What does it really mean to be free?
Let me be clear: I’m not a coach. I’m not a therapist. And if you could see my desk with piles of book and papers cascading everywhere, you’d know I’m not very organized nor a minimalist.
Isn’t that refreshing?
What I am is a good friend. In fact, my dharma name (a name given to people who receive Buddhist vows) is Zenyu, which means just that, “good friend.”
I love to write and to support people in their own journeys toward liberation—that’s the genesis of this website. I’m in this project with you, and consider myself a work-in-progress, always aspiring toward freedom.
While Buddhism is the path that I’m dedicated to and you’ll find a dharma perspective informing my writing, the Liberated Life Project reaches out heartily in many directions. No matter who you are or what your spiritual orientation, I hope you’ll feel at home here.
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I love to interview people and then bring their stories out into the world. In fact that is probably one of my super-powers.
But occasionally I’m on the other side of the microphone. I’ve really enjoyed being interviewed by these folks:
- Shelly Immel of The Big Life Project did a fun video interview with me in April 2012, centered on the idea of “liberation-based livelihood.”
- Kaspa and Fiona of Writing Our Way Home interviewed me on the topic of creativity on their site in July 2011.
Other Places You Can Find My Writing
- Always Well Within: The Power of Living From Your Vows
- Elephant Journal: How to Be Bigger Than Your Suffering
- I contributed an essay to the ebook Love, Care, Donate in support of those affected by the tornadoes that hit Joplin, MO, in May 2011.
- I also contributed an essay to Pearls of Peace, an e-book compiled by Joy Holland to celebrate International Peace Day, September 2012.
And… a few other things you might enjoy knowing about me:
- I’ve been practicing Buddhism since 1993 and am an ordained Buddhist chaplain.
- I live in a magical casita in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- I paid off $32,000 of credit card debt—something I worked on for eight years. I called this my “debt liberation quest” and consider it one of my first successful liberation projects.
- In 2008, I started my own business — Five Directions Coaching and Consulting
- Among the things I’ve done for work: music therapist, mental health counselor, administrative assistant, bookseller, writer, editor, anthropologist, nonprofit executive director. I’ve distilled the lessons I learned during many years of searching for right livelihood into an online course that lots of folks have raved about: “Fall in Love With Your Work.”
- I love to travel—I’ve circumambulated Mt. Kailash, a sacred mountain in Tibet, traveled to India and Thailand, and spent five weeks in Bali (way, way before Eat, Pray, Love). And that’s just a little bit of my travel resume. I am a big believer in the transformative power of travel.
- And finally, I am deeply spiritual and eminently pragmatic. The Liberated Life Project reflects both those qualities.