“Give me everything mangled and bruised, and I will make a light of it to make you weep, and we will have rain, and we will begin again.”
– Deena Metzger
Having worked as an artist in London for over twenty years, it has also been (as a result of my own journey and experiences through addiction and recovery) my honour and privilege to practice as both a healer and therapeutic counsellor for the past thirteen years.
Blending Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, bringing mindful attention and loving awareness, and helping those dealing with all aspects of recovery in the aftermath of addiction and trauma.
“Because a human being is endowed with empathy, he violates the natural order if he does not reach out to those who need care. Responding to this empathy, one is in harmony with the order of things, with dharma; otherwise one is not.” – Dayananda Saraswati
Time spent studying The Dhammapada and concepts of Theravadan Buddhism and in Northern India practicing both yoga and meditation has guided me resolutely toward my current vocation, offering with the greatest joy, one to one counselling sessions, accessible Dharma workshops and guided meditation to students and retreatants at all levels of study and practice.
Embracing Bodhicitta as a concept within Buddhism that refers to the “enlightened mind,” a state of mind in which an individual desires – above all other things – to be empathetic toward all beings, as well as dedicated to helping others find enlightenment and freedom from suffering.
Within the practice of yoga, in which core beliefs center on harming no one and being gentle with oneself, bodhicitta is exercised when individuals dedicate themselves and their practice to others as well as overcome the ego, connecting with the true Self.
Of a recent workshop, one participant remarked, “Charlotte led me, a Dharma novice, with such gentle but radiant peace, that I was still feeling the calm echoes of our meditation weeks later.”
“May I be a guard for those who need protection, a guide for those on the path. A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood.
May I be a lamp in the darkness, a resting place for the weary, a healing medicine for all who are sick.
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles, and for the boundless multitudes of living beings, may I bring sustenance and awakening, enduring like the earth and sky, until all beings are freed from sorrow, and all are awakened.“
– Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity. Shantideva, Indian Buddhist sage 700 A.D. Prayer performed each morning by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.