to a sacred space . . .
to be heard, to listen to your inner wisdom, to uncover your true and beautiful nature.
The saying goes: pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. But the question is, how do we make it so?
Mindfulness—making space for what’s here, and Coaching—exploring new perspectives on sticky life problems, are two powerful options.
With these tools, combined with heavy doses of tenderness, levity, and curiosity, my work is to alleviate suffering and deepen joy in myself and others.
What I Do
I coach people who are struggling in some area of their lives—who may be having difficulty identifying and implementing helpful changes. Given my longtime experience with life-altering illness, I am particularly suited to working with people who have struggled to be well in body and yearn to move toward a more joyful, fulfilled life.
Drawing on wisdom traditions from throughout the world, I share stories, poetry, personal anecdotes, and psychological research to teach the why and what of mindfulness. I lead varied meditation and inquiry practices to teach the how.
“We offer our blessings and confidence in support of the MMTCP graduates of our worldwide teacher training. We honor the quality of what they have to offer, and the healing and awakening that these teachings and practices bring to our world.”
–With Metta, Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach
I create mixed-media and textile art to experiment, ground myself, and play! Through several years of practice, I have discovered the many ways in which my art-making both encourages and mirrors mindfulness training.
From the blog:
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