I discovered “My Inner Mystic” soon after I found my way back to yoga in the spring of 2010. I had a desire to share my story through writing and was inspired by woman, and now a good friend, that I met on a yoga retreat in Bali in June 2010 who was blogging her personal stories of healing. I brought “My Inner Mystic” forward and created this blog in late summer 2011. My intention then and now is to share reflections and insight into my healing, transformation, and journey of the heart ❤
From August 2009 – June 2010, three highly transformative “events” changed the trajectory and landscape of my life and heart:
1) The biggest relationship of my life ended in a giant “ka-boom.” The circumstances of the ka-boom and the loss of “my person” was extremely emotionally traumatic. I was devastated, hurt to my very core. I have never been in so much pain and I grieved hard for a very long time. I remember how hard my dad cried when my brother died (my brother was 27 and I was a senior in college). My dad sobbed with every muscle in his body and from the depths of his core. That is how hard I cried, that is how deep and profound the hurt and this loss was for me.
2) I read Eat, Pray, Love and this memoir changed my life. I started reading EPL about 6 months after the ka-boom, during the dark months of winter. EPL was like my self help book for weeks. I read about 5 pages a day and slowly digested Elizabeth Gilbert’s story, her insights, and the insight of others she met along the way, most notably “Richard from Texas.” Her story and insights brought a lot of healing into my life and inspired my return to yoga, this time with a new intention: to heal in body, mind, and spirit. Liz Gilbert also inspired me to begin traveling on my own. I embraced her spirit and set out on my first solo adventure to Italy where I attended my very first yoga retreat, a week long Anusara retreat in the hills of Umbria.
3) From the rolling hills of Umbria I delved into my yoga practice. Upon my return from Italy, I dedicated myself to yoga, absorbing the practice in body, mind, and spirit, into my essence. Yoga has become a part of who I am and has shaped the way I live my life: from the heart <3. I practice in a tradition that is inspired by tantric philosophy.
In the budding months of spring, 2012 I formulated what I call my “new life vision.” I realized that everything I’ve been through in life – the hardships, the pain, the suffering – is a tremendous gift, an amazing resource I can draw from, along with my learning on my mind-body-spirit journey, to help and serve others who are healing from loss and grief and more and are on the path of personal growth and development and awakening.
The first part of my “new life vision” was to become a certified yoga teacher. In December, 2014 I completed a two year yoga teacher training, investing myself in nearly 325 hours of training time, and earning a 200 hour Certificate of Completion with Seattle Yoga Arts. I have accumulated nearly 100 hours in the advanced 500 hour teacher training and have over 200 hours of teaching time under my yoga mat.
The second part of my “new life vision” was to pursue a master’s in counseling. I started my MA in Psychology, Counseling Specialization with Saybrook University (formerly LIOS) in January 2017 and will graduate in December 2018.
More about the author:
I am a dedicated student and practitioner of non-violent communication (NVC). I began this journey at the beginning of 2013 and I continue to move deeper into NVC Consciousness. I meet and practice weekly in a co-created, peer led group.
I LOVE nature and the outdoors. Among my regular outdoor activities – I bike to work, hike, and snowshoe. I love to travel and I love adventure. I love to play. I have a passion and a gift for creating sacred ritual and ceremony and lead and facilitate ceremony when my creative impulses bring forth a vision.
I have a BA in English and History from Linfield College and an MA in English from Western Washington University. Once upon a time, I taught composition courses at WWU and Seattle Central Community College. My favorite essay to teach was the personal essay.
feather of a “maturing” bald eagle