I know about surviving life’s traumas, I know about living through grief. I know what it takes to restart and rebuild. I have taken many deep dives into my ethos and learned to come out on top .

It took me ten brain surgeries that removed more than twenty-five brain tumors that left me at various times unable to stand, walk, see or speak. Each time I restarted my life and began the slow march forward.

My lessons are the lessons I bring to you.

10 brain surgeries,
6 weeks of radiation,
25 brain tumors removed in as many years

Countless months of rehabilitation.

After some surgeries I could not see, speak or stand. I used an old practice of meditation to help me get rid of the self-doubt and thoughts of self-doubt or failure to persevere.

On my first surgery the doctor used a hand-drill to get through my skull. As the surgeries progressed, so too did the doctor’s understanding of the brain’s neuro-plasticity. I watched the understanding of neuroscience progress from the surgical bed itself.

I combined the concepts behind brain science and neuro-plasticity with those of mindfulness and meditation to get myself back in the game. Every time the doctors and physical therapists told me I couldn’t, I told them I would and I did.

This is what I bring to you so that you don’t have to endure what I did to learn the life lessons that I did.

Today I am a Life coach certified by two distinct schools, a published author, and the founding teacher of the Simple Truth Project.  I work with people just like you to help you to do more than just come through whatever transition you are going through, but to live your life with the calm focus that comes from living a purpose-driven life.

I have worked with researchers, neuroscientists, and evolutionary biologists, I have studied with Buddhist monks and pursued a Chaplaincy, serving those in hospices and hospitals, about how to live fully even in the face of death.

This is my life’s work – to teach you to make the most of every moment so that you can live fully, richly, deeply in a way that is true to your authentic self.

I know that you are in transition. We all are. Some are larger than others, but the key to coming out on the other side is to find comfort in your discomfort so that you can plan for you life afterwards.

Walk with me and I can help you pass through without fear or stress or anxiety, all while staying true to your authentic self.  Along the way you may even find you’ve learned how to live your life, in your way, and on your terms.

Let me help you along your journey as a partner and friend. Together we can step over whatever road blocks are in your way without squandering a moment of your life.

A free spirit in a corporate world

Today I am an author, a speaker, a life coach and a meditation teacher. I started the Simple Truth Project in New York City, and you know what they say, if you can meditate here, you can meditate anywhere. I reach students and clients around the world to discover and lead the life they want to live on their terms.

For the almost thirty years I have seen the development of Neuroscience from a patient’s perspective and witnessed the creation of the modern meditation movement by being a part of it. I have experienced the changes in science and spirituality first hand. During my first surgery the doctors used a hand drill to get into my skull. My longest surgery lasted 14 hours, after which I could not speak, see or stand. I relearned how to do each by will-power and repetition – to the amazement of everyone.

Each surgery provided me a rare opportunity to learn how the brain works and how science has evolved. I experienced seizures and awakenings, moments of depression and enlightenment. I reached out to doctors and scientists, researchers and Buddhist monks for answers. I wrote a book of what I learned and returned to a meditation practice I set aside long ago. That book, The Simple Truth: Meditation for the Modern World. drove people of all backgrounds to reach out to me.

In response I created The Simple Truth Project. I also coined the phrase Modern Meditation to reflect the way traditional meditation was changing to meet the realities of the 21st Century we all live in.

My goal in all of this has been to help guide the world to be a more Mindful Place. Not just through the wonders found in the 2,500 year old practice called meditation, but to deliver that practice in a more accessible way to more people by teaching everyone how to find the happiness and the success they deserve.

life before the simple truth

Before I started The Simple Truth Project, I spent much of my life chasing the dreams so many of us follow. I tried the corporate world, I designed and built furniture, I ran a small catering company, I produced films, I helped to launch the Los Angeles Times online, before I ran top advertising agencies and even started my own digital firm. I pursued the entrepreneurial dream and worked 24/7 to grow my agency it into a seven-figure business; all while losing myself in the process. I helped dozens of companies grow their own dreams, all while ignoring my own calling; again and again thinking the course society had shown me was the way to happiness through success.

It was not until the end of 2009 when I was told that I had seven brain tumors that I realized life and the Universe had caught up with me. In less than a month I was forced to let it all go; my clients, my agency, my world. It wasn’t the first brain surgery I had had. It was actually the seventh over a span of twenty years. But it was the largest. In the past I simply took a few months off after the doctors stitched me up, and jumped back into the world of profits and keeping up with the Joneses. I never made the connection that it was my drive was literally killing me.

This time it was different though. After an 11 hour operation, I woke to a new life. I had no company to return to. I had no office door to unlock. So I watched as my brain rebooted itself. I witnessed my taste, my sense of smell, and my thought process slowly come back on line. I also asked a lot of questions. I spent the next year learning as much as I could about the science of Neuroplasticity. I spoke with doctors and scientists, researchers and monks. I revived a meditation practice I had long ago given up. I changed my diet, my lifestyle and my life. Most important I started a dialogue that brought to life what I now call Modern Meditation; a way to bring the 2,500 year old practice of meditation into the modern world in a way that honors the Simple Truth behind the original teachings, but refined for the world of today.

don’t change the way you think,
change the way you live

Since setting foot on my path I have worked with hundreds of people to teach them what I learned – that you can have the happiness and the life you deserve and that you can change how you relate with the world around you, but most important that you can live your life your way, based on your own Simple Truth.

With more than twenty years practicing meditation and a strong lineage of Masters who have guided me, I bring more than a certificate to you, I bring my experiences and my ability to connect. I did not hide in a monastery to read ancient texts or sutras, I know what the pressures of the world are like. I understand how work, family, fear and regret created the person you have become, but not the person you were meant to be. Let me help you discover your own Simple Truth and learn how to create the life you were meant to live.

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