Loch Kelly is the best-selling author of Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness (2015). He is a meditation teacher, psychotherapist, educator, and consultant, as well as the founder of the Open Hearted Awareness Institute, whose goal is to make compassionate awakening more available to everyone. He has extensively studied and practiced Theravada, Mahamudra and Dzogchen meditation for 30 years. Loch has been a member of the New York Insight Meditation Teacher's Counsel and is affiliated with Adyashanti. He has worked in community health, collaborated with neuroscientists studying meditation, and been active with social justice issues in NYC. As a teacher he is known for his humour, direct pointers, and contemporary style of supporting awakening in students.