Austin Area Spiritual Directors Community
Kokan Cynthia Lovin
Spiritual Director, Mindfulness, Meditation
Spiritual direction is a gentle exploration of the sacred as it arises through all of life’s circumstances. My role in spiritual direction is that of a respectful listener, companion and facilitator in exploring life’s big questions. I will support you in activating the immense potential you hold for wholeness and creativity, encouraging your embrace of the “path with heart” that is most resonant for you.
My orientation is Rinzai Zen Buddhist. I took lay ordination vows with Boulder Morningstar Zen Center in 2015; my meditation and contemplative prayer practices began in 1988. My perspective is interspiritual – nourishing the roots of interior spiritual development common to most faith traditions – and I draw inspiration from poetic, earth-based, Buddhist and Christian mystical paths. I have particular experience companioning those in life transition; developing or renewing a sense of purpose; grieving a loss; navigating serious or terminal illness. I am skilled with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, gentle hatha yoga (RYT200, 2014) and other body-breath modalities.
Do you want to begin or deepen your contemplative practice? Are established habits ceasing to work for you? Is life bringing you to a place that’s new, unfamiliar, or difficult?
Shall we walk together for a while?