Lance Smith

A peace and social change activist since college, Lance began meditating and doing yoga in 1969.  Inspired by the lives and works of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, he believes that politics, like life itself, is fundamentally a spiritual process and that there are practices that can support one's commitment to being an active agent of peace in the world.  Over the decades Lance has practiced with a number of meditation teachers from various traditions, attending retreats with Ram Dass, Thich Nhat Hahn, Ganapati Swami, Stephan and Ondrea Levine, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Christopher Titmuss, Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, Roshi John Daido Loori, and others.  He practiced extensively with the Yoga Meditation Society of Madison WI, where he taught introductory and intermediate yoga classes.  To deepen his practice, Lance participated in a one month silent retreat at IMS and spent six months as a resident of Zen Mountain Monastery.  According to Lance, "The practice of Meditation and Yoga isn't about escaping to some magic realm devoid of life's problems.  It's about progressively opening your heart and clearing your mind enough to be fully present to all life in a helpful and peaceful way, to embody the values you believe in.  I can't think of anything better to do."  

Lance publishes a weekly blog,  The MMM Courtesy Wake Up Call each week at He can be reached at (847) 502-6204 for more information.