Contemplative Practice and a Life in Training
One day in 2004 I stumbled into a meditation center, desperate to get a guy to love me the way I wanted to be loved. Old story. Sitting in the meditation hall I thought to myself that years from now I would not recall why I was so hung up on this neurotic relationship, but I would recall the day my whole life changed by sitting on a meditation cushion for the first time. I was right.
Living in London at the time, I discovered and then become involved with the London Buddhist Center in Bethnal Green and started sitting meditation retreats several times a year. One of my better habits I have not been able to break. My explorations have brought me to study with a variety of teachers in several centers in Europe and the US. I am committed member of the Triratna Buddhist Community, currently undergoing long term intensive Buddhist training.
I have also trained as a contemplative hospice caregiver with the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and the Visiting Nurse Services of New York in 2010. In 2013 I completed the the Integrated Study and Practice Program (ISPP) with the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and New York Insight Meditation Center.
Contemplative practice is the irrepressible center of gravity of my life. It is a refuge, a doorway, and a lifelong training from which I will never graduate.
I am currently undergoing intensive training to become a certified coach with Leadership that Works, an organization that I experience as holding significant thought leadership in the world of coaching, as well as the only coach training I ever found that included cultural competency as well as a whole person approach. Their faculty are a remarkably talented and diverse. Here are a few things that the Leadership that Works team says about itself:
As part of the fabric of people's lives and work, coaching and facilitation awakens empowerment, creativity, personal responsibility and connection to values. We develop transformational coaches and facilitators who empower evolutionary leaders and social entrepreneurs to develop sustainable, collaborative organizations. We take a stand for whole person transformation, and bring diverse voices into the field, developing multicultural competencies in coaching and facilitation.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
After having myself experienced the benefits of a full 8 week MBSR cycle in 2009, I trained in facilitating MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. I completed the Practicum in 2010, and the Teacher Development Intensive in 2014, the same year I also become a certified Senior Trainer with the Potential Project, an organization dedicated to bringing mindfulness to the workplace. I am active member of the New York Mindfulness Meditation Collaborative.
Today I teach 2 to 3 MBSR classes a week to the general public. My class schedule can be found here.
I am particularly interested in supporting leaders who find themselves tripping up or stuck at some point in their journey. I am also keen to mitigate the cost of stress and burn out to organizations and their employees through large scale interventions as well as working individually with leaders.
I myself have more than 17 years of corporate experience in four different countries (USA/UK/France/India), both in the Luxury and Consumer Electronics industries.
For those interested in pedigrees and specifics, more about my professional background can be found here.