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I have an art degree from Rhode Island school of Design. My visual arts background has expanded into the healing and transformational arts. I am a life/spiritual coach and wellness consultant. I have walked the shaman's path. I practice and teach Eastern and Energy Medicine, Shiatsu, Massage and Yoga. It is my experience that the power of touch and movement can access ones heart, soul, inner truth, unique expression and creativity which is a vehicle to living a joyful and fulfilling life. My blog will include my poetry, photographs, art, insights, experiences and suggestions for living a life that you love! If you are new to this site, please review my older submissions as well as the new ones for they all contain information and concepts that I wish to share and keep alive.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Day and night,
Shadow and light
Ego versus spirit taking flight.

Deeply grounded to the Earth,
Nature, nurture giving birth.

Looking upwards towards the sky,
Up towards heaven way up high.

The compliments of yang and yin,
the duality of connection between everything and everyone akin.

Energy and matter both concrete and real.
One esoteric the other you can both see and tactilely feel.

Harmony, peace and balance is found,
When you can look inside and out, up, down and

All directions are equaly important to inspire the heart.
Becoming one with humanity and god, not separate and apart.

To acknowledge the validity of all that exists.
From infinite to fragile, temporary to timeless.
Births journey towards death.
All intimately connected by duality and breath.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Buddha Nature

I consider myself to be more spiritual in nature then religious. I believe in the foundation of most religions: Love, peace, generosity, honesty and in a higher power from up above. As long as I can remember I have had an infinity for Buddha. I believe that life is a personal journey towards enlightenment. I have always felt comfortable and connected to the concept of God. I experience the energy of Christ as the power to heal, love and transform even when challenged.

When I partner in the sacred dance of bodywork and healing with my clients I know that I am channeling the energy of God. To me this is the healing energy of both Buddha and Christ coming through the universal source. There was a time when I kept this personal "truth" to myself. Then I had my astrological chart read. I was born during a rare lunar eclipse. My chart is a complex web of intersecting points connecting to all the other astrological signs. I was told that the diversity of my chart and the alignment of my stars strongly connected me to both of the healing energies of Christ and Buddha. Wow, now that I had confirmation of why I experienced my connection, it seemed easier to express. Part of my process to connect to my Buddha-Christ nature is to look for the light within. I achieve this through Meditation, Prayer, Yoga / Qigong, convening with nature, Art and Writing. Through these vehicles I am continuously discovering a new relationship with myself and channel techniques to help others through the same process.

Life is a learning experience where you have an opportunity to recreate yourself anew each day. Unfortunately the stresses of life, bad experiences, limited belief systems and a lack of support prevent many from living fully. When you learn to embrace challenge with an open heart and mind and allow yourself to be in a self inquiry around who you are, it is a clearing for rediscovering your inner truth. I strive and coach others around finding the gold (value) in every situation. This is hard to do when you are stuck in the middle of "life not working" but can have very satisfying results if you keep positive and have faith. Very often you can learn much about who you are in the process.
Finding 'Gold" Inner Peace, Truth and Happiness
We have the opportunity to learn more about ourselves each day. One of my personal transformations came when I was questioned by a christian client who noticed that Buddha was visually represented in my office and Christ was not. I do have a lot of angelic representation which to me has christian roots, but her observation was absolutely correct. Christ was not represented and I did not even realize this until she pointed it out. I felt drawn to self reflect and meditate on this. What I came to realize is that most representations of Christ is on the cross in death. I believe in and recognize the death and resurrection yet I still resonate with the life of Christ  as a teacher and healer much more. I experience his energy as the white light of love, purity, healing, truth and spiritual connection which is not a visual thing. During this meditation I realized if there were more images of Christ that resonated with my personal relationship with him, he would be more represented in my environment.

My quest began searching for images that I felt a connection to. I now have a Celtic cross and the "Gift of Spirit" statue on my altar. He is also represented in my "Sacred Space" that I am creating in what used to be my second floor rental apartment. This is the gold that I found after much stress and challenge dealing with tenants. Prayer and meditation pointed me in the direction of using the space for myself and my spiritual development. It has become my personal yoga, meditation and art studio as well as a guest space to share with others. I have faith that God will provide me with the resources to maintain this space without needing the rental income! Through challenge I have grown and recreated my environment as well as myself. I have expanded my connection to life, love, Christ and Spirit. I have embraced my Buddha nature, opened my heart to new creative endeavors and I am grateful that I can share my wisdom with others on their own path to enlightenment.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Garden Within My Soul

With each passage of the seasons, I age.
Each year has nurtured the flowers in the garden within my soul.

