As a longtime meditator and yoga practictioner, I offer support for clients looking to deepen their spiritual practice. Many people hear about the numerous benefits of meditation and "mindfulness" practices but aren't sure where to begin. There are many spiritual paths we can be called to and we must have the courage and committment to consistently utilize meditative techniques and allow space for them in our lives. I believe these practices are a powerfull tool for experiencing the many benefits of a deeper spiritual connection. That said, we live in a world that is increasingly interconnected, overstimulating and stressful; shifting away from the activity, obsessive thinking and "wanting" can be difficult but ultimately extremely rewarding.
My practice draws on a life long interest in Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy, 5 years of intensive practice as part of the Windhorse Zen Community, and two and a half years of Kundalini Yoga practice. My years of practice have been transformative as they have taught me to feel grounded in the present moment, to experience the benefits of a long term committment to spiritual practice, and to understand and accept that life will always provide us what we need, although it may be nothing like what we expected. I have dealt with many difficult experiences as my practice has deepened; however, over time, I have learned that the only way forward in my journey is being open to, and accepting of, whatever challenges I face.
How can I help you? One of the greatest challenges we face, as we enter psycho-therapy, is uncovering and addressing the deeper emotional wounds and trauma that are manifesting in our lives as depression, anxiety, ADHD and behavioral problems such as substance abuse, relationship conflicts, over-eating, and many more. Our minds and bodies developed these coping mechanisms to protect us from the pain of these difficult emotions. Meditation and "mindfulness" techniques allow us to shift our awareness to what's happening internally and, as we develop this awareness and allow space for these hidden emotions to surface, to begin to process and release the unwanted energy and emotion. By cultivating a non-judgemental attitude, which is key to mindfulness, we develop the confidence and courage to complete this difficult work while simultaneously developing life long skills of relaxation and groundedness.
In addition to working with you on developing your own mindfulness practice, I meet with many of my clients at Urban Dharma, a Buddhist Center located in downtown Asheville, where we can take time to learn and experience meditative techniques in a truly supportive environment.
I look forward to supporting you in your journey!