My name is Jennifer Wade and I am the Owner and Founder of Lifescape Visionary. I am proud to say that I am in the business of transformation! I work with clients from all over the world in person, over the phone, or online depending on what makes the best sense for each individual.
As an Identity Coach, I'm passionate about helping you connect to your unknown or forgotten sense of Identity. You are blissfully unlike anyone else and shouldn't be content to live a hand-me-down or one-size-fits-all life.
I believe passionately in the power of coaching and mindfulness meditation to help my clients discover a deep, loving sense of self. I began my own personal meditation practice almost twenty years ago and lean heavily on the influences of Tara Brach, MJ Abadie, Jonathan Foust, Jack Kornfield, and Tich Nhat Hanh in teaching meditation and mindfulness practices to my clients.
I am also an experienced crisis management and suicide prevention counselor, having counseled hundreds of individuals during my four years as a team member of CrisisLink hotline and textline support based in the Washington, DC area.
Hands down, the work I do with my clients through Lifescape Visionary has become the greatest source of joy and fulfillment in my life. I am privileged to take on the task of compassionately, but effectively, helping my clients uncover their unique personal Identity and building a life of meaning around that newfound sense of self.
If you're ready to dive deeply into self-discovery and start making hugely positive changes in your life, please visit my website to take the next step: www.lifescapevisionary.com
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The first step is making sure I understand any potential student's goals and the story or circumstances behind his or her desire for exploring meditation practices.
Our free half hour Discovery Call and an in depth "Getting to know you" questionnaire gives me that chance as well as giving you the opportunity to ask me your questions and get a sense of my style and personality. A good fit is crucial for a successful student/teacher relationship!
Next, we tailor a plan for reaching those goals based on individual time constraints, level of experience, and any other factors that came up in the Discovery Call.
Most typically, we meet privately once a week and I may also invite you to join a group if you are local and I have one currently in session. Like anything, regular practice is the key to progress. I often give simple assignments for the week which help to develop the regular habit of practice and explore some of the techniques we talked about in our weekly session more deeply.
Support and access to me between sessions is really important, especially in the early stages. From day one, we talk about what your support needs might be and build that into our plan. With private sessions, we always have the luxury of adapting our plan as your needs, skills, or goals change.
I have been working one-on-one with clients in one field or another for nearly 25 years. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that finding the right fit between student and teacher is crucial for a successful learning environment.
Too many times, I've taken on "refugee" clients who came from situations where the fit wasn't right. I hear stories about how they stuck with it because they thought something was wrong with them, they loved the convenience of the teacher's location or pricing but felt a deep personal disconnect, or they had no idea how to go about finding a different teacher.
My advice is always this: take your time! Talk to any friends who are currently taking lessons, talk to multiple teachers, and trust your gut. If you know the fit is perfect right away, great! But it isn't uncommon to need to talk with multiple teachers before you make a choice. There really is a right combination of personality, cost, and location for every student out their and your happiness and results depend upon you not rushing that process!
With this in mind, I offer my Lifescape Visionary clients the option to end their contract with no penalty after one month of sessions together. Your success, no matter your teacher, really is my highest priority.
Here's a short list of questions that may be helpful when talking to potential teachers:
1) What kind of student do you work exceptionally well with?
2) When a student is stuck, how do you help them overcome the obstacle?
3) What are your particular strengths as a teacher and how would you like to be better?
4) What are your expectations of your students?
In my opinion, there is an important difference between what we want and how we want to feel.
So many times, we think we know what we want, only to discover that when we get it, it is a disappointment. The flip side of the coin is having no idea what we want, so we stab in the dark and hope we stumble upon the right answer.
So instead, ask yourself how you want to feel. Getting really clear on this will help both you and your teacher hone in on the lesson plan that works best for you. (And if you need help getting clear on how you feel, be honest with a potential teacher. The ensuing conversation could give you loads of insight about the teacher's skill level, experience, and personality!)