During the past 30 years of practicing and exploring body-mind-soul, through yoga, mindfulness practices and the arts (dance and performance), I have noticed a sincere affiliation with an approach to life that sees the beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent & incomplete.
A way of being that goes back to Taoism and Zen Buddhism, emphasizing simplicity, naturalness, and acceptance of reality.
Perhaps because life sometimes seems complex and 'noisy' (full of thoughts) to me, I find myself returning to my centre as I ponder these notions with a smile.
After more than 30 years of teaching, meeting wonderful people and constantly learning from interacting with them, I feel the need to share my experiences and explore the wisdom of life together, both on a one-on-one session and as a group - in a 'Sangha' - a community of practitioners. Sangha is a Sanskrit word that means "assembly," "company" or "community and is the third of the Three Jewels, along with the Buddha and the dharma (the teaching).
My growing understanding of the power of belonging and its healing effect has developed through the practice of mindfulness and Zen.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Acceptance, without judgment.
Zen Buddhism practice refers to a school of Mahayana Buddhism that asserts that awareness (enlightenment) can be attained through meditation, self-contemplation, and intuition. In Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin), there is an emphasis on impermanence (無常 mujō), suffering (苦 ku) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (空 kū).