My path to teaching started with personally seeking knowledge. I spent time exploring spirituality in depth. I attended a Catholic University, stayed on a Quaker Farm, stayed with a Buddhist monk, and lived in a yogic ashram. I wanted to know God, and I wanted to understand spirituality in depth. After over a decade of pursuing spiritual knowledge I realized that my personal focus had become narrowed to only consider spirituality. I took a step back and turned my focus to psychology. I felt it could help guide me in learning about how to have an intimate relationship.
I prayed and asked for a job in the field of psychology. Two months later I landed a job teaching marriage classes. I had never been married but rapidly excelled in my work and was promoted to be a head facilitator. I taught marriage classes to low income couples, 90% of them Latino, at a non-profit organization. Teaching the work of Drs. John and Julie Gottman gave me many insights into what made successful marriages. In two years I taught over 150 classes, led over 20 twelve week long courses in marriage success and coached over 200 couples.
As I learned and taught, I began to incorporate my own spiritual knowledge and experience into the lessons. I incorporated meditation, breathing techniques, art, nuero-linguistic programing, and hypnosis. Each method allowing my clients to facilitate their own rapid growth. My on-going experience allowed me to determine and craft the best response to a couple’s situation.
This work with couples facilitated a deep learning experience for me personally. Teaching allowed me to maintain a happy relationship with my girlfriend, and to co-parent an 8 year old boy with confidence. It also allowed me to understand that marriage and all relationships take an investment. I learned that love is really an action. I felt more capable of loving another because of my work. As problems arose, I knew they were normal. Knowing that every couple eventually comes across the same issues helped normalize issues. My work gave me lots of empathy towards my own relationship. It seems I’ve heard almost every problem in the book, and that helped me keep perspective.
Professionally speaking, my life has shown me that I have an exceptional ability to tune into others. I can understand people on a deep emotional level, and for some reason I am able to help others find more happiness. I am now on a journey of sharing what I’ve learned about health and happiness. I am expanding my reach to help all those who are looking to improve their lives. I am excited about writing here on what I learn and have learned, and to offer personal coaching to those who want to live a healthier, richer, more fulfilled existence.
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