frank ra

happiness meditation frank is Dharma instructor, life-coach, well-being facilitator, advaitan, being in becoming, Hay House blogger. He has been coaching and working in eCommunication since late 1995. He learnt “Brain Fitness Coaching” (faculty including Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Harvard Medical School; Dr. Robert M. Bilder, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine). He graduated in International Relations and Diplomacy, and is a Peace Ambassador. Please see media coverage for an overview of how his work has been covered by Asian, Australian, European, North American and Vancouver-based media. If you are a member of the press, you may find our Subjective Well-Being Media-Kit helpful.

His book, “A course in happiness” offers tools to assess one’s well-being, and approaches to live a happier, purpose-driven and flourishing life. The book was published in 2011. More than 62,000 copies of the author’s books have been downloaded on Amazon Kindle from January ’12 to April ’12 alone. It has been Top One Rated Overall (fiction and non-fiction) book on Amazon Kindle in April 2012, Top One Rated book for Mental Health since March 2012, and also Top One Rated book for Self-Help since April 2012. His first book, distributed for free online as “Happiness Formulas”, has been downloaded over 100,000 times (as April 2012)

He facilitates the “Eckhart Tolle Vancouver Gatherings” and, as BC Coordinator for Humanity’s Team, hosts the “Neale Donald Walsch: Conversations with God” gatherings in British Columbia. He has been creating awareness about inspirational pointers, strategical, tactical, assessment and outreach tools to facilitate living a happy, meaningful and fulfilling life. He is a speaker at local and international events.

Frank lived “la dolce vita” in the peacefulness of his native, pristine Italian small town, where he read about spirituality, Eastern/pre-Socratic/Latin philosophy, and started to practice meditation. Until he joined NATO as military police officer, and then visited, in less than 10 years, over 30 countries and 80 cities, cultivating personal/professional development living in Italy, London, USA, Malta, Estonia. He now settled in beautiful British Columbia. During his travels, he familiarized with different cultures and way of living. And understood we are all on the same boat, figuring out what matters for us in life and how to life happily. He noticed there is often little correlation between how “society” defines a happy life and how happy each person really feels. He researched about well-being, both in empirical ways and leveraging existing peer-reviewed studies.

He built and managed the first European social network devoted to peace. He started to blog about spirituality in 2006, and has been blogging on since 2009. This blog is a popular destination for personal development and well-being; it ranks (source: Amazon Alexa, as April 2012) among the top 4k websites in Canada, and top 5k in Italy.

AmAreWay guest bloggers

Dr Bernard J Baars Dr. Bernard J. Baars is former Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, and founding President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. He is interested in human language, the brain basis of consciousness, volition, and a variety of related topics. Baars pioneered a cognitive theory of consciousness called Global Workspace Theory, which is widely cited in philosophy and science. He blogs on and
Blue Eagle is a creator of therapeutic music, and writer of books of wisdom, with the view to enhancing awareness and well-being in humans and Nature. He blogs on

Carla Peterson Carla Peterson, MS, LPC, SAC, is a psychotherapist practicing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She is also a spiritual director. Her training in spiritual direction was from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, which has an interfaith approach. She is a graduate of the Psychosynthesis Center of Wisconsin, taught psychosynthesis classes, and served on the Steering Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis (AAP) for three years, from 2005 to 2008. Carla lives at Joy Farm in rural Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, with her husband and two golden retrievers.
Carol Craig is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Confidence and Well-being and the author of three books including. She is the driving force of the Centre, constantly seeking new and innovative ideas to ensure that it maintains its leading role in the field of confidence and well-being. She blogs on
Colin Read Colin Read is an educator, artist, composer, and a recently returned university student. He has taught over the last 20+ years in a range of subjects and settings including P-12 age students; music, computer studies and basic numeracy/literacy in prisons; and delivery of Professional Learning to educators in a range of IT applications. Recently, Colin has returned to full-time tertiary studies to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Arts Therapy and Masters in Art Therapy at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia
Elisha Goldstein is in private practice in West Los Angeles and co-author of “A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook”. As a licensed psychologist, he teaches mindfulness-based programs on his own and through InsightLA. His articles are published on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (
Hedwig M Weiler Hedwig (Hedi) M. Weiler, MSN, APRN-BC, LCSW has been a practitioner and teacher in health care, mental health, healing, personal transformation and active in community building most of her life. She founded the Psychosynthesis Center of Wisconsin and was one of the founders of the Center for Awakening (CFA). Along with Carla Peterson she now coordinates the CFA Psychosynthesis Program. She teaches psychosynthesis courses on all levels and advanced seminars for mental health practitioners. She conducts retreats and teaches Reflective, Receptive and Creative Meditation.
Jessica L. Main leads the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Chair on Buddhism and Contemporary Society (UBC Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program). Her research includes modern Buddhist ethics, and social action. She worked with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), investigating possible contributions of Buddhism to a physician’s ethic. Her posts here:
Justin Whitaker is an American philosopher and meditation practitioner, currently teaching Buddhist Philosophy in Bodh Gaya, India. He blogs on
Leo Babauta is the creator of Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog. Leo is the author of “The Power of Less”, and “Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System”. He is one of the top productivity and simplicity bloggers on the Internet.
Lynn D. Johnson received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in counseling psychology, and trained therapists in positive psychology and rapid treatment and coaching techniques from all over US, and also assisted organizations in Japan, England, Germany, and Spain. In his own words: “Dr. Lynn Johnson and his wife of 34 years have raised four happy children at home in their spare time” 🙂 He publishes
Mary Jaksch is a Zen Master and blogger. She is passionate about supporting people who want to lead a happier and more meaningful life.
Moni Vangolen hosts weekly satsangs in Vancouver. With Eckhart Tolle’s love and blessings, Moni now functions as a guide of Presence. Her gatherings, Meeting As Stillness, are devoted to spiritual realization: being aware of being this awake, alive, radiant consciousness. You can connect with her on:

Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D., named “one of the nation’s most prominent Ayurvedic doctors” by the Chicago Tribune, is an author, teacher and Ayurvedic specialist in women’s health issues. Dr. Lonsdorf is board-certified in integrative medicine by the American Board of Integrative, Holistic Medicine (ABIHM), has a private practice in Fairfield, Iowa, and teaches Clinical Ayurveda training courses for medical doctors at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California. She blogs on
Brother Noah Yuttadhammo (born Noah Herschell Greenspoon) is a Canadian Buddhist monk, who lives in North America and Thailand, were he was ordained. He blogs on
Venerable Pannyavaro is the founder and webmaster of Buddhanet (, the Buddhist eLibrary ( and the World Buddhist Directory (, as well as founder and abbot and resident Vipassana teacher of Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Retreat Centre.
Rachel Collis is Australian, and has been working in the area of supporting people to create rich and meaningful lives for over 20 years. On she provides suggestions about building well-being based on current research in psychology, coaching and personal development.
Dr. Ramesam Vemuri, Ph.D. from McMaster, Canada retired as an Adviser in the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India, New Delhi. His current interests include research in the border areas of Physics and Metaphysics.
Reet Ra is a hatha yoga and prenatal yoga teacher, who studied biology and ayurveda.
Rob Archer is a London-based management consultant and psychologist with 15 years board-level experience in both public and private sectors. Rob’s research is around the concept of ‘meaning’ in work. He blogs on
Ran Zilca is CEO and founder of Signal Patterns, leading developer of iPhone apps to facilitate well-being. He is known for his “Ride Of Your Life”, the story of a solo motorcycle trip from New York to California, interviewing world-renown scholars, coaches, researchers, authors, and spiritual leaders, in a quest for happiness, enlightenment, and inner peace.
Steve Pavlina is one of the most successful personal development bloggers. Steve’s life purpose is: to care deeply, connect playfully, love intensely, and share generously. To joyfully explore, learn, grow, and prosper. To creatively, brilliantly, and honorably serve the highest good of all.
Dr. Timothy J Sharp (Dr. Happy) is an academic, clinician and coach with three degrees in psychology (including a Ph.D.). He runs one of Sydney’s largest clinical psychology practices, and founded The Happiness Institute (, Australia’s first organisation devoted solely to enhancing happiness in individuals, families and organisations.

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AmAreWay Cameo contributors

christine carter Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center best known for her science-based parenting advice. She is the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents and she teaches an online parenting class for a global audience.

You can follow her Greater Good blog at, and learn more about her parenting classes by going to

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Jeremy McCarthy is the Director of Global Spa Development and Operations for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he merges science, hospitality and holistic wellbeing
Lori Deschene Lori Deschene is the founder of Tinybuddha on Twitter, and site editor of
Dr. Russ Harris, as a GP, became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of medical illness (and increasingly disenchanted with writing prescriptions). He soon developed a special interest in the branch of medicine known as psychoneuroimmunology, which investigates the intimate connection between the mind, the nervous system, and the immune system. Ultimately this led to a career change, and he now works as a therapist and as a coach. He took part in the reality-show “Making Australia Happy”. Credits for biography and picture:
Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Zen Abbot contributes to A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L), dedicated to providing education and support for the practice of grateful living as a global ethic. Picture courtesy of Christine Alicino. His post here is on: Visit
Patricia Campbell Carlson and Br. David Steindl-Rast contribute to A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L), dedicated to providing education and support for the practice of grateful living as a global ethic. Their posts here are on: Visit
Jesi Kelley is an artist with a rich background, living in New York City. She blogs on
Leah Webber is pursuing her diploma as a registered holistic nutritionist at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
Lokabandhu has been ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order for over 20 years. He lives and teaches at the Glastonbury Buddhist Community on Bove Town. See for more.

VIA Ryan M. Niemiec Dr. Niemiec is Education Director of the VIA Institute on Character, a scientific, nonprofit organization that bridges the science and practice on character strengths. He is a licensed psychologist, certified coach, and practices & teaches mindfulness meditation.
Tambre Leighn, MA, Ct.H., CPC, ELI-MP is a certified professional coach. She is a published author and is currently writing her memoir about recreating her life after losing her husband to cancer nine years ago. Tambre specializes in guiding clients during periods of major transition.
Senia Maymin, MBA, MAPP, is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Positive Psychology News Daily, a 50+ author daily news site about the latest research and applications of positive psychology, offered in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Senia works with individuals, companies and universities to help them leveraging positive psychology tools. She is co-editor of the Resilience and Gratitude books by Positive Psychology News authors
Shahram Shiva, blogger on, is a leading Rumi translator, author, scholar and performer. Shiva’s translations of Rumi have been published in several books and are available in a CD “Rumi: Lovedrunk.”
Tracey Jackson is a screenwriter and author who blogs on her own site, as well as guest blogging for HuffPo, Tiny Buddha and Society for Drug Free America, she attempts daily to live as mindful a life as is possible.

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  • Lisalfa says:

    I am the administrator of a newly created Italian forum that talks about issues such as depression, loneliness, anxiety, suicidal thoughts.
    I’d like to create a dialogue between people of different nations.
    And I’m here to ask to you if you would create this bond.
    The aim is to promote dialogue among those who suffer. Bring them to open up and let off steam, and try to help them to respond well.
    Thanks for your attention _

  • Frank says:

    Thanks for getting in touch! Certamente, se volete avere un articolo sul blog che parli del Vs. forum, fatemi sapere.

    Keep up the good job!

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