Today we’d like to introduce you to Cayce Howe.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I got started meditating in the late 80s during high school. I was in a comparative religion class at my Catholic high school and they had us read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. Something about that book and how it pointing towards enlightenment ignited something within me.
I became an insatiable reader and began to practice meditation of my own. In my late 20s, I began living and working at meditation retreat centers around California and Colorado. I spent a total of six years living and working at meditation centers mostly in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. During that time I was able to to a one year meditation retreat in the karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist Tradition.
I am now a senior Dharma and meditation teacher for InsightLA and manage the meditation and mindfulness programs at the mental health collective in orange county.
I have also had a lifelong connection with motorcycles and consider it part of my mediation/spiritual practice.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have found a spiritual path to be one of dichotomy. Like many things that are worthwhile they come with many challenges. Personally, I was a born seeker. From the time I was a teenager, I felt that day to day mundane life was beyond unsatisfactory. On the outside I had a normal life with friends raised in a blue-collar work hard play hard household. I have beautiful friends and yet there was a pit of emptiness within myself that I longed to remedy.
When I was 28, I moved to the retreat centers. To do so I left my high school sweetheart who I had been with for 14 years I left my career as a pipefitter. I bought a home when I was 25 years old, I sold that. I left my dog and my two cats. That was the hardest part of my life at that time. From the time I was a teenager, I gained dedicating myself fully to path and this is my opportunity.
Living at the centers was in the way happened to me they are however very austere. We had no money, no health insurance, no indoor bathroom showers in may cases, but the teachings were amazing. The biggest challenge however is always the seeking. Being a seeker on the path like being in love with somebody who does not love you back. There is a constant journey in the heart.
It was not until the grace of one of my teachers that this seeking finally ceased.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a meditation, dharma teacher, and poet. I specialize in teaching in a way that is accessible and relatable. I have worked for over six years in the mental health industry, working mostly with individuals suffering from depression and anxiety. I also help long-term practitioners deepen their practice and work with athletes, mostly motorcycle racers in using meditation for performance enhancement.
I founded the InsightLA Long Beach location and we have a beautiful thriving community where we meet and practice meditation together. This community is what I am most proud of. Having a spiritual community and spiritual friends is the most important part of the path. These people are my practice and my teachers.
What sets me apart from others is that I’m not trying to be set apart from others.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
This past Tuesday when a student DM’d me on Instagram “Cayce, I just got out of emergency surgery. It’s a long story, share with you soon…your guided meditations and the retreat in January saved my life – metta, metta, metta” and publishing my book of Dharma Poetry “Becoming Water: Heart Path to Wisdom: Poems on Life, Love, and Awakening.”
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- Instagram: @caycehowe
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/howe.cayce/
- Other: https://soundcloud.com/caycehowe
Motorcycle shots by Pauly Chambers photography
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