I believe that an inspiring and soulful life is possible for every one of us. It’s just that sometimes we lose sight of it amidst the chaos and exhaustion of our daily experiences.
That was my story. Somehow when I wasn’t paying attention life got difficult. I craved spiritual connection, I wanted to live with confidence and ease. But that wasn’t happening, and back then I didn’t really know how to change things.
Searching for answers I ended up at a local meditation class. And that first mindful breath, in the stillness of a candlelit room was like coming home. I finally knew after years of struggle that I would be okay.
In those early years my meditation practice was steeped in Zen tradition- black robes and sitting for hours in complete stillness. My life was a curious mix of strong, devoted Buddhist practice and full on crazy single parenting. I would move between week long silent retreats to a daily life where there was barely a moment to myself. It meant rising every morning before dawn to meditate, and some days the only moment of stillness I could find was behind a locked bathroom door!
But it was worth it. In the silence I remembered who I was. Over time I learnt how to be kind to myself. I gradually let go of my fears, and found acceptance and joy in the life that I had. I began living with happiness and ease.
I’ve been meditating for more than fifteen years now, and although I’ve moved away from my strict Zen training, my practice remains strong- spiritual and devoted, but also real.
Now I’m able to help others transform their lives like I did. For the past six years I’ve been hosting retreats and guiding individuals in mindful living. My techniques are founded on the principle that each of us knows exactly what we need to live well. We simply need space to be present, stillness to hear our voice, and trust in what we hear. This is the first step towards living a life in alignment with our own selves and with the world around us.
If you’re craving change, or simply need to carve out some time for yourself, connect with me here. We can discuss how to work together in a way that best suits you.
I was a student of Zen meditation for fifteen years, receiving training in mindfulness and meditation for ten years at Zendo Buddhist Centre.
Immediately following my training, I spent two years as a coach and facilitator in mindful leadership for businesses. My clients included multi-national companies and entrepreneurs from the UK, United States, Australia and Africa.
My focus eventually returned to meditation and mindfulness. For the past six years I have been hosting retreats, and working with individuals who want to explore and cultivate the practice of mindful living. My teaching includes elements of zazen (sitting meditation practice), yoga, breathwork, and forest bathing (spending time in nature).