Cynthia Garner Scrimshaw | Awakening to the Heart

Cynthia Garner Scrimshaw


About Me… 


Self as instrument of healing and importance of self-care has been at the core of my learning and teaching, and often times the most challenging. I am what is known as a “highly sensitive person” (HSP) — an individual who feels deeply and has an intuitive and empathic nature. Since young adulthood, I have investigated many pathways for understanding how to hold and embrace my sensitivity, as well as discovering my strengths, creativity and my voice. I now view this as what has led me to the diverse healing practices I have chosen to explore, and as a gift to share with others. 

My heart expands and fills with joy and love when experiencing sacred music and singing healing mantras. I am grateful for the expression of Bhakti Yoga and the devotional, prayerful practice of chanting through my  personal Sadhana, and sharing this practice with others in the offerings of Metta Practice and Community Kirtan.

Throughout my life journey, I have been a long time student, teacher and practitioner of healing traditions and the integration of mind/body/spirit. 
In 2015, I retired from my practice as a holistic mental health nurse practitioner and psychotherapist. After a time of reflection and introspection, my heart was calling me to continue with my life’s work, 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 Spiritual Practice 
has always been interconnected with my healing practices, and its foundation of loving kindness has been inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dali Lama, and enriched by many other spiritual teachers, philosophers and poets. More recently, Neem Karoli Baba has become my soul's guide for deepening my practice. The practice of Bhakti Yoga has become an integral aspect of my spiritual life.

My life’s work has enveloped a journey focused on serving others with compassion, encompassing the art and science of holistic nursing, conventional and complementary healing practices, and psychology.
I have had the privilege of being able to study and practice mindfulness and contemplative practices, compassion-focused therapies, bodywork and somatic therapies, mind/body integration, guided imagery, vibrational/energy healