Heeding the Call of Awakening: A Summoning to the Inner Teacher, Healer, and Wise One

Something spectacular happens when we allow ourselves to soften and open. Our vulnerability is a force of nature, the opposite of the weakness and fragility that we’ve been conditioned to believe.   It is fascinating that when we make the choice to become more visible, we instinctually want to shrink, fold into ourselves, and disappear unseen. The closer we inch to the freedom we long for, the more seductive the darkness becomes.   It whispers promises of safety and comfort. It tries to persuade us that change is the enemy. It draws a definitive boundary in the sand. When we become dangerously close to crossing over into a land unchartered, the force of our fear threatens to paralyze us.   … Read More

The Unavoidable Heartbreak of Loving: How to Healthily Navigate Loneliness

From the beginning of time, humans have been driven by their need to procreate in order to preserve survival. We are neurologically and biologically wired to be attached to each other and to be in relationship. Why is falling in love so intoxicating? And, why are break ups, divorce, and the death of a loved one some of the most painful and heartbreaking experiences of the human condition? Both science and neuroscience are quite illuminating when it comes to more deeply understanding why the process of being in relationship is so profoundly beautiful and simultaneously devastating. When we fall in love, our brains are working overtime and pumping our bodies full of the chemical oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone and … Read More

Sensitive, Misfit, Gifted: The Modern Tragedy of Western Pathology

In western culture; we make a habit of pathologizing individuals who don’t fit the mold. Those of us, who have never been able to fit the norm, have often bared the brunt of criticism and backlash for being unable to subscribe to the status quo. We’ve been medicated, misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and have baffled modern medicine and education. We became used to hiding our gifts or brilliance, for fear of standing out more. The majority of us struggled to exist in a world that couldn’t understand or support us. If we were extremely lucky, we might have had families that nurtured our individuality, and fought for our right to belong in the world. We might have even found ways to channel … Read More

Chronically Ill and Highly Sensitive: Transforming Our Sensitivities into Gifts

I have found that it is often within our greatest struggles that we find seeds of priceless wisdom. The agony of my physical embodiment shaped me for a singular and special purpose. My journey to Boulder, Colorado, and contemplative education served as a training ground for my own self-awareness and discovery. I attracted the specific experiences and individuals that would perfectly crack and mold me in all the right places, so that I could actualize the deepest expression of my soul’s purpose. I learned to relinquish my mask and facade in favor of vulnerability and authenticity. I learned that my presence and embodiment were a gateway towards the confidence, pleasure and freedom that had long since eluded me in my … Read More

Chronically Ill and Highly Sensitive: The Trials of Adolescence

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As I progressed in my teen years, spirituality and inner development became the central focus of my life. At age 12, I began working with a highly sensitive children’s mentor. It was through a sense of grace that my mother found my first mentor. I was in the midst of one of the darkest times of my life and was questioning my desire to continue living. Validation for my sensitivities and spiritual gifts gave me an outlet for the merciless overwhelm I was experiencing. I began practicing meditation and cultivating and honing my intuitive abilities. I became enamored by what was beyond the physical because it gave me the freedom I only dreamed of experiencing in my pain-wracked existence. Yet, … Read More