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This is my journey of self-transformation and exploring different practices
My life has been beautifully filled with support and opportunities, and I’ve lived through indescribable physical and emotional pain. I had spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis when I was 17 years old and continue to have repercussions today. It challenges me to love my body and accept its limitations daily. My other experience of pivotal pain was watching my father die. My journey through grief has brought me closer to what I believe the true essence of Love and meaning are meant to be. I’m continually inspired to help others the more I experience pain because I know many suffer just as I do. I have built a personal practice founded in science and spirituality, bridging Spirit, body, and mind to hold myself accountable for my continuous healing.
I’m a San Francisco native - New England Boarding School grad - moved to San Diego to study Anthropology - stayed on at USD, and finished my first Master's degree in Leadership Studies focusing on the different processes of self-transformation and group learning - then I moved to Boulder, CO for my second Masters in Psychosomatic Dance/Movement Therapy, but left the program halfway through because the program wasn’t aligned with my values.
For my astrology/self-assessment enthusiasts: I’m a Cancer Leo Aquarius, Enneagram 8 Wing 7, Manifestor 6/2, ENFJ
I live by the belief that we go through challenges to learn how to overcome them so that we may help others who are also suffering.
The way to happiness is through contributing to others’ happiness. I was a pretty confused and angry human before I was introduced to Buddhism a decade ago. Not only do meditation and Dharma studies change how I respond to life, but it also helps me cut through all the unnecessary suffering of my delusions and false narratives WITH Love instead of berating myself or blaming others. This Work we dedicate ourselves to can be pretty ugly and dark, but the continual process of perspective, trust and surrender, and fierce compassion make the intolerable easier to explore.
For the last decade+, I have been on an unrelenting journey to figure out how to serve others best—beginning with leading a meditation group as an undergraduate at the University of San Diego and then continuing during my Master's at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences while working with a non-profit called Compassion It, which educated me in compassion training. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to share these practices with many undergraduate and graduate students, co-instructing a graduate student course (Mindfulness and Leadership) at my school after graduation, leading workshops in corporate settings, and even bringing my creation of Compassionate Leadership to Buddhist nuns in Indonesia, Vietnam, and India.
Now, I blend my academic background with lived wisdom - meeting people with the very real, human needs for expression, sensuality, grief, and spiritual embodiment. There's so much I hope to educate about the body's intelligence!