My promise is to:
Hold you through the opening.
Show you what's possible.
Love you in the mess.
And remind you of how brilliant you are.
💗You Belong Here
10 Things to Know About Me...
1. I believe in miracles.
2. I don’t do one-size-fits-all.
A brilliant friend once said "what keeps me sober could get you drunk," meaning only you know what'll work best for you. I love a good framework with plenty of room to make it personal (hello, The AMBIKA Method®), but I shy away from cookie-cutter formulas.
3. I prioritize pleasure.
“If it's not fun, don't do it. If you must do it, make it fun!” I approve of all emotions. This isn't about bypassing anything. It's about deciding what kind of player I want to be inside the game. And not getting victimized by life.
4. Glasses are my signature accessory.
Even though I've left academia, the nerdy professor look follows me. I can't see shit without my glasses, so I figured I might as well get creative with them.
5. I live with an invisible illness.
Technically more than one. I don't like to get bogged down in the details. While I don’t let my diagnoses define me, there's no doubt they've shaped who I am and how I show up in the world.
6. I embrace contradiction.
I get a kick out of pairing things that might not appear to go together. Like I once went from an all-day retreat straight to a NYC dance club and had to leave my meditation cushion with coat check.
7. I've learned to love my curves.
Circles. Spirals. Waves. Healing is inherently non-linear. It took a while, but I've come to appreciate the ups and downs and twists and turns that are unavoidable on the path of transformation.
8. I don't believe practice makes perfect.
I trust that on some cosmic level we’re already perfect. But our humans needs to have a practice. Sadana is a cornerstone for me. I live my life on the "mat." I don’t know where I’d be without my rituals, retreats, and sometimes-wacky routines. But here's the deal: I don't do any of it "perfectly" or in order to become "perfect." The work is messy as hell, and I don't trust anyone who acts like it isn't.
9. “Love is the message."
This is my go-to mantra. It’s also the name of one of my favorite songs. My body is my direct line to god/universal intelligence/spirit/the mystery. Or what I call “love” for short. I tend to think that’s what this whole trip is all about. And when I forget, I pray with my feet and the dance reminds me that Love saves the day.
10. I’ve studied, (and lived with), some of the world’s most renowned theorists, practitioners, and spiritual teachers.
And here’s the secret: I don’t know if they’ve got it all figured out, either. Like Ram Dass said, "we're all just walking each other home." I’ve come to believe that the greatest body of knowledge is the one you live in. The truth isn’t out there somewhere, but inside you.
An alchemist transforms things for the better.
YOU are the alchemist.
Commitment to Diversity
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"Jen's honestly been wonderful at helping me understand things that have always been confusing. In just a few sentences she's able to put all things into perspective."
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