Many years ago, while lying in bed after my second back surgery in 9 months, I decided to “use my best china every day”. I was going to totally show up for my life.
Appreciating that life is tricky; I believe we have an opportunity to view everything that comes our way with curiosity grounded in kindness for self and others. My personal and professional journey continues to provide a multitude of opportunities to work on my favorite saying I heard from Reb Zalman “By making mistakes I enter the right path.” As a music therapist I became very curious about ‘sounding the inner landscape’. That desire to sound the depths of myself has been informed by many wild places and wise voices. Growing up I was fortunate to spend my summer months with horses, experiencing the great joy of freedom from family constraints while discovering internal and external resilience among the rhythms of the Uinta Mountains. Through many miles of moving on slickrock, my body developed a knowing for how each journey can be ‘in this moment and in this moment’.
The intrepid curiosity of Nancy Drew and the wisdom of Pema Chodron, Marion Woodman, Clarrisa Pinkola Estes, Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche, Lao Tzu, Emily Dickinson, Mary Oliver, and David Whyte have invited me to a more intentional way of living. Is it possible to look directly at what’s going on with a skillful combination of compassion and personal responsibility? How can you intertwine the desire for a meaningful and conscious life with the inevitability of mundane tasks? How do you dream deeply for soul while quieting the harsh internal critic? How is it possible to cultivate authentic intimacy with oneself and others?
What’s the pattern on your best china”?
Marianne Felt has a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University and is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She has been a Board Certified Music Therapist since 1976 and worked with a variety of populations. She has a certification in Gestalt Therapy and EMDR. Working under the umbrella of Transpersonal Psychology she honors all the aspects of the self – body, mind and spirit. Integrating aspects of mindfulness, compassion, Gestalt Therapy, depth psychology, and EMDR, she highly values the creative relationship that is created within the therapeutic experience and respects the knowledge and wisdom each person brings.