If someone offered you a gift that could eliminate your suffering, would you accept it? If it took moments each day to afford yourself the joys and happiness that life can offer, would you spend that time on yourself? If each moment of your life could contain the possibility of more self-acceptance, more love and deeper fulfillment would you turn away from or ignore that possibility?
Some of us are brought to a place, through our suffering, where we seek to find remedy for often unfathomable losses. My guest today, from the tender age of 16, has known grief upon grief and loss upon loss. Her 44 year old father, a NASA Rocket Scientist, died in her arms from a sudden heart attack. She subsequently lost two brother both under the age of 40. These losses necessitated that she learn how to “be with” whatever comes in life, without having to deny, avoid, suppress or ignore the hard parts of living.
Her life and work has blossomed under her practice of mindfulness and of contemplative studies with world renowned teachers including Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron and Tara Brach.
Today she is a senior mindfulness teacher with Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, a senior fellow at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and a Professor of Mindfulness Leadership at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is a loving mother of her 13 year old daughter and the kind and wise spouse of her husband of 20 years.
She is making the world a less painful, more peaceful place each day, creating loving kindness and compassion through her teaching and her practice of mindfulness. I am deeply grateful to have her on the program today.