Mindfulness, Meditation and Coaching
Mindfulness and meditation are central to everything I do, both professionally and personally.
It all started 20 years ago when my stressful business career and study of classical piano collided in a health disaster. Since then, mindfulness has brought me 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.
I received my teacher training for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the UMass Medical School in Shrewsbury MA. My public MBSR workshops run 3-4 times a year at the Arlington Center in Arlington MA, and occasionally at other locations in Newton MA.
I am also a member of Triratna Buddhist Order. Within that community, I lead retreats and classes (including at the Boston Triratna Buddhist Community and the Aryaloka Buddhist Center), and provide spiritual mentoring for individuals seeking ordination.
My prior life in 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 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 — none of which exist anymore. My MS degree (basically an MBA) is from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
My lifelong love of music began when I started piano lessons at age eight. I studied classical piano for 20 years until my injury mentioned above put a complete stop to it. Since then I’ve switched to voice — the only instrument that doesn’t require hands. 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.