“Being fully present isn’t something that happens once and then you have achieved it; it’s being awake to the ebb and flow and movement and creation of life, being alive to the process of life itself.” – Pema Chödrön
Mindfulness changed my life. The teachings and my teachers inspire me to live better and more mindfully aware, awake to the beautiful human experience every day. I spent many years living everywhere but the present, accomplishment-oriented taking every opportunity to further my career in the music industry. Although I was deeply connected to music and the songwriting process and can look back upon a successful career, I yearned for a deeper connection with myself and also with the ocean and knew I needed a change. My path lead me to a celestial connection through which I learned the way to my heart for the first time. Due to events in my past, my mind and my body were in separation and deep in my core was hardness and self-judgment. With the tender guidance of my teacher, gentleness and self-compassion were cultivated and my alignment with Mindfulness began. Mindfulness provides me a way of life that is playful and nurturing that leads my daily practice and writing. What inspires me is the integration of traditional Buddhist philosophy with the ebb and flow of the ocean and its powerful effect on teaching Mindfulness for ease in work and life, as well as for treating mental illness. I seek every opportunity to guide those into experiencing their own aliveness toward awakening to the joy and fulfillment of life itself.
I collaborate with private clients on mindful based approaches work-related stress management and productivity through my company Compassion Conscious and am the Mindfulness Programming Facilitator for Papaya Wellness a Surf & Yoga Retreat Company based in Nicaragua. In 2017, we are launching a Surf Wellness Program in Los Angeles called Step in the Sea. Previously, I managed and co-developed the business of Saltwater Sessions, an integrative program combining mindfulness and surfing for the treatment of addiction and mental illness.
My Mindfulness practice is based in the insight (Vipassana) tradition and principles of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction).