Get to the Heart of the Matter: Coaching & Classes
By resting in the wise heart, we can be a lamp, a medicine, a liberating presence for all.
~ Jack Kornfield
Most parents I know spend way too much time worrying and not enough time enjoying the sweetness of parenting. Yes, we have snapshot moments to savor the mystery of watching young lives unfold, but underlying many of our parenting moments are fears about getting it right so that our children will turn out to be happy, healthy, kind, compassionate, well-adjusted adults.
My 84-year old dad regularly shares his amazement at turning out four healthy, happy, well-adjusted adult children despite the fact that back in his early parenting years there weren’t many resources for parents besides relatives and Dr. Spock. Today, from celebrities to politicians, everyone has something to say about how to get parenting right. So, how is a concerned parent expected to sort through the countless blogs, shelf upon shelf of parenting books, and all of the unsolicited advice from friends, relatives, and complete strangers to intuit what’s best for their family?
I believe, and research confirms, that becoming the best parent we can be really means becoming the happiest, most well-adjusted, person we can be. When we take the opportunity to grow ourselves up by making sense of our own past we can become the calm, loving, empathic adult our children need us to be. So much of what has happened to us gets carried into the present moment without us even being aware of why we are acting or reacting the way we are. Fortunately, what was done or not done to us does not have to drive our relationships. Once we become conscious of underlying habits and patterns that developed in response to our circumstances, we can repattern ourselves in more open, loving and positive directions.
In classes and private sessions, I offer research supported heart and brain-based strategies for creating happier, healthier and more resilient children, parents, partners and families. I assist you to unravel unconscious, outworn habits and beliefs to foster more positive, loving, and satisfying experiences and outcomes for yourself in all of your relationships.