So who am I? I’ve done many types of work—I’ve been a nurse, art, music, and meditation teacher, and a writer. I’ve worked in hospitals, schools, in meditation centers, and as a musician. But coaching is where all of this really comes together. It’s my favorite work and it’s coming right from my heart. And if you want to know how that happened…
My wish has always been to brighten others lives. All my life I’ve wanted to bring more beauty, joy and, ease into the world, and yet it’s always been obvious that it’s not so easy for many of us to reach the positive states we long for.
I’m an introverted (INFJ) but highly energetic person (my Leo nature, perhaps). During college, I started my work-life as a musician, playing on stages in Europe with a folk band. I loved to make that offering of joy, but it only lasted for each performance. So I continued my education and became an art and music teacher, but I soon found that I didn’t agree with many aspects of traditional education. I was interested in expressing my love in teaching joy and peace more than facts. So to help in a more direct way, I became a nurse in my thirties and spent days and nights working in hospitals.
In between jobs I did long cycle trips all over the world. Meanwhile I steadily added yoga and meditation practice into my days. I thought it must be possible to bring all of this together in my daily life—but I failed every single shift at it. The theory and my teachers said it was possible to mix meditation with daily life, but it wasn’t easy for me.
My own path to discover the root of my suffering lead me to Buddhism, and I learned powerful and life-changing spiritual, somatic and meditative methods. But I wanted to go deeper, so in 2003 I became a nun and joined two back-to-back, three-year meditation retreats.
This experience provided me with many of the answers I was seeking, but the journey of integrating that experience into daily life remained. I still had the strong wish to help others, and I felt pulled back into secular life to see if I now could find my path there.
It wasn’t until several years back working, initially as a nurse and caregiver for ill and dying people, that I really learned how to live a meditative life in our everyday world. People seemed to notice my calm and light cheerfulness and I was sometimes asked where that came from. So I started refining and teaching the skills I’d learned to friends and colleagues—and I saw over and over again, that we each have the capacity to develop a “meditative life” that fit us individually.
It is already a part of our biology, if we know how to look for it. By understanding our own mind-body system and learning to apply some simple and nourishing skills, we really can do this. It really is no different from learning anything else. We just need the intention, awareness, and a competent teacher…
…and that’s why I became a coach.
I coach bright and good hearted women who are struggling with worry, stress and overwhelm and who really want to find a way back home to more joy, balance, and love.
Fifteen years ago, before my meditation retreats, that was me! And it’s still me every once in a while, if I get triggered and lose my natural awareness and intuitive self-care. But those moments are rare and don’t last long anymore—because I have immediate skills at hand that work within seconds or minutes.
I work a lot these days. I enjoy working and I enjoy daily life, as busy, crazy, and full as it is. My heart is warm and well, because I’ve experienced that I really can be a source of joy, a relief from pain and hopelessness, and a guide to increasing awareness and love.
I don’t do my work by painting or teaching art anymore, I don’t do it for just an evening on stage with a CD to take home, but I do it by guiding others to understand themselves and learn the exact skills that cause a shift in the moment. And this integrates self-understanding, self-love and self-care.
These are skills and new habits that break the spell of mind-made confusion and suffering, that pacify the pain, and that allow for immediate relief. The more my clients establish these new habits in their daily lives, the more the worry and anxiety of a packed life that spins out of control when one more thing happens—dissolve on their own.
This makes room for self-trust, peace, confidence and courage to rise up inside and fill life with compassion and kindness, from the inside out.