Cynthia Garner Scrimshaw | Awakening to the Heart

Cynthia Garner Scrimshaw


Throughout my life journey, I have been a long time student, teacher and practitioner of healing traditions and integration of mind/body/spirit, encompassing the art and science of holistic nursing, conventional medicine, psychology, complementary modalities and ancient healing practices. The growing research that bridges Eastern and Western medicine and focuses on the interconnectedness of mind/body/spirit, especially compassion neuroscience, has been an ongoing interest. It has validated what I have always known in my heart.

 My spiritual practice has always been interconnected with my healing practices, and its foundation of loving kindness has been inspired by the teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dali Lama, and enriched by many other spiritual teachers, philosophers and poets. More recently, the practice of Bhakti yoga and chanting mantras has become an important aspect of my spiritual life.

In 2015, I retired from my practice as a holistic psychiatric nurse practitioner/psychotherapist and over four decades of service in traditional, holistic and complementary healthcare. After time for reflection and introspection, I realized that my heart was calling me to connect more deeply with kindred spirits, and to support, teach and do what I can to assist others on their life journey and search for bringing more compassion into their lives. My personal and professional experience includes the study of mindfulness and contemplative practices, compassion-focused therapies, mind/body integration and nonviolent (compassionate) communication.

I am now excited to continue to be in service to others facilitating Metta Practicehosting Sandwich Mountain Community Kirtan and co-hosting other events through Awakening to the Heart.

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The creation and building of Metta Labyrinth was a labor of love for me and manifested after many years of envisioning it. I am so happy to be able to share it with others here at Sandwich Mountain Sanctuary.

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