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I was raised Roman Catholic and became Episcopalian at age 34. The stories of the mystics were a tremendous comfort, nurturing and normalizing my experiences as a highly sensitive empathic person.
Prayer and movement are fundamental to my spiritual, emotional, and physical well being. Beginning in high school and college, I studied hard-style martial arts, Tai Chi Chuan, and yoga, and became a Reiki Master Teacher when I was 21. The disciples, guiding texts, and cultures out of which these practices originated have all deeply influenced my work and world view. I have practiced and facilitated meditation, and find it to be a foundation to leading a balanced and manageable life. I practice using the Christian Centering Prayer, Vipassana, and metta (Loving-Kindness) meditation styles, and stream of consciousness journaling. Meditation increases self-awareness, which grows compassion and wisdom. Understanding ourselves in all moments, even the ones we would rather skip over, brings a richness and depth to our complex human incarnations.
Academic and Professional Qualifications:
I studied major world religions in Catholic High School and found myself particularly drawn to Buddhism. I graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies in 2002; added certification as a Professional Massage Therapist in 2005; and completed a Master of Divinity specializing in Chaplaincy Studies in 2019. For the last 18 years and counting, it has been an inexplicable honor to be present with my clients, patients, and loved ones for births, deaths, transformations, unimaginable suffering and loneliness, uncontainable joy, and everything in between.
In addition to bodywork and academics, I began clinical training as a healthcare chaplain in 2016 interning at a small community hospital in ICU, pediatrics, medical surgical units, a women’s health clinic in Indiana; and later in a hospice in New Jersey. My clinical training recently culminated in a year-long residency at a Level I Trauma Center from August 2020- September of 2021. I believe that there are as many ways to know God as there are people on the earth; and more accurately, moments in time. The year I spent in residency at a Level I Trauma Center I was assigned to the Medical/COVID ICU, the oncology department, and what ended up being the permanent COVID unit. What you see written in these entries before August of 2020 was life before working the front lines. What you see after, and from now on, will be stories and reflections from the front lines, and the harrowing but hopeful journey through trauma and back towards them.
Title and Intention:
The idea of Perennial Wisdom has intrigued me since high school when my conscious journey to explore spirituality and health began. My favorite discussions of Perennial Wisdom can be found in the writings of Ken Wilber. Essentially it involves the concept of each of the world’s religions and/or indigenous cultures holding pieces of a unifying Truth.
For years I wanted to write books, and share my observations and experiences, but experienced that anxiety a writer can have about the vulnerability of putting something out there that feels vital and fresh in our own worlds, but perhaps has already been said. The more I read, the more patterns and similarities I saw; as though there was somehow a finite amount of Truth in the world. One evening an epiphany hit me: just the way that a perennial flower blooms year after year from the same plant, each season that it blooms it is equally valuable and brings its own unique delight to all who encounter it. (See the picture of my irises!). Just so, writing about similar subjects and ideas when encountered in a particular time or circumstance, written in a singular style, still has tremendous value for those whom it is meant to touch. So wherever you find yourself as you engage pieces of my world, I hope what you find are connections to your own deepest Self.
Thank you for whatever moments we will share, and for having the courage to be present in these unprecedented times. May peace, love, laughter, joy, and abundance be with you always, even in places when they are only hopes or memories.
Love Gina 🙂