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Waking Up To A New World

IMG_4215 As the new year begins to unfold, I am waking up to a brand new world. I am aware of a bigger love within me than I ever knew before. And I came to this awareness not through reading but by acting on my heart's desires. I returned last night from a week-long immersion in Asheville, North Carolina, where I was trained in a beautifully powerful suite of modalities based on reading the map of the eyes. I could tell you about the iris being a map of our thoughts, words, and feelings believed in our other-than-conscious world. I could describe the role of our words and language in creating states of consciousness. I could share that we have a sacred body language that speaks when our mind has not yet found the words. What I choose to share is my experience of receiving true love. In the presence of true love, I was able to touch and love and feel a place within me I had preferred to avoid. A place that was easier to relate to when it was "over there" happening to "those people", many miles or many generations away from my "here and now" reality. However, I know from my experience that trying live above our suppressed emotions, trying to get by with a comfortable material existence, at some point gets old. We grow out of the tiring routine. We know in our hearts something is calling for us to see, touch, feel, and love in a way we have never been able to before. With guidance and great love, we can touch what we feel, and love what we feel, and experience healing beyond the box of what seems possible, reasonable, or explainable. I know I was raised with an intensity and commitment of unrelenting love, which sometimes felt overwhelming. I now love my parents for their intensity and their commitment, and for never letting me off the hook, even when it was hard for them. I love what I feel when it is hard for me, and I love myself as I do it anyway. This unrelenting love is the depth of love our world is created from, moment by moment by moment. And this unrelenting love is the love that will heal our own hearts, moment by moment by moment. I am grateful to have the experience and the tools required to touch the experiences in all of us that we did not, in the past, understand how to love. With true love received specifically in the present moment, we begin a new trajectory in fulfillment of our greater mission in life. If you are ready to wake up to your new world, please get in touch with me for an exploration of how we can partner in your process. I also invite you to join me for a free teleclass on Tuesday, January 20th, entitled, "All About Imagination". Expand your current container and discover a new activation of your imagination from the realm of true potential. Details and registration are here.

Can you really take a day off?

There was a time when I believed - when I was totally convinced - that I could not take a day off. Maybe it was the example of my parents, whom I saw work tirelessly every single day, never letting go of the responsibilities of their jobs, and never taking a day off unless they were absolutely required to (and by that I mean, being so sick they had to be admitted to the hospital). Or maybe it was medical school, where I learned by working alongside residents and fellows who would regularly show up to work sick, because they "couldn't take a day off". On one rotation, I recall the vascular surgery fellow being so rundown from flu-like symptoms that he had to dash out of the operating room to throw up in the scrub sink during a procedure he was performing. I watched wide-eyed and took everything in, my mind drawing the conclusion that "people with important jobs can never take a day off". I became determined to find work that would enable me to take a day off, and still be considered important. The problem was, I really had no idea what was truly important to me. I had many concepts that had been implanted by messages from my family, from images in movies and advertisements, and from the culture in which I was living. "What's important" was a moving target, a reaction to whatever "everyone else" appeared to be doing. Meanwhile, in my heart I knew that I wanted to make a difference in this world, to care about something genuinely, and to share my story somehow in this life. But the only way I knew - based on what I had seen, learned, and been taught - was to put my head down and work. I worked hard at everything I did. I didn't take many days off. When I did, I remember feeling an odd combination of freedom and loss.
"Who am I without my email inbox full of requests and my voicemail full of messages?" "Who am I when I am not answering to anyone else?" "What would I choose to do if I had an entire day with no obligations, no one telling me where to be or what I had to do?"
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Essential Self Extravaganza

As 2010 came to a close, I realized that over the past year, I have had the opportunity to become part of three brand new communities (without even changing my physical address). As I embarked on life coach training, certification in music and sound healing, and improvisation as a violinist in the local “open mic” scene, I was welcomed into three totally new worlds for me. As I crisscrossed the Bay Area and the internet interacting with these distinct groups, it occurred to me that no single place brought together people with such wide-ranging interests. What fun it would be if someone could create a space and purpose for gathering that would allow the expression and sharing of all these creative souls! I realized that I could be that person! I was inspired to create the Essential Self Extravaganza. The name refers to a central concept of Martha Beck's life coaching approach, which guides us to find and follow the voice of our essential self, versus the social self we so readily construct as an identity to show the world and "fit in" with the rules of our families, religions, cultures, professional group, or demographic. I had had enough of the typical "holiday party", where the focus is on the display of our social selves. The typical conversations starting with the question, "So, what do you do?" or "Where are you from?" were familiar to me, yet no longer of interest. Instead of complaining or lamenting about these kinds of parties, I decided (in the empowerment I am growing into) to host my own gathering - the kind of party I would want to attend myself. Continue reading

Healing Sounds Workshop

Making sound with breath and voice is the ultimate union of mind, body, and spirit. In this 3-week series, we will discuss the use of sound in meditation, self-care, and creativity, and practice the healing sounds of the five warrior seed syllables from the Tibetan Bon tradition. I am excited to explore my deepening understanding of the power of sound healing with you. You will:
  • gain a basic understanding of the use of sound in meditation,
  • experience how making sound can clear and quiet the mind,
  • explore the application of healing sounds in creating balance and harmony in your daily life.
Upon completing the series, you will have the foundational tools to begin your own home practice using healing sounds.