Time mirroring nature and the cycles of life.

Parts of my life, like annuals, bloom wonderfully then fade as the seasons change.

Other aspects are like hardy perennials that endure over time.

Returning every season with beauty and grace.
Growing, becoming well established and deeply rooted,
Yet easily transplanted as the garden expands and transforms.

I believe that plants are a reflection of the inner self.

They may be delicate, even fragile
Needing nurturing and tender loving care.

Some may lay dormant, awaiting the day when the proper conditions
Allow for sprouting, growth and full expression.

Others need support from an external source.
A lattice to lean on.

Weeds, like stress, sometimes try to dominant and overshadow the beauty and serenity and need to be tended to.

Some areas of the garden grow wild
While  others are manicured and maintained.

Water, earth, nutrients, compost and sun all help the garden to flourish.

Just as I have been fertilized by love, passion and creativity.  

My life experiences, relationships, and my spiritual journey
have enriched and connected me to the garden within my soul. 


Friday, August 13, 2010

Personal Transformation

I coach others around transforming where they are challenged by life.  I am always striving to practice what I preach. Organizing and getting this blog up is an example of my personal journey towards transformation. 

I set out yesterday to create this blog. This has been on the list of things that I wanted to create for myself and share with others for a while. I have many gifts to share, including my writing, but keeping up with technology and getting it on line is not one of them. I lost my computer consultant (My son Kyle) three years ago to college and became very technologically challenged. Truthfully,  I was always challenged. I managed it by telling my son what I needed and he would miraculously accomplish it for me with grace, skill and ease. He knew that my struggle with the computer was one of my weak links and one of the few things that could upset me and throw me off center.

I started this process yesterday afternoon and after much mindfulness I managed to post my first blog by 3am early this morning. Congratulations to me! There were moments when I thought it would never happen, at least not without help from those gifted with computer ease. My stubborn Taurus nature persisted and would not allow me to give up even though my eyes were red with frustration and steam was streaming out of my bullish nostrils. After all, it is my goal in life to make a global difference and a blog is a good vehicle to do this. It will be a work in progress. I invite you to watch me grow as I master the art of blogging and getting everything that I want to share (Photos, art, poetry, wisdom etc...) on this page. Thank you for joining me on this road to personal transformation!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Art of Mindfulness

We are all unique individuals that have the ability to create our lives. Mindfulness is one of the key ingredients to creating a life that you love. A life were you are happy, healthy, expressed, fulfilled and feel fully alive.
To become more mindful is a practice of awareness. Allow yourself to notice new and different things about yourself and your surroundings. Be open to the mindset that all things happen for a reason and are present for growth and development. When your attitude around experiences shifts, you have an opportunity make a difference in your own life and in turn contribute to the health and balance of others and the planet as a whole.
The first step in becoming more mindful is to make it a practice to look within and acknowledge all that is going on with you on a daily basis. Do this by allowing yourself a few quiet moments each day without distractions. Closing your eyes is essential for inner focus. Allow yourself to journey inside and expand your awareness. Be sure to acknowledge how you feel physically, emotionally, mentally, energetically and spiritually. Sit with these different aspects that make up the essence of who you are and get reacquainted with yourself. Know that this relationship with yourself may change from day to day.  Be in the inquiry of who you are and how you show up in the world with no judgment. We are often out of touch with the details of our own lives. If you need something in your life to shift you must first be mindful of it, as you cannot transform anything that you first do not acknowledge. Being mindful can enrich your life as you become more in touch with all aspects of who you are.

Mindfulness starts within then it expands to all aspects of life. Opening your eyes and seeing as if for the first time, assists you in developing external awareness. Consciously start to observe new things. Tune in to the details of nature and your environment. Notice something different about the people you interact with. Open your mind to a new experience of the world, which will allow you to personally show up more powerfully. As awareness increases, your essential nature, which includes your mind, body and spirit, are stimulated and you end up happier, healthier, and more fulfilled.

Becoming mindful is a journey that can shift your reality and enhance your life. Once you develop this consciousness it continues to grow and show up everywhere, no matter what you’re doing or where you are. One thing that is certain in life is that reality shifts and everything in the world is constantly in a state of fluctuation. If you keep your mind open to the ebb and flow of the ever changing universe and see the learning held within each circumstance, you can transform your health and the way you choose to live.