TEACHERS, FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES
Here is a list of teachers, friends and colleagues I support and admire
Jennifer Welwood: Jennifer is my beloved teacher. Jennifer teaches integrated spirituality and psychology with the intention of fulfilling the human possibility of realizing and embodying our awake nature, in all life circumstances and all relationships. I have infinite love and gratitude for the blessing to study with her on a weekly basis and retreats and to witness her embody the teachings with grace, humility and courage.
John Welwood: I’ve had the honor of studying with John for years. John is a psychotherapist, teacher, and author, and has been a pioneer in integrating psychological and spiritual work for the past thirty years. Being a member of his weekly group is exquisite for me. In my experience, he has unparalleled mastery in guiding a group to co-create and maintain compassionate presence and powerful self-inquiry.
Scott Blossom’s Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Shadow Yoga: From the moment I started studying with Scott in 2007, I was blown away by his understanding of yoga, Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. Over these years, Scott has become not only my main yoga teacher and doctor, but also a dearest friend. I admire his integrity, sincerity and commitment to the path of yoga and awakening. Scott and I collaborate with one another in a variety of settings.
Dr. Robert Sbovoda’s Ayurveda: Dr. Svoboda is Ayurveda. Ayurveda, which translates as the science of life, invites us to explore concrete tools to enjoy a balanced life that can support us as well as contribute to others. Every time I study with Dr. Svoboda I feel inspired by his brilliant mind, his vast knowledge and his unique sense of humor. He’s written several books and teaches all over the world.
Saul David Raye’s Healing Arts: From my perspective, Saul is a teacher of the Heart. In his yoga classes and retreats, I come out feeling connected to my heart and inspired to open it to others. I love Saul’s modeling how to be in a male body while having an open, tender and compassionate heart. I usually travel to study with Saul on his powerful retreats.
Chandra Easton: When I met Chandra Easton in 2008, I thought she embodied a beautiful combination of strength and compassion in a female form. Chandra is a sincere Tibetan Buddhist scholar, teacher and practitioner. Chandra teaches meditation and gives dharma talks relevant to our everyday lives. I could listen to her calm voice all day! Aside from being one of the main teachers of Tara Mandala, the organization led by pioneer female Buddhist teacher Lama Tsultrim Allione, Chandra is a precise shadow yoga teacher and a dear friend.
Thais Harris and Peter Sholley’s Nutrition Consulting: Thais and Peter Sholley are dear friends who have incorporated their skills, passions and talents to help couples thrive by providing nutrition consulting and relationship counseling. They teach workshops in the kitchen! With their support, couples learn to nourish one another both nutritionally and emotionally.
Kate Schwabacher’s Yoga and Ayurveda: Kate is a master at distilling the essence of yoga and Ayurveda into simple practical small bites that can be enjoyed and digested with ease. I love her blog, recipes and yoga guidance. At the moment, my dear friend Kate is studying Chinese Medicine and I’m looking forward to seeing her flourish as a Chinese medicine doctor.
Alón Sagee: My dear friend Alón has compassionately and effectively guided me in making the necessary changes in order to be in complete alignment with my longing to serve, my innermost values and integrity. He’s also encouraged gently and humorously encouraged me to humbly see my capacity to be of service to the world. I’m so grateful for his guidance.
Timothy O’Connor Fraser, Dewdrop Media: Website designer genius. I’ve worked with Tim for the last two years and his attention to detail, problem solving skills and compassionate disposition are of invaluable support. I love working with him because I know I can count on his honest opinion, his openness to try new things, and his solid design skills.
Therapists: Several of my clients find that Language Alchemy is a great complement to psychotherapy. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting psychotherapists who are very committed to doing their own inner work and guide others with integrity and skill. These formidable psychotherapists have all become good friends of mine. We gather as often as our schedules allow to dialogue about our commitment to lasting transformation. I have added them in alphabetical order: Alexis Armenakis (415-704-1910), Amy Bismeyer, Elizabeth Cotton, Jen Poole, Kyle Corsiglia, Mary McDermott and Sandra Amat.