Class format:

The first 30 minutes of each class will be spent discussing the seed syllable and the philosophy as described by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. We will then move into a 15-20 minute sounding practice, and conclude with a 15 minute guided reflection/journaling time where you can consider the application of this practice in your daily life. There will be emphasis on the practice of sound healing in removing blocks and barriers in the mind, deepening your access to the positive qualities already within you, and uncovering your innate creativity and wisdom.

Background:

This series is based on the teachings of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, author of "Tibetan Sound Healing" (available on Amazon, includes CD). It is highly recommended, but not required, that you read Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's book before and/or during this series. The workshop will be led by Dr. Lisa Chu. Read more about Dr. Lisa Chu here.

Details:

When: Tuesdays at 7:00pm -8:15pm November 2, 9, & 16, 2010 Where: The Cradle of Manifestation, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite 150, Mountain View, CA 94043 Fees: $75 for 3-class series, $30 for single class For more information: (650) 325-2194 or contact me by email Register for Healing Sounds: Study & Practice of Tibetan Sound Healing for Self-Care and Creativity in Mountain View, CA  on Eventbrite

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Join me for Tuesday Tea at Little House in Menlo Park!

Tomorrow afternoon I'll give a 1-hour talk and interactive music demonstration, entitled "Feel and Heal with Music", at Little House, multi-purpose senior center, in Menlo Park, CA. I'll share my personal story of transformation through music, and involve the audience in some music-making that will require no prior musical experience. Plus, a little surprise ending for all who attend! Hope you can make it. For more information, visit Little House's website, or call 650-326-2025.

Teaching

Current Offerings

Coastal Wildflower Day & Earth Day Festival - Saturday, April 16, 10am to 4pm, Half Moon Bay State Beach Audio Classes For Download Audio Class: Imagination ExpansionLearn why imagination is not just for artists, but is VITAL for your health, success, love, and joy. Learn what you can do to activate and expand your imagination. Explore what we THINK is imagination versus what true imagination is, and go through an exercise in which you create your thriving year, already fulfilled. Audio Class: Renegotiating Love - Learn about the silent agreements you have made about love, how these agreements actually create what you've been trying to avoid, and how to renegotiate these agreements into the love you have always desired. Includes 60-minute mp3 and 3-page pdf worksheet.

