We invited Diana Zaheer to join us again to discuss steps we can take to have a more relaxed holiday season. We discussed 5 steps to help families get through this wonderful, yet often stressful time. The tips include: 1) have your kind of fun - 2) take a break - 3) if you hear your Critical Voice, you NEED you - 4) your reaction is your job - 5) practice an undivided heart. Diana goes in depth in these issues and more to help us have more connection and influence with the people we love the most.
Also listen to more of our discussions on Episode 146, Episode 156, and Episode 163
Recommended Resources: Zen teacher - Adyashanti
Check out Diana's new meditation YouTube channel!
"There's a way we can include our human experience and when we do that everybody benefits."
"All of those things anchor us, into the present moment, maybe I can feel my breath little bit, that brings a presence of mind, a presence spirit, a presence of heart, to our gathering. There is the witnessing presence, as a guidance, there is new ingredients, not just thinking, not just people talking at each other and not listening."
"All of these things can happen during holidays, we can get really overstretched during the holidays, we get really overwhelmed, we feel a lot of not knowing, sometimes we might feel afraid."
"If my critical voice is talking to me, that is telling me that I'm looking for loving and gentle attention with myself."
"A good enough holiday, not a perfect holiday because the material that holds this whole holiday season together is love."
Diana says, “As far back as I can recall -- I think I was four years old -- I saw energy. It didn't seem strange; in fact, it felt quite natural. Its visual presence provided comfort and companionship. It reminded me that I was not alone in my everyday conventional life but part of a greater reality that was beneficent, unbounded and true. I come from a family with generations of sensitive people. Two of my grandparents worked as healers.
After working as a journalist for many years, I began studying energy healing techniques and spiritual traditions from around the world. I wanted to help people understand energy and healing with the same precision and measurability of journalistic science. I have lived in the United States, Dubai, Nepal, Kazakhstan and India. I come from the birth place of Berkeley, California.
My formal healing studies began at the age of 23 when I joined the Diamond Heart Training of the Ridhwan School in Berkeley, California. I studied with that group for 15 years. To better understand the physiology and anatomy of the human body, I completed a California state approved massage therapy and healing arts certification from the Diamond Light School in Marin County, California. From Healing Touch International, an organization started by U.S. nurses to share techniques and understanding about energy work, I learned the importance of being able to clearly talk with clients about the energy field and the healing process. She has also lived overseas meet and learning from
practitioners of different spiritual and healing traditions.
“I am a veteran homeschooling mom. I didn't expect that would be our path, but both of my kids wanted to homeschool for most of their educational careers. We have two sons, Ali, 16, and Nuri, 10. Their wishes and choices fit naturally with my work and the way our family functions. My husband and I put family first and take pleasure in witnessing, attuning to and guiding the lives of our two boys. We have homeschooled all over the world -- on a mountaintop in Nepal, in a desert community in Dubai, in a primitive Kazakh town and in vibrant cities in India. Our homeschooling journey involves gifted learning and twice exceptional learning.”
Living overseas, I have had the privilege to meet and learn from practitioners of different spiritual and healing traditions. In Nepal, I began privately studying Tibetan medicine with gifted master teacher Dr. Namgyal Phunrab and have integrated its ancient philosophy and practices into my work. In Nepal and India, I have had the great fortune to spend time in many monasteries. In India, I have been truly blessed to attend workshops offered by His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and his root teacher His Eminence The 12th Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche and to meet with them personally. I have focused my studies during the past few years on teachings from the New Thought - Ancient Wisdom tradition, immersing myself in the works of Ernest Holmes, Joel Goldsmith and Michael Bernard Beckwith. I am truly grateful for my private work in this tradition with Ester Nicholson, author of Soul Recovery.
Many of my clients seek support from me as part of their inner journey to find depth and meaning in their lives. I also have specialized experience working with people who - are gifted and talented, have trauma in their personal history, experience high sensitivity to their environments, underachieve despite big natural capacities, feel alien in the conventional world.