mantras, simply observing my breath, walking meditations in nature as well as underwater meditation (on a dive).
I love sitting and meditating in nature and getting to that place of bliss that words cannot adequately describe. Recently I have also been doing a lot of self-Reiki which has been interesting.
Do you have your own meditation/mindfulness/holistic business, plans to start one?
I am planning to quit full-time work, hopefully early next year, and work as a casual in disability whilst starting my business. I have registered a domain name and have an ABN and would like to start a meditation group at a neighbourhood house and move toward corporate meditation work.
I am planning to start my Naturopathy business and do Reiki treatments. I am also planning to continue studying next year and do the Diploma in Meditation Teacher training and see where that will take me. I am currently saving to buy singing bowls, and explore sound healing, as I have fallen in love with the sound of these at the retreats.
What would you say to someone thinking of becoming a meditation teacher?
Listen to your heart, be courageous and take the leap, you won’t regret it. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Trust in the process and trust in yourself, the journey into yourself is the best journey of all.
What have you enjoyed about studying with ACMM?
I have enjoyed the positive feedback from Jen my coach. I have loved the two retreats I have been on especially the recent one in the Blue Mountains. I have just loved it all! I feel so grateful to be welcomed into this community.
Watch this space for future updates as Dan’s website and offerings go live next year – www.inazone.com.au
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