Dissolve your stress and come alive…
Welcome to Entering the Stream!
We’re an online school and community for inner (and outer) peace in the modern world.
As practitioners have known for centuries, inner practice can open, heal, and transform your mind, body, and energy, freeing you to reduce stress and suffering, come alive, and come into alignment with your most genuine, present, creative, and peaceful life (which is by its nature of the greatest service to others).
My name is Mary Hartley Platt (she/her/they).
(It’s actually a double first name! I go by “Mary Hartley,” “MH,” or “Hart,” or by my Zen name, “Daikan.”)
I’m a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, in the tradition of my primary teacher, Zen master Julian Daizan Skinner, founder of Zenways in London.
In his words (and thanks to his life-changing example), I’ve had “a remarkable experience of [my] own life having been transformed by Zen practice,” and by the other techniques I’ve found and developed, and now teach. I incorporate modern approaches to compassion, trauma healing, energy psychology, the sacred feminine and masculine, social justice, and neuroscience into my work, alongside our Zen approach. I have been able to heal from decades of depression, anxiety, anorexia, complex trauma (C-PTSD), existential doubt, disconnection from my authentic self and purpose, and more, through daily practice over time.
It’s honestly been beyond my wildest dreams of what I realized was even possible in life (and continues to develop more every day).
So, sharing this unique style of transformational practice with you now is my greatest honor and pleasure.
Life can get better and deeper, more peaceful, free, whole, and real. The key is starting an effective inner practice, that washes away stress in your mind, body, and energy system, heals past pain and limiting beliefs at the roots, connects you strongly to the present moment, and reveals who you really are, so you can embody that truth fully and freely in the world off the meditation cushion, soak up the goodness life has to offer, and rest into the flow, infinite potential, and mystery of being alive.
It’s natural to get stuck in stress and suffering. The structure of the human mind and the painful ways our societies have developed make this essentially a universal experience (and not your fault!). However, it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. It is often possible to grow and heal beyond this state, and learn techniques to open up your deepest peace, happiness, wisdom, love, and fulfillment (and become of genuine service to others). You can be the person you’re most meant to be (the person you already are inside, alongside or beneath whatever blocks you may be experiencing).
My co-teachers and I can help you discover and enter this reality (which is already near at hand, all around us and within us…), through simple, inner techniques and supportive, accessible community.
Click through to learn more about our 2-week e-book course (“Learn to Meditate”), 6-week skills course (“Finding Inner Peace”), online practice community (“Stream Circle”), and one-to-one sessions — all available online from wherever you are — so you can get started in your own nourishing and transformational inner practice.
We can’t wait to meet you and practice together!
A more peaceful, connected, and satisfying experience of life is waiting for you…
I’ll answer some frequently asked questions below, so keep reading if you’d like to learn more.