I teach meditation and work with people to cultivate mindfulness in daily life. My approach is deeply informed by family and culture, human rights and social justice—and the good fortune of encountering Buddhist teachings 30 years ago.
I came to meditation when my decades-long career spent remedying human injustice revealed the root cause of conflict that I’d failed to tackle. I came to understand—and know personally—that the anger and fear within us engender harmful behavior. Thus I began the transformational practice and study of Buddhist insight meditation.
I started teaching meditation and mindfulness in 2000. I completed a four-year teacher-training program with Jack Kornfield and other senior teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California and the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. I also trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Somatic Experiencing, a mind-body approach to healing trauma.
As a teacher and social activist, I work to align the inner life with the outer—applying the wisdom and compassion of Buddhist teachings to the social, political, economic and environmental concerns of our time. Students think of me as a spiritual friend who helps them access their innate awareness and wisdom. A co-founder of the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship, I mentor a team that teaches mindfulness in D.C.-area correctional facilities, and I serve in the community of meditation teachers engaged in the movement for racial justice and equity.
My current focus brings mindfulness to daily habits, helping people shift away from autopilot toward behaviors that create greater health and happiness. Please check out my new book “The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All” published by New Harbinger.
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