I had done everything “right.” I went to the right schools, worked at the right companies, married a nice man. I followed the prescribed path to happiness. Yet, nothing had worked out the way it was supposed to and I was terribly unhappy. In my darkest hour, something welled up in me and I declared, “I’m going to figure this out and I’m going to help other people because no one should feel the way I feel now.”
Life started in San Francisco, then I moved to Paris, but it was in Brussels that an amazing, miraculous and life path altering thing happened. I discovered mindfulness. I had been meditating for years and I could quiet my “monkey mind” in an instant. But I had never engaged in the self-inquiry that is part and parcel of mindfulness. This self-inquiry enables me to see life clearly as opposed to through a lens of habitual reactivity. With that clarity I gained the ability to see and leverage the power of my direct experience to change my life, forever and for the better.
Thanks to my mindfulness practice, my habit is to look to my insight, inner game and mindset to find peace in the midst of the chaos that comes with modern living. The challenges of life have not miraculously disappeared, but with these tools I can both weather the unavoidable challenges and have greater appreciation for the good moments too by relying on my personal compass to guide me to safety.
Learning these life lesson also changes my hopes and dreams. Remembering my vow to help others, I began to tease out exactly what I had done to get from where I had been to where I was. I also started studying Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness (CFM). Now I’m a CFM Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher.
My life purpose and work have merged in serving you by helping you cultivate the tools that can help you weather the inevitable storms and enjoy the sunshine more. I have a great deal of compassion and respect for our respective journeys. And I appreciate that there will still be difficulties because mindfulness doesn’t mean that life doesn’t happen. There will still be challenges, but how we can face those challenges can be totally different through mindfulness. They can be less stressful, less disruptive, more manageable.
Using my 20+ years of professional leadership experience, I’ve returned to teaching and coaching. Motivated by my personal experiences, I am led by my training developing skill and expertise, guided by my highly personal exploration of my own experience through the lens of my mindfulness practice, and supported by the latest research and the advice passed on to me by neuroscientists, statesmen, corporate executives and Zen teachers. My focus is squarely centered around serving you.
Now I know in theory and in practice that we can live the life of our dreams no matter what life throws our way. You don’t have to spend the years of loss, heartache, pain, research or training that I have to get here. I’m ready to pass this knowledge on to you, so you can connect with your inner wisdom, release what’s holding you back from reaching your potential and live the life you’ve longed to live. You can live more peaceful and easeful.