Ever since I was little…
I’ve been aware of a fundamental connection to something larger than myself. Being raised Jewish, I learned to call it God.
I loved going to synagogue and taking part in Junior Congregation. I always got swept up in the sounds and cadence of the Hebrew prayers, visually grooving on the light coming through the windows of clear or stained glass. Sometimes I’d read the English translations of the prayers, but they always created a feeling of separation — and what I craved was the sense of deep connection and oneness I’d experience in the vibration of sounds and ancient melodies chanted in community.
As I grew up and moved on to my hippie high school and college days, I found other ways to bridge that gap between this world and the Divine (marijuana being my favorite). There were also lots of struggles with depression and anxiety, and a very human ability to be seduced by bright, shiny objects, be they gurus or ideologies or physical objects, including the persistent quest for true love. I was so easily pulled off track, especially just when I thought I’d “finally gotten somewhere.”
It took me a long while to understand that there is no actual “there” that I will ever get to, and that it’s a relief to stop looking outside myself for it.
When I discovered the concept of non-duality, I felt like I’d come home in a most essential way. Through my studies of Kabbalah, Buddhism and other ancient mystical teachings, the path of forgetting and remembering became less painful and more empowering.
It also helped when I learned to not believe every thought in my head.
We all have the ability to do this, to question our thinking, to embody peace, even if it feels like a radio station that fades in and out at times (because it is; static is part of the programming). It’s mostly about slowing down and listening deeply, two things that are not given much respect in this world of information overload. High speed, next generation wireless networks keep us always plugged in “out there” but not “in here,” the only place where our unique answers can be found.
The essence of what I teach comes from learning to listen and respond from new vantage points. It’s about paying mindful attention to my body and soul to figure out what works for me, moment to moment. I’ve learned how to feel all of my feelings, knowing I won’t implode or fall into an abyss. And I’ve learned to be gentle and kind with myself when I don’t feel like the strong, clear, connected person I still sometimes think I need to be in order to guide others. (Oh, the humanity!)
I’m far from perfect, and I’m OK with that. My mission is to help you access the deep and abiding OK-ness within yourself.
And, through taking many forward and backward steps, what’s helped me most is learning how to be compassionate, always begin again when I’ve fallen off course, and honor the small steps along the way. These core concepts are part of what I help you embody in your healing journey.
- BA in Liberal Studies with emphasis in Social Sciences from San Diego State University (1981)
- Shiatsu and Swedish Massage Certification from the New Jersey School of Massage (1986)
- Certificate in Gestalt therapy (1989) to understand more fully how our emotions live in our tissues.
- Reiki Master/Teacher Certification (1998)
- Certification in Non-Dual Kabbalistic Healing, a 4-year program with Jason Shulman at A Society of Souls (2001). Kabbalah is a beautiful, deeply holistic system that helps anyone of any faith (or lack thereof) understand intimately how healed and whole we already are, in spite of — and along with — our very human foibles and challenges.
- Certified Wellness Coach with Wellcoaches, Inc. (2011) Wellcoaches is at the forefront of the revolution to move our healthcare system from an illness model to a wellness/prevention model, and is affiliated with both the American College of Sports Medicine and Harvard Medical School.
- OM Certified Meditation Instructor (2011)
Along the way I’ve also studied Polarity Therapy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Neuro-Muscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Health Kinesiology and CHILL (Chumpi Illumination, inspired by the indigenous wisdom of the Andes, the power of sacred geometry, and the study of universal mystery traditions). Together they provide a deep and exquisite medicine bag from which I can see and support you.
Beyond The Usual Bio — Other Experiences That Inform My Work
- I was a Girl Scout until my senior year in high school — which means that on the weekends I wasn’t partying with my hippie friends, I was camping or helping at fundraisers with my troop. I didn’t have the most badges on my sash, but I did achieve the level of First Class Scout. Among other things, I learned that if I wanted to have a hot dinner, I had to know how to make a fire…
- I played guitar in high school and college, which made me the unofficial music director on those weekend camping trips. I gave it up when learning the more advanced chords felt too difficult. Now I’m learning to play the ukelele; only four strings and lots of one-finger chords make it easy and fun. A great lesson in the fact that effort and practice are necessary, but sometimes ease can get you where you want to go.
- My favorite job (besides what I do now) was as a Page in our town library. That meant I was responsible for covering, fixing and shelving books, as well as checking people out at the desk. I still sometimes fantasize about being a librarian, surrounded by books and helping people connect with the information they need. And it’s why I’m always beating back the piles in my home office — despite my lovely Nook, I can’t resist buying actual books! Their very presence is healing to me. And I love connecting people with useful information.
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