relishingbeing
66 Sebastopol, CA
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My self-summary
Each day I’m grateful for the gift of being alive. Life is so precious, so wondrous… and always unfolding with the mystery we're unable to predict. I’m not always as present for it as I’d like to be, although it's my life’s path to come into greater presence. There’s more room to appreciate my friends, the breath in each moment, the beauty around me, having enough to live well. I live alone in a lovely home with fruit trees and an organic garden that I plant and tend to, along with a nice view in a beautiful location in Northern California, 1 hour north of San Francisco. I am healthy, fit (yoga and the gym), 5’9”, sensual, and solvent. I have work I love as a therapist and writer. I’ve been enriched and blessed by traveling to many places: South America, Europe, China, Southeast Asia. I especially love Thailand.

I’d love to share life with a smart, tender, kind-hearted woman with emotional depth, spiritual values, and who realizes that joy and fulfillment comes from connecting deeply and intimately with life and with each other—and also from being of service to others in some meaningful way. A shared capacity to connect is a deep longing. I appreciate a quiet mind, open heart, and presence with each other. I like conversation, but can we attune to the deeper heartfelt connection as we speak and listen? When I look in your eyes, I want to feel you there. I’m looking for someone who exercises, perhaps likes dancing, and is at least somewhat fit.
What I’m doing with my life
I love my work in the mental health field. I am also a writer. Love gardening, yoga, gym, visiting friends and meeting new people. I've traveled overseas for fun and leading workshops. Trying to do my small part to make the world a better place is meaningful and engaging for me.
I’m really good at
I have good empathy and am good at communicating and connecting in a deep way. I listen well, speak gently and slow to be angry.
The first things people usually notice about me
Perhaps my warm smile and kind, engaging eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Like books on personal growth, psychology, and spirituality, as long as it is grounded. I like the writings of Pema Chodren, Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfied, Thich Nhat Hanh, Stephen Batchelor, Charles Whitfied, Charles Garfield, Dan Wile. Books: Undefended Love, Attached, Hold Me Tight, A General Theory of Love, Waking the Tiger, Unlearning Meditation.

Movies: Pleasantville, Braveheart, Departures, Cherry Blossoms, Swades, the Namesake, Food Inc., Dangerous Beauty, Gulliver's Travels, Gandhi, Ordinary People, Woody Allen movies.

Music: folk/rock, Celtic music, classical Indian music and chanting, flute music (so mesmerizing), Spanish guitar, Japanese flute music, Moody Blues, Leonard Cohen, Tom Rush, Simon & Garfunkel, The Cranberries, Gordon Lightfoot, Dire Straits, Everything But the Girl, Incredible String Band.
The six things I could never do without
Engaging smiles, irreverent humor, smoothies, making some contribution to our world, my gym, warm, lingering hugs.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I'm not fond of thinking too much, but I probably spend more time than necessary thinking about all the suffering in the world and how to respond to it. And I think about how to take care of my body, mind and soul. Lately, I've been thinking about cleaning out my garage and shedding some things.
On a typical Friday night I am
engaging with friends, eating out, chilling out, waiting for you.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I lived in New York in the 70's, I'd often pay the toll of the car behind me. 10 cents. Big spender!
You should message me if
If any of this speaks to you. You relish the deep connection that flows from inner stillness. You thrive on intimacy and communicating authentically, as well as simple, quiet time together.
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