After 30 years in health care, I have worked in areas such as Women's Health and Birthing, Intensive Care, Surgery, Home Care and 12 years of nursing education. I realize the one common thread throughout all of these areas of practice is, I LOVE PEOPLE. I have a genuine compassion for understanding their story, and I find a sense of purpose in creating connections for people to make the best health decisions they can. I received my teacher qualification in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at UC San Diego School of Medicine, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. I am a member of the Canadian and the American Holistic Nurses Association.
Moving into an Integrative health focus in my practice, I reflect on gaps I have experienced in caring for people in their health journey. As well, I like to biohack my own life to see what builds resilience in body, mind and spirit when facing life's adversities, and I am sure you would agree, adversities are a fact of life in this human experience.
I have witnessed first-hand how the body can heal when it is supported in the right environment, but it takes more than healthy nutrients and exercise. Tapping into your inner guidance, your life force, and living with gratitude, working on forgiveness and acceptance, is crucial to balancing your life.
In my own personal journey, faith and prayer create a solid foundation. Yoga and meditation have become regular practice for me, along with doing research on healthy nutrition, movement, and the power of mind. When you are mindful, life opens up in a different way, a richer way. We can learn to have compassion with ourselves, and others, and live in a greater depth of presence and awareness. MBSR is challenging work, taking us toward emotions and feelings that are deep within, and developing some space around them in the process of being in our body, then letting go.