My life has been centered on personal and spiritual growth. As a teenager, I was faced by existential questions such as "what is my life about?" and "what does it matter what I do in life if death is at the end?"
In order to deal with those questions, I became a Buddhist monk and spent eight years at a Zen center. While I did find answers, I also found that I needed to expand my life beyond the confines of a training center, and even beyond the confines of Buddhism. This led to an exploration of many different spiritual paths (Hindu Advaita, Jewish Renewal, Sufi groups, incarnational spirituality, etc.), as well as psycho-therapeutic and personal development work. I have also studied the Enneagram extensively.
After I left the Zen center, I worked briefly as a corporate accountant. I then obtained an MBA from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford, leading to a career as a business school professor. I left that career after a decade, and since then I have been a clinical hypnotherapist, a life coach, and the Executive Director of a nonprofit. I have also served on the Boards of several spiritually-oriented nonprofits.
These many and varied experiences, both personal and professional, have helped me to embrace my wholeness. I also believe that these life experiences allow me to support people coming from a wide variety of situations and perspectives precisely because of my experiences in both the "spiritual" and "secular" worlds.
I am also a teacher of Trillium Awakening, a path of embodied spirituality (trilliumawakening.org).