Past Offerings

Breema Bodywork & Art Retreat on the Coast - Saturday, March 12, 2016, a two-part retreat. You may choose either one or both parts of the retreat to participate in. New Year New Vision PLAYshop 2016 - Saturday, January 23, 2016, 1pm to 4pm, at New Leaf Community Classroom, Half Moon Bay. Renew and Reclaim Your Vision for 2016… Workshop presentation at Imagery International 7th Annual Conference: The Heart of Imagery - October 30-November 1, 2015, Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park, CA. Workshop title: "Imagining From Your Wild Heart". Fall class series at New Leaf Community Classroom Half Moon Bay:
  • Whole Body Listening - September 2015
  • Mental Hygiene - October 2015
  • Renegotiating Love - November 2015
  • Reclaim Your Heart's Highest Choice - December 2015
Free classes at New Leaf Community Classroom Half Moon Bay:
  • Unleash Your Purpose & Passion - May 2015
  • The Blank Page - June 2015
  • All About Imagination - July 2015
  • The How of Courage - August 2015
WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN ARTISTS & CREATORS: Creating From Presence - Explore Mind, Body, Feelings & Your Art-Making, Sunday, April 12, 2015, 1pm to 4:30pm, at The Breema Center. See photos of this event here. 17th Annual Integrative Medicine Network Annual Conference at UCSF  Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8am to 5:30pm -  "The Healing Power of Sound and Listening" workshops and participation in the Integrative Medicine in the Community panel.WORKSHOP: Listening & The Language of Love  Free Friday Talk: Receiving The Love That You Are - Friday, February 13, 2015, at Prajna Center for Yoga & Healing Arts, Belmont, CA New Year New Vision 2015: A Vision Board PLAYshop - Saturday, January 24, 2015, Half Moon Bay. Imagine and create your best 2015...NOW. Artist Open Studios, November 22-23, 2014, Colony of Coastside Artists, Half Moon Bay, CA Sixth Annual 50|50 Show at Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica, CA. I made 50 small artworks (6"x6") in 50 days, and they will be on display (and available for purchase) from August 22 through September 28. See details of the show here>> Creative Conversations 2014 - FREE monthly telegatherings to dialog about living creatively and awakening to your own creative potential...one moment at a time. See list of 2014 dates & register>> The Energy Gardeners' Club - Experiments to cultivate the seeds of magic in your life. Inspired by the success of the E-Squared Book Club, this series will continue the practice of energy experiments to cultivate the seeds of magic in your life, while connecting in nature, and creating a circle of support to empower your actions. Learn more & register>> Play The Wrong Note: Daring Adventures in Learning, Failure & Creativity - Presentation at Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning. Friday, September 19, 2014, at The HubSF. Learn more here>> Moments of Presence: A Traveler's Art - Slide presentation and art installation from 7 weeks in Thailand and Laos. Two showings: April 17 & April 20, 2pm to 4pm, Half Moon Bay. Planting Seeds In Your Energy Garden: A Vision Board & Creativity Workshop - Saturday, March 29, Prajna Center for Yoga & Healing Arts, Belmont, CA. New Year New Vision PLAYshop - Sunday, January 12, 2014, Half Moon Bay, CA (Coastside Photography) Monthly free Q&A calls in 2013 - Join me on the phone each month where I will answer YOUR questions! E-Squared Book Club: 9 Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments in 7 Weeks - Exploration of Pam Grout's New York Times bestseller. Bring your curiosity for how your thoughts can create your reality. Each week we conduct one of the energy experiments from Pam's book and share our results. Beyond Knowing: Many Paths to the Present Moment - November 1st to 3rd, 2013, Half Moon Bay, CA. Oceanside Retreat with Dr. Lisa Chu. Limited to 6 participants. Explore whole-being presence, engagement of the five senses, and practice embracing the beauty and terror of Not Knowing. Living Your Vision: A Workshop To Bring Your Deepest Visions To Life - Workshop teaching how to amplify the effects of a completed vision board and use energy to bring your deepest visions to life with ease. Inviting Joy, Cultivating Courage series - Practice everyday courage and invite joy into your life by entering the present moment. Each session will explore a gateway to the present moment and give opportunities to practice everyday courage, through experiential exercises.Bamboo body+soul, 799 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. Generosity-based offering. Experience Breema - The Art of Being Present. Free experiential open house presented by Certified Instructors from The Breema Center. Bamboo Body+Soul, 799 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Download the flyer here>> Speaking Engagement for The Awareness Network, at Community of Infinite Spirit 1540 Hicks Ave., San Jose, CA. Talk entitled: "Learning To Play The Wrong Note: Discovering the Power of Sound for Healing and Liberation". SoulBodyMind Salon series - Discover practical ways to connect with your body’s wisdom, cultivate mental clarity, and take actions toward your soul’s true desires. Each evening will focus on a different theme: Your Body's Truth, Cultivating the Garden In Your Mind, The Art of Soul-Care, Listening With Your Whole SoulBodyMind. VISION BOARD WORKSHOP: Envision Your Authentic Self, Create Your Authentic Life at Prajna Center for Yoga & Healing Arts, Belmont, CA, Download the flyer here>> New Year's Day "Living Life True" at Prajna Center in Belmont, CA - meditation, gentle yoga, storytelling about living an authentic life, and creation of New Year intentions/offerings. With Yiwen Chang, Priya & Francisca Friday-Pabros, and Jovani. Yoga and Healing Sound class with Yiwen Chang at Prajna Center in Belmont, CA - a gentle flow yoga class, taught by Yiwen Chang, accompanied by live improvised music and healing sounds that I provide. The Whole Person Retreat All-day retreat for women, co-led by Johanna Beyer and Eliska Meyers, at Stillheart Institute, Woodside, CA. Photos from 2012 here>> "A Place To Play" - Community circle of creative expression and collaboration, using sound, voice, and music improvisation. Healing Sounds: Study & Practice of Tibetan Sound Healing for Self-Care and Creativity - Sound-based meditation class Physician Burnout: Get the 411 Before It's a 911 - FREE coaching calls for medical students, residents, fellows

Resources for Physician Burnout and Wellness>> - free downloadable recordings and links to helpful articles

Music Improvisation for Everyone - public 3-hour workshop Elements of Music Improvisation: Class Series - 6-class weekly series on elements and practice of music improvisation IMPROVisE Your Life with Music Improvisation - 5-class weekly series on applying the principles of improvisation to improve your daily life Sounding for Self-Care Circles - community building through healing sound, voice, and music practices