Meditation, Buddhist practice, and coaching
I have been practicing meditation since 1995, and teaching since 2000. It all started when my stressful business career and study of classical piano collided in a health disaster. Since then, my practice has been central in helping me find my way back to sanity, health, and well-being. In short, it has changed my life. And I feel deeply committed to sharing what I’ve learned with others.
Coaching came to me as a natural outgrowth of my practice and teaching of meditation and Buddhism. I have my Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential through the International Coach Federation, and received my training through iPEC.
I’ve also participated in professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as developed by John Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at the UMass Medical School.
I was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order (formerly Western Buddhist Order) in 2004. Since 2006, I’ve been teaching the online meditation courses and writing regularly for Wildmind Buddhist Meditation. I also lead events at the Boston Triratna Buddhist Community and Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket, NH.
High tech business
My prior life looked very different, to say the least! For 16 years, I worked in software product management and marketing. My role was to interface between the engineers, business managers, and customers in order to plan future software products. I worked at Lotus Development/IBM for 6 years where I was, among others, part of a fabulous team that worked on Lotus 1-2-3 for Macintosh in the early 1990s. There were also several internet startups along the way — but of course, none of them exist anymore. My MS degree (basically an MBA) is from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Another vital part of my life is my music. This lifelong love began in grade school, when I started piano lessons at the age of 8. I studied classical piano for 20 years until a serious injury put a complete stop to it. Since then I’ve discovered my true inspiration — sharing my love of music through my mezzo-soprano voice. I’m often seen (and heard) having a blast leading the chanting at Buddhist gatherings and running occasional workshops on singing and chanting. I’ve also sung with a cappella groups, though I’m currently “between gigs” as they say.