I live in Minnesota, happily, and we received about six inches of fresh snow yesterday. Yes, snow brings certain hassles but it also settles in like a comforting blanket of
I am often asked, “How did you get here?” to which I reply, “via a long and winding road.” It has taken me some time to travel this path. I was a frightened and compliant child overwhelmed by the rigid rules of a strict religion and determined to do everything “right” so as not to be excommunicated from church or family. I applied these same principles to school and later work to earn good grades, promotions and raises.
Attuning to these outside measures of success propelled me to a great degree of “success” in life, until it didn’t. In 1998, I was rising rapidly through the ranks of a Fortune 100 business and had all the things I was told to get: house in a trendy neighborhood, fancy imported car, a live-in partner and his two children, and lots of travel for work and play. I thought I loved it, until that fated day in April, when I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize the woman looking back. I was 34.
I began unwinding the life I had as I searched for something with greater meaning. I could not see then what I can clearly see now— that I sought refuge and relief from the dissonance I was feeling in a number of ways – healthy and unhealthy. I was happy to move my body on bike rides, lake walks, and aerobic classes. I sought support in massage therapy, psychics, retreats, acupuncturists, herbalists, and other guides. And I drank….a lot. When the incongruence of my life caught up to me, I had few skills to look within. I was so skilled in seeking answers outside myself which impeded me living a life that felt deeply good and true for me. I read a lot of great books (see Resources) and met many wonderful healing and wellness practitioners as I sought more balance.
The real bold moves came after I quit drinking in 2008. No longer squelched by alcohol, my inner wisdom gained a stronger foothold and louder voice within. My life and relationships deepened and I was feeling more congruence in my life. This awakening led me to Costa Rica to study massage and to an immersion in the myofascial release work of John Barnes. This gentle yet powerful therapy transforms bodies and beings.
I also trained in Healing Touch and other energy healing and created a rich practice combining spiritual direction and bodywork. When the pandemic hit in 2020, all massage practices were shuttered in Minnesota. Clients asked for Zoom sessions to connect and be held energetically and listened to…and Wisdom Listening was born.
Wisdom Sister Studio nurtures connection to the wisdom within for all. “Mirror” moments like mine, big and small, help to wake us up. You’ll find resources for your journey here. I hope you enjoy what is offered here. Your suggestions are welcome, too.