Engaging with spiritual practice involves a transformation of our identity, from the limited ‘egoic’ perspective to one that is vast and varied.
Asking for help and guidance is a brave and humble act. I deeply respect and honor the opportunity I have to work with individuals to provide support and instruction.
Get ready to participate like no other relationship! Her directness and honesty asks you to let go of your passivity in every moment and really be present.
Who is Constance?
Constance is a spiritual facilitator and buddhist practitioner based in the Twin Cities, MN. She has held a meditation practice for over 35 years and has extensive background in 12-step recovery work and addiction counseling.
Work with Me
I offer a wide variety of services for individuals, groups, and families. I encourage you to contact me to set up a free 30 minute consultation if you are interested in participating with me in opening to your spiritual process. Learning and growing is not a one-way path, our consultation will be an opportunity to become acquainted with each other to determine the right fit for your participation, and/or answer any questions regarding working together.
I work with people at different levels of truth and insight. In this facilitative process, we honor the body’s wisdom for developing and growing in intuitive wisdom. This is deeply healing and transformative work. Having someone to sit with you while you do your own deep process work allows you to go deeper and to move through difficult states with more awareness and compassion.
Recovery & Grief Counseling
One hour sessions allow you to check-in about your practice, receive feedback and support. Sessions can occur in person in Minneapolis, over the phone, or via Skype.
Counseling for recovery from addictive processes. Grief and loss counseling after the loss of a loved one, divorce, separation or other challenging life trauma.
I provide a supportive presence and companionship for those who want someone to accompany them to a funeral. In addition, I have helped with memorial hosting and decisions. It can help to have someone who is sensitive for greeting people and making arrangements so that you can rest and take care of yourself.
This is helpful for those who may feel alone at a difficult time and need another supportive presence to facilitate and help with the variety of details. Some consider me a “Death Doula,” a helpful presence while they work through grief and loss around family and friends in a difficult time. If we have worked together, I can travel with you to attend an event.
Engaging with deep spiritual practice involves transformation of our identity from the limited egoic perspective to a much more varied and vast perspective. As we shift, we relax with feelings, learn new ways of being, and embrace a wider view of who we are. While I offer a unique and specialized service to those who work with me, I recognize the need for my clients to connect with what works for them in their practice, and then I encourage them to do it. I have worked with many teachers, retreat centers, and authors who have helped me in countless ways. Some of the resources that I found beneficial are offered below:
Being On Retreat
On retreat one can focus exclusively on being mindful of seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting and thinking. Thinking is considered one of the senses in Buddhist theology. Our senses are being engaged all of the time. How you engage with thinking is part of the work I will do with you. Eventually, it can be helpful to go on a retreat, or set up a home retreat to dedicate more time to spiritual practice. I can help you prepare for a retreat so that you can deepen in awareness with your experience.
A few retreat centers (not in any particular order) I have been to that are helpful:
The Body & Inquiry
In one's practice, sources of insight can come from the resources mentioned here. I regularly remind my clients that insight can also come from within through a practice of remembering one's own body through-out the day. This gentle inquiry can be a transformative process that brings you closer to knowing your True Self.
The touch of our senses and the way in which we think and inquire affect our mind-body training, or our prayer and meditation.
- What is aware right now?
- What is rest?
- What is love?
- Is there stillness in movement?
- What are you feeling right now?
- How do you nurture your body?
- How do you care for yourself in relationships today?
Asking these questions, or one that arises for you, in a quiet, gentle and inquisitive way on a regular basis will begin to provide insight into feeling more joyful and peaceful.
We only have so much time to read. Therefore, it is vitally important to find authors that clearly speak to us while we choose books to read.
Work with authors that resonate with you--that are truly waking you up. The authors that I list below have helped me at certain points, but you must work with what works for you now. Even if I have not read an author you are working with, I can relate to the way in which you are practicing due to the breadth of my experience.
Some authors (not in any order of importance) I found helpful: Adyashanti, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Ayya Khema, Father Thomas Keating, Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Byron Katie, Mahasi Sayadaw U Sobhana, Anne Wilson Schaef, Shunryu Suzuki, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Thich Nhat Hanh.
It is important to notice how any activity is impacting you. For some people, listening works well to remember your intention for practice. Audio files are useful aids at certain times.
It is important to hear the quality in the voice you are listening to and feel supported. There are many wonderful guided meditations and wisdom talks. Here are a few places that I found helpful:
In more advanced practice, illuminated aspects of being are seen within the inter-play between consciousness, feeling, form, volition and perception. Being aware with compassion and examining any felt tension or clinging to ideas brings opportunities for insight.
There are many adjustments to living with a more open mind as one's capacity for accepting the way things are starts to manifest in the body. Insights can be destabilizing for a period of time while adjusting to new insight opens up energetic centers in the body. Ongoing concentration practice with prayer and meditation are key for stabilization along with a variety of other activites. Divine guidance is a wonderful gift and allows you to become more authentically present in your life.
Allow me to support you in your process, contact me for a consultation.