“The present moment excites and motivates me. Teaching people to connect with that moment is a huge part of my mission.”
Q: How do you find balance in your daily life?
A: I’ve had a daily yoga practice since 2011–I’m committed to practicing for 20 minutes a day. It’s not a lot, but knowing that I consistently get at least that much time with myself really meets my need to center and regroup. I also love to spend time in nature. I live walking distance to the beach and go as often as I can. Sometimes I’ll meet a friend to meditate at sunrise or just take some time to get my bare feet into the sand and surf. Sometimes I’ll go over after a long day and just enjoy the beautiful colors and shapes of the sunset. The weakest link in my self-care is definitely sleep, but I’ve been consciously working to get more and better sleep so I can feel even greater balance in my life.
Q: What motivates you? Your mission?
A: The present moment excites and motivates me. Teaching people to connect with that moment is a huge part of my mission.
Q: Which modality are you more drawn to in the UZIT model?
A: Honestly, it’s Bearing Witness. That sounds funny at first, because it doesn’t SEEM to be an active modality. Truthfully, though, it is amazing and dynamic. I learn so much about the human in front of me and they (perhaps for the only moment in their day) get to be seen and heard. I am honored to be of service in this way. I’m also learning a lot about myself as I grow into the practice of “strong back, soft front.”
Q: In what population are you currently using your UZIT skills?
A: I am working with staff and patients (and their families and caregivers) at two of the Carerite skilled nursing communities in Jupiter and Boca Raton, FL.
Q: What is your meditation practice?
A: I love to meditate and if I had unlimited time, I would meditate for an hour or more a day, ideally on the beach! Sometimes that’s just not real, though, so I am constantly on the lookout for 30 second to 30 minute chunks of time throughout my day where I can cultivate moments of presence and make my whole life more of a moving meditation. It might look like observing my breath for 3 or 4 cycles while sitting at a stop light; Lying in Legs Up the Wall pose for 15-20 minutes as I do a body scan or listen to a guided meditation; Or taking even 30 seconds to honor a transition like going from driving to whatever the activity is that I’m driving to.
Q: How has your UZIT training changed your life?
A: One of the nurses at the facility where I worked was watching as I worked with a resident who was having a really rough episode. When our session was all done, she said to me “you have my dream job.” Without even thinking, I smiled, nodded and said “I” have my dream job! Doing this work is incredibly fulfilling. I feel truly blessed to be making a difference in the world and making a good living doing it 🙂
Q: How do you UZIT?
A: Within the context of the nursing home, I work on-on-one with short-term patients, long term residents, staff members and community members. I also lead 20 minute Urban Zen Group Chair classes for patients and residents as well as longer mat classes for staff and community.
Q: How do you live the UZIT modalities in your day- to day life?
A: I use the oils therapeutically pretty much every day and have a pretty conscious relationship with my breath and body. I am grateful that I get to do this work 5 days a week because it reminds me to keep the UZIT modalities a mindful, intentional and regular part of my life.