What brought you to meditation?
Crossroads in life are created for a reason and I decided to take the “road less traveled.” Meditation was the last thing I would ever ever considered. But my career, relationships, motivation, and sense of purpose had all come to a standstill, yet I had to keep moving forward. Meditation provided a space for me to explore, grow, and discover another part of myself that was always there, yet, I forgot how to access. With an experienced background in yoga (as a practitioner and teacher), meditation was integrated into my practice but in meditative movement form. Meditation brought me into a place of stillness where the mind-body-heart connection created a deeper experience of my human beingness.
Why do you guide meditation?
I offer the guidance of meditation as a moment-to-moment experience; always changing and ever present. In everyday life, so many of us operate from a fragmented nervous system and we have no concrete connection to the present moment. I know this too well:) The moments where attention is present, stable, and felt, are grounding for the nervous system. The sense of grounding, connection and compassion are part of a being human. My purpose is to help others experience mindfulness meditation as a method to live from a greater place of clarity, calm, ease and freedom. By helping others create a personal practice of consistency and sustainability, it is hopeful those skills can be more easily applied to offer support in daily life.
Can you share more about your experience and journey to here?
Experiencing and knowing suffering brought me here. I teach from that place. Judgement, shame, doubt, attachments, boredom are just a few of the many feelings encountered on the path. But mediation has offered a middle ground to life that brings me support while incorporating contemplative practices into everyday encounters. After Vipassana (10-day silent retreat), multiple silent retreats, and MBSR mindfulness retreats thereafter, I pursued the teacher pathway of MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for UMass School of Medical Science. I am now a Qualified MBSR teacher who offers an 8-week MBSR course to help others on their journey of awareness, stress reduction and well-being.
What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
MINDFULNESS. Mindfulness tools—the building blocks of mindfulness meditation and how to establish a personal meditation practice. Mindful Eating-how to develop a healthier relationship to food and eating. I have been a stress and emotional eater for many years, but after being certified in MB-EAT, eating is now a nourishing experience versus a mind-numbing release. Mindfulness tools for Parents and Educators--As a public school educator of 18 years and teaching yoga + mindfulness in schools, I offer support to parents and high school age students who may suffer from anxiety, depression, etc. Additionally, I work with athletes (professional, collegiate, high school and youth) with specific focus on attentional stability, self-awareness, and application on/off the playing field.