Services I Offer
Mindful Mentorship / Spiritual Training
Mindful because that is the buzzword these days to describe multiple areas of meditation and contemplative practice, and Mentorship because this work is based on a one-to-one connection over shared trials and tribulations as well as goals and aspirations.
As a meditator going on 20 years with a Ph.D. in Buddhist ethics, a Certification as a Meditation Teacher, and years of formal mindfulness teaching, I can bring mindfulness to our every conversation both in my embodied practice and directly by leading guided meditation with you. Part of our work together will be to discuss what your goals are: dealing with particular problems in the world, looking with, changing behavior, establishing and maintaining a meditation practice, etc; and we'll talk about the obstacles you face: anxiety, busyness, relationships, fears, and so on.
My own meditation practice has helped carry me through years of depression and anxiety, traveling alone to England for graduate school, tough break-ups, and countless periods of uncertainty in life. And I've brought the practice to difficult times in relationships, caught myself in moments of impatience with loved-ones, and learned to listen better to my body, including establishing a 'mindful running' practice.
It's important to note that this work is mentorship, not therapy. My skill set incorporates a variety of religious and secular/philosophical modes of practice and understanding, but not training in the professions of counseling or therapy. It is important to recognize that boundary, and not to worry if I say something to the effect of, "that might be better explored with a therapist." I sometimes liken this work to that of having a coach or personal trainer with you at the gym, they can do great things, but they are not the ones to turn to if you've just broken your leg; for that you go to a hospital/doctor. Similarly in mindfulness training: sometimes you will be coming with difficulties that need more professional attention, sometimes the practice itself 'uncovers' deeper difficulties.
On the spiritual level, another analogy is also helpful. That is the image of the mountain climber and guide. I'm not the Dalai Lama or Thich Nhat Hanh, two great figures who have in a sense 'climbed the Everest' of meditative attainments. My work deals more with the lower hills and beginner mountains that climbers can get to know. I can show you the meditative/mindfulness territory I know, and when you've mastered that, we can talk about sending you on to better teachers.