The point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
– Rainer Maria Rilke –
As a chaplain, spiritual director and writer, my primary foundation is community building. It is my desire and joy to work for individuals, the community, and the land… making for a better future for generations to come. Spiritually, I am a mystic. I experience God in all things and all things in God. In all I do I seek to pursue more unity and more love in the world. Every thing belongs.
Nature is infused with Life. Life is what we have and it is what sustains us. It holds our beginnings and our endings. May each of us have the grace to pay attention and learn from our brothers and sisters, great and small.
We must always be in conversation. It is only in conversation that we are able to learn… together. Conversation and listening is what I do. If you need to be heard, if you need to grieve, if you want to do the work needed to grow and find a deeper sense of connection to Life and to yourself, I encourage you to contact me.
The state of things on the planet now is the legacy that you, your generation, and the generations before you is leaving for us and our children… Read more “What will your legacy be?”
What is that one last leaf there atop the highest branch of the frozen maple? Hanging on desperately for dear life after all her companions have long… Read more “The solo leaf in fall”
How is it that some cultures and religions have such a message of healing and inherent goodness while others have a message of destruction and separation? How… Read more “The Story we tell makes all the difference”
“Nathan is one of the most compassionate, present and hopeful people that I have ever known and I am truly grateful to have the honor to know him. In his work at Mandala Yoga, he brought innovative and relevant programming and workshops, which covered everything from conversations on creating community to spiritual integration. Nathan’s groups were well run, organized and always open to input from the participants. Nathan makes people feel comfortable and he makes it his highest priority to connect in meaningful ways with everyone in his community. In this way, Nathan is a true leader as he forges new ways of relating and being in community with each other. He truly believes in the innate goodness in everyone and seeks to bring that goodness out in all of his interactions. It is this relentless optimism and compassion based in true integrity and professional ethics that makes Nathan such a wonderful and unique being.
The sessions I have experienced with Nathan have been truly profound and have given me greater insight into both my behaviors and psyche. Nathan’s proficiency in unconditional positive regard is one of his greatest gifts as a counselor. He also has a sharp intellect, which does not allow the client to hide. Nathan is always looking for the truth behind the personal rhetoric and will go on a journey with his client to find a path that makes more sense, is more positive and productive and brings about more joy.
As a master’s student in counseling I look to Nathan as an example of what it is to be an effective counselor.”
“Nathan has been involved in our men’s work ministry for some years now, and because of his maturity and generosity, we even invited him to serve on the Council of Elders despite his young age. There I found him always to be calm, measured, fair, and with a mature spiritual eye. During all this time he stayed in there with a generous heart and intelligent mind, even while he was a new father and a young husband and trying to pay his bills besides. He has now formed and educated himself in spiritual leadership, and I have no doubt that he will do any chaplaincy or counseling work with real dedication and competence. You can surely trust him.”