Though it completely sounds cliché, my most basic
motivation each day stems from a deep desire to help
people. As I've found, it is the most satisfying thing to
do and there are plenty of opportunities.
Professionally, this is expressed is through my work as a
Psychotherapist, Meditation Instructor, Professor, and
helping businesses on occasion. Personally, I have many
activities that I love. Writing, cooking, photography,
website and graphic design, traveling, home
improvement, and fine dining are just some of them.
Regardless of what I'm doing, it's important to me to remain mindful of how my actions might be able to benefit others or reduce their impact on them. This is also why I'm very environmentally conscious and try to balance this with how I live and purchase things.
Regarding my professional work, I am constantly fascinating by how much I continue to learn and grow. While my expertise, knowledge and skills are very strong, they remain this way because I view myself as a perpetual student (cliché again!). And in my various roles, it's actually vital that I always function as both a teacher and student, otherwise my ability to help others will become increasingly limited. Embracing the phrase, "I don't know" and working to understand are both so important to me. Especially since change is the only constant and my goal is to move and flow with it as best as possible.
In all aspects of my work, I need to be constantly aware of what is not known. As I collaborate with my clients or students, it's imperative that I remain curious and open. Through this, I'm able to get to know them and sometimes, they're in the process of really getting to know themselves. As we both learn, we can then develop an accurate and effective plan that will best support the growth that they most desire. Humans are vastly complex, inside and out, and so it's vital that I focus upon understanding others and environmental factors. Each of us has a lifetime of experiences that influence us each moment of the day, so there's a lot to learn. And if I'm not focused upon learning about you, your values, your goals, your difficulties, and understanding what really drives you, how much help could I be?
As I get to know these many aspects of my clients and students, I'm able to help them realize that they have more strength and knowledge inside of them than they thought. By working together to face what's difficult and unfamiliar, we're able to figure out what changes need to take place so that life can be richer, more fulfilling and meaningful.
I grew up in a small family in the far Western Suburbs
of Chicago. My father's side of the
family was predominantly from the plain states
(Kansas and Nebraska), where they farmed and
worked for the railroad. My mother's family resided
in Tennessee and has some roots in the military.
Within my family, my father served as a police officer
or in a similar capacity for over three decades and my
mother focused mostly on raising my sister and I, but
also took part-time work during our formative years.
Like many other families, my parents divorced. After
which my sister and I remained closest to my father's
Some aspects of our family were very difficult and this resulted in me entering therapy at the age of ten. What surprised me about it was that I quickly fell in love with therapy. I was astounded by how much I learned about myself and others. It helped me become grounded, aware, and to have more empathy for others. I continued for roughly 9 years and even after I stopped, I was committed to improving and maintaining my mental and spiritual health.
Through the years, I spent time in Phoenix, Milwaukee and Chicago. While the weather can be amazing down south, Chicago's culture and its people have always felt like home. It's the energy, diversity and the neighborhoods that make it so amazing. No matter what the future brings for my fiancee and I, Rachel, the city is home.
Now, you may have wondered about my name.
Through my years of therapy, journaling, artwork and
other meditative activities, I found that my personal
psychology went through a great deal of
transformation. When I was in my mid-20's, I first
encountered Buddhism and found that it thoroughly
explained how I had developed and changed. I was
immediately hooked and in 2008, I took the Buddhist
Refuge Vow and received Tibetan name from a Senior
Buddhist Teacher. I decided to change it, legally, from
my original Scotch-Irish name to Tak-Seng Lodrö. In
Tibetan it means, "Tiger-Lion Wisdom." For me, it's a symbol and serves as a reminder to make myself better for the world and to realize that there's always wisdom in the moment, if I'm open to it.
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