Namaste… The Divine in me sees and honors the Divine in you.
When I was a little girl, I saw myself helping and healing people. It felt like I had a special understanding that no one else had about the underlying reasons of why people got angry or sad. I believed that I could heal them if I could talk with them, validate their pain, make them laugh, help them see their true and highest nature, and somehow make them realize that they are not alone. The desire to help people has always been present in my mind, heart, and soul and has been a driving force in my life.
Fast-forward to my adult years….I have had my fair amount of pain and suffering. I’ve been victim to experiences that have been excruciating and many others that I have been the cause of my pain and suffering. When life presented me a choice, often times, out of defiance and ego, I chose the harder one- sending me down a long, difficult path choc full of hardships, life lessons, and wisdom.
Seven years ago, I set out on a path of higher education. Along the way, I have learned a great deal about myself, my values, my fears, and my desires. I can admit that academia has been a way for me to prove to myself that I am smart and capable because it is something I never felt as a child. I value knowledge because it has quite literally saved my life and inspired me to keep going. and I also believed that if I gained it for myself that I would have something of value to give to the world. As I wrap up my graduate degree in trauma- informed Social Work, I am called to fine tune exactly what it is that I want to do with my degree. What I am finding over and over again is that the desires I have of helping people heal are stronger than ever and I believe it is through teaching that I will be the most helpful. I didn’t spend my whole life being a student to selfishly keep all the wisdom I’ve gained too myself.
In addition to being a therapist, I am a certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance and a practicing yogi for over 17 years. My concentration is on trauma-informed care, meaning that I am qualified to help people process and heal from past traumas that are interrupting their experience of peace, joy, and happiness in the now both on and off the mat. I integrate both western psychology and eastern philosophy to help students learn what blockages are occurring in the body and mind. I teach students what it means to embody their own practice through present moment awareness, grounding, centering, a deep and fortified connection to self, and honoring the teacher within. My goal is to inspire self-empowerment within my students because this healing practice transforms lives, eases suffering, and guides us in manifesting our dharma, our true purpose in life.
My yoga practice is my spiritual healing practice. It has been and continues to be the best way that I integrate all the lessons and experiences that life has to offer. Teaching others how to be present in their own bodies and how to regulate the prana or energy within is what leaders in the field of mental health, psychology, medicine, and science are all agreeing is one of the most healing practices we can engage in.
Being a student for all of these years has been a highly cognitive process. Yoga is the balance that invites me to embody the present moment and experience the fullness of life while integrating all the life experiences, both good and bad.
These two areas: psychology and yoga are what I have been educating myself all these years to be able to offer. As I step out into the world beyond formal education, I see myself stepping into the role of being a teacher. These two perspectives blend quite beautifully together with the mind, body, soul connection that I believe is necessary to experience peace, joy, and love. The balance we are all searching to achieve lies within a heart-centered human experience.
For a long time, I have wanted to blog about the insights I was having in hopes that they would bring a deeper awareness to your life and be of some use to others.
With 27 years experience in the practice of spiritual healing and personal growth, I have been mentored since the age of 7 by a Spiritual Healing Practitioner who has guided me along my path. I currently work in community mental health and child welfare along with being a certified domestic violence and child welfare advocate. I have experience working in hospice and grief work. I specialize in trauma-informed care using research based methods for healing results.
Practicing yoga has been one of my best teachers. You can nail a pose a thousand times over and all of a sudden, as if out of nowhere, you align and embody it in a way that transforms your perspective and lifts your consciousness even higher. It never ceases to amaze me.
I had this experience recently with the greeting “Namaste”. It occurred to me that “Namaste” was a practice all on its own; that the practice of “Namaste” IS yoga.
When you’ve just finished a yoga class and you’re feeling open and connected and the teacher ends class by giving their version of Namaste, you say it back feeling every word as solid truth. But what about taking that same sentiment off the mat? How can that practice be helpful?
Off the mat, seeing the divine qualities in others creates more understanding and more peace within and more peace in the world. How?
Seeing the oneness of us all calls us to treat others the way we want to be treated.
It is the Golden Rule. The Rule of Light and Understanding which cultivates a peace that pervades all. When I look out into my community, I realize that we are all connected and what happens to some people, in some way happens to all community members.
We have this incredible ability to observe our thoughts.
If you are not in practice it will feel difficult but that is ok- just begin now and it will become easier. Exercise the spiritual muscle of being the observer and without judgment or shame just notice the quality of your thoughts throughout the day.
And with that new awareness, you are empowered to begin the practice of changing your thoughts.
Changing our thoughts about ourselves is a powerful practice. But so is changing our thoughts about others.
Seeing the light and love and peace and joy that is inside everyone can heal relationships, can free you from negativity, and has the power to heal the world.
This practice of Namaste is both a cognitive practice and a spiritual practice. The spiritual aspects of this practice are cultivated when we are in a deep and peaceful knowing. This knowledge of peace comes from the experience of practice. We gain the clarity we need in life by engaging in the moments of life- by being present- being gentle- practicing non-judgment and acceptance- and surrendering.
To the degree that I can know my true identity as a Light and Love filled being is the degree to which I can know that for others.
This is my practice- seeing the Divine in me, knowing we are one, and honoring it in both you and me.
My hope is to offer more wisdom that I gain to help you on your journey. Sometimes I think that maybe we have enough spiritual light bringers but that simply isn’t true- there is so much more work to do on earth and until we have peace for all- we are all responsible for helping to attain that. I hope that my contribution speaks to your soul and inspires you to bring about a healing change from within that can and is expressed out into the world to be a source of healing and transformation for others.