” I UZIT to learn more about myself and what I need. I UZIT when anyone in my family is sick or not feeling well or not sleeping. I UZIT as a means of listening to myself or others.”

 

Q:  How do you find balance in your daily life?

A:   I work towards balance in my life through my mindfulness practice.  I don’t believe in a “one size fits all” self-care practice, as my self-care needs change daily.  One day, I need a nap, another I need an intense yoga class for release and a better sense of my body.  Some days I need dinner out with friends, and others I need my favorite blanket on the couch. I check in with myself to see what I need on any given day.

 

Q:  What motivates you? Your mission?

A:   I live by the mantra “lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu” – may all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life somehow contribute to that happiness and freedom for all.  Like most, I dislike physical or emotional discomfort in my body, so I use contemplation, meditation, study, bodywork and self-reflection to address whatever presents in my body. If I can be more at peace and ease in my body, then I find myself better able to be present and in touch with love in my interactions with others.

 

Q:  Which modality are you more drawn to in the UZIT model?

A:  It really depends on the day and who I am UZIT’ing with!  I think you can never go wrong with bearing witness and a side of reiki, but I’m also loving feeling my body in body awareness meditations lately.

 

Q:  In what population are you currently using your UZIT skills?

A:  I work at two of the CareRite nursing and rehabilitations centers.  I work with the staff, administration, long-term residents, short-term rehab patients, and those nearing the end of their lives.  I find myself really drawn to people who have difficulty communicating, as I find they are teaching me new ways of listening. In my personal business, Healing Guidance, I work with caregivers, often those with young families, to offer self-care through the modalities.  And recently, I have been working events at the Urban Zen marketplace, which has been really fun!

 

Q:  What is your meditation practice?

A:  My meditation is pretty dynamic.  I haven’t felt called to a formal sitting practice for the past few months, so I have been tapping into a meditative state in other ways.  I find a calmness in my mind through repetitive motion like cleaning, walking, and cross stitching. Through the transition of starting to work more, I’ve found I really enjoy the restorative positions as part of my meditation practice.  And every time I lead a body awareness meditation, I’m following along in my own body.

 

Q:  How has your UZIT training changed your life?

A:  How hasn’t it might be the better question!  UZIT was a uniting force in my life. I had previously worked in clinical research before deciding to stay at home with my son.  Before my daughter was born, I went through chakra yoga teacher training and then Reiki I and II. When I learned about the UZIT program and how it was being used in clinical settings, I couldn’t wait to do the training.  The program helped me find my way back into the workforce in a way that felt impactful, beneficial to others, and also right for our family. The training has also given me so many tools to face difficult situations and interactions in my life; learning (and continuing to learn!) how to bear witness has changed how I show up in the world.

 

Q:  How do you UZIT?

A:  I UZIT every time my kids get a boo boo!  I UZIT when I have a headache or when I’m feeling out of sorts in my body.  I UZIT with clients who have a hard time letting themselves rest. I UZIT at the bedside when I feel uncertain about how to be of service to someone.  I UZIT to learn more about myself and what I need. I UZIT when anyone in my family is sick or not feeling well or not sleeping. I UZIT as a means of listening to myself or others.

 

Q:  How do you live the UZIT modalities in your day- to day life?

A:  I pretty much exude reiki at this point!  As I work more as a UZIT, I have realized that I am having difficulty bearing witness in personal conversations.  I’ve been creating space for self-care and contemplations but also allotting time to express my voice. I use the restorative poses after my kids are in bed to center and ground myself.  I have been exploring the oils in a deeper sense for the past month or two, especially for headaches, changing the energy in our house, and winter sicknesses. And mindful movements have completely infiltrated my yoga teaching; everyone can stand to do a little less in their practice!

 

Q: Anything else you’d care to share?

A:  I recently completed Reiki Master Training with Marcia Miller at Urban Zen.  I had thought being a Reiki Master would not be part of my path, but the decision very obviously presented as my next step.  I am so grateful that I had the opportunity for learning and sharing with other UZITs and to learn from Marcia. It was certainly an experience I won’t soon forget in an amazing space and in great company.  It wouldn’t have happened for me without our UZIT community.