One Mind Dharma is the child of Elizabeth and Matthew Sockolov. Originally created as a simple blog about mindfulness, meditation, and wellness, it has blossomed over the years to a full-featured meditation website.
One Mind Dharma was founded in 2011, and offers guided meditations, online meditation courses, and more. Currently living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the meditation center we started in Northern California hosts regular sitting groups, dharma classes, and more for those interested in investigating mindfulness meditation.
Buddhism was first introduced into Matthew’s life when he was only 14. His parents gave him Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Miracle of Mindfulness. Matthew was immediately taken by the ideas he read about, but it took some time before he investigated Buddhism for himself. After years of reading Buddhist literature, Matthew developed a meditation practice for himself. Struggling with addiction for some time, Matthew got sober in May of 2010. Since then, he has worked in treatment centers and sober living, bringing his personal practice along.
Matthew has studied at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles, Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre. He goes on silent retreat every year, often at Spirit Rock, Joshua Tree, with S.N. Goenka, at Metta Forest, and at Deer Park Monastery. Matthew is empowered to teach through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre. He also studies with Thanissaro Bhikkhu at Wat Metta and with various teachers at Against the Stream and Spirit Rock. Matthew cohosted the Dharma Den group at Against the Stream for two years, and helped facilitate the weekly teen group. Matthew has been leading groups in Los Angeles and Northern California since 2013.
Matthew owns Mindful Marketing, a web design and search engine optimization firm that specializes in working with organizations promoting wellbeing. His days are filled with writing for One Mind Dharma, one-on-one meditation coaching, and keeping all of the technical issues under control. In his free time, he may be found at the beach, hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, or seeing his favorite bands.
Elizabeth Sockolov was first introduced to meditation while getting sober. By advice of a close friend, she went to her local meditation center to check it out. Although she had some aversion to the practice at first, she developed a deep love for the dhamma. Since then, Elizabeth has developed a daily practice with the help of her teacher JoAnna Harper. Elizabeth dove into her sangha, being awarded with the Volunteer of the Month from Against the Stream, hosting Dharma Den with Matthew and supporting various daylongs. Elizabeth has grown to become a guiding member of the Refuge Recovery sangha, supporting many women across the country in their investigation of the Buddhist approach to recovery.
Elizabeth studied psychology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and Sonoma State University in Northern California. She was a research assistant with Dr. Nora Murphy, studying nonverbal behavior. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a nationally recognized top honors society. Elizabeth regularly goes on silent retreat with Noah Levine at Joshua Tree and with various teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has been host of one of the first Refuge Recovery meetings, brings Refuge Recovery into local treatment centers, and is passionate about the Buddhist teachings being a path to recovery. Elizabeth helps run OMD’s social media accounts, writes daily emails, and keeps everything running. She has really cultivated her creative side as she designs beautiful handmade jewelry, makes unique wood burnings, and helps design the promotional material for One Mind Dharma.