Dr. Patel’s Green Dentistry: Dr. Patel is my dear dentist. Why would I add her here, might ask? Because she’s committed to environmentally sound practices in dentistry (the only dentist of this nature in San Francisco) and I care deeply about being aware of my impact on this Earth. She also practices Language Alchemy in her communication and creates a relationship of partnership with her patients.
Massage Therapists: Self-care and healing touch are essential to remain calm, healthy and available to life’s circumstances. Kara Golux is a skillful and talented massage therapist in the East Bay. I love her ability to sense what kind of pressure each area of my body needs. Cory Shank ‘s precision in his treatments leaves me relaxed and energized at the same time. Cory has helped me with many aches and pains and injuries over the years. Both Kara and Cory and friends on the path, committed to bringing forth a deep sense of presence in their endeavors.
Jill Temkin’s Body Image Coaching and Education: Jill provides coaching services to women after weight loss surgery. She founded Living Thin Within to help women make the internal changes necessary to support their newfound health and wellbeing.
If you are looking for books on communication, I usually recommend these:
Rosenberg M., Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. Puddledancer Press, 2003
Rosenberg M., Living Nonviolent Communication: Practical Tools to Connect and Communicate Skillfully in Every Situation. Sounds True, 2012
Newberg, A. & Waldman, M. Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation strategies to build trust, resolve conflict and increase intimacy. Hudson Street Press, 2012
Lasater I., Words That Work in Business: A Practical Guide to Effective Communication in the Workplace. Puddledancer Press, 2010
Stone, D., Patton, B. & Heen, S. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. Penguin Books, 2010
My favorite books on personal growth while in relationships are:
Welwood, J. Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships. Shambala Publications, Inc., 2006
Welwood, J. Journey of the Heart: The Path of Conscious Love. Harper Collins Publishers, Inc, 1996
Welwood, J. Love and Awakening: Discovering the Sacred Path of Intimate Relationship. Harper Collins Publishers, Inc, 1996
Eisler, R. The Power of Partnership: Seven relationships that will change your life. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2003
Here are some of the inspirational books that have helped me mature, increase my awareness about my contribution in the world and open my heart.
Adyashanti. The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment. Sounds True: Boulder, CO, 2010.
Christensen, A. Yoga of the Heart: Ten Ethical Principles for Gaining Limitless Growth, Confidence and Achievement. American Yoga Association and the Philip Lief Group, Inc., 1998
Coelho, P. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept. Harper, San Francisco. 1996.
Coelho, P. The ALchemist. Harper, San Francisco. 1993.
Dreamer, O.M. The Dance: Moving to The Rhythm of Your True Self. Harper, San Francisco. 2001.
Eisler, R. The Chalice and the Blade: Our history, our future. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., 1995
Eisler, R. The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a caring economics. San Francisco, CA: Berret-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2007
Epstein, M. Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness. New York, NY: Broadway Books, 1998.
Frankel, V. Man’s Search for Meaning, Boston, MA: Beacon Press Boston, 1946
Gibran, K. The Prophet. Alfred Knopf, Inc: New York, NY, 1923
Ram Das. Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita. Harmony Books, New York, NY. 2004
Tolle, E. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Namaste Publishing and New World Library, Novato California, 1999
This is a partial list of organizations whose work I wholeheartedly and financially support:
Brené Brown’s video On Empathy. In this brief animated video, Brene Brown explains what empathy is and what it’s not.
Jay Smooth’s video on distinguishing being from behaviors and communicating it when we consider someone is making racist comments.
Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk: We Need to Talk about Injustice. In this video, Bryan Stevenson invites to use practical tools to engage in conversations about injustice.
Life is Beautiful, an inspiring film about love and the human capacity to be present to the beauty of life in the most painful circumstances.
Arrival, a though-provoking film about the reality language can create when we make the choice to speak the language of collaboration instead of the language of competition.
About Time, a heart-warming comedy about the importance of being present.