Orientation

The heart of a human being

is no different than the

soul of heaven and earth.

Your heart is full of fertile seeds

waiting to sprout.

Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969),

Founder of Aikido

What is Contemplative Soulwork?

Contemplative soulwork is a form of spiritual companioning, sacred dialogue, life-path exploration, and creative support shaped by the wisdom of Nature, guided by elements of Jungian psychology, and informed by insights from the rich human heritage of contemplative spirituality.

Taking its name from my first book of poetry, the School of Soft-Attention is a way of collaborative inner work. It is not a school with a physical building and it offers no degrees. It is also not psychotherapy or mental health counseling but rather a process of inquiry and spiritual exploration of one's life path and the life of the soul.

Each person is communicated with as a fellow traveler on a journey, not as a "student" or "patient." There are no doctors or gurus here. Your own soul is the path and my role is to walk with you along the way. Through this work, a learning process is activated and unfurls toward greater awareness, alignment, integration, and life congruence.

The journey flows at a natural pace, honoring the themes that arise which may apply as much to matters of creativity, lifestyle, and present-day life choices as it does to spirituality, the impact of these times of change, or past experiences of heart-mind.

The view here is that the soul has an ancient, autonomous intelligence whose unfolding wisdom is revealed in gradual ways, but whose fullness, energy, momentum, and directives are concealed in the subterranean depths of who we are.

Accessing the wisdom of the soul requires an ongoing practice of slowing down and paying attention. I call this practice contemplative soulwork.

person sitting on floor facing at trees during daytime
person sitting on floor facing at trees during daytime
Individuals Who Benefit Most
From Contemplative Soulwork
  • People traveling through the sometimes confusing terrain of midlife (and other life transitions)

  • Individuals exploring themes of spiritual formation, spiritual direction, and spiritual discernment

  • People undergoing the challenging, sometimes destabilizing states of the creative ~ initiatory process

  • People seeking to develop a deeper relationship with their inner world and dreams

  • HSPs (highly-sensitive persons) just beginning to learn about their traits (Are you an HSP?)

  • Artists, writers, and poets (and would-be creatives) working through creative blocks or seeking to establish an art practice

  • Leaders and managers in organizations navigating inner and outer change

  • Those fellow travelers interested in cultivating a meditation practice and contemplative life

  • People who have actively chosen to follow a solitary ("hermit") path of spirituality (but who still need support on their way)

  • Individuals deprogramming from religious abuse, cultural/religious fundamentalism, or other forms of energetic confusion related to human dynamics

In my work with people, first and foremost, I come from an inclusive, welcoming, path-affirming, interfaith approach. My university studies in comparative religions, my own personal experiences with various spiritual paths over the years, and post-graduate studies in a year-long ACPE-approved course in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy have tempered within me a cross-cultural sensitivity and a deep and abiding appreciation for all of the world's wisdom traditions.

Additionally, the School of Soft-Attention is a safe zone. I have worked with people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals-in-process around gender identity. Whatever your spiritual tradition, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, or gender identification, my space-holding ethic is to support you in your authentic unfoldment.

Statement of Inclusivity

What Some Fellow Travelers Have Said

Learn More About the Process

of Contemplative Soulwork

DISCLAIMER

The School of Soft-Attention is a form of contemplative soulwork, spiritual companioning, creative inquiry, and life path exploration. Our work together is held in strict confidentiality. Though I have a graduate degree in counseling psychology and advanced training in psychotherapy, this work is not intended to serve as a substitute for mental health counseling, psychiatric treatment, addiction recovery, or other medical care. If in the process of working together content should arise that needs the support of psychotherapy, recovery work, or psychiatric services, every effort will be made to connect you with those resources.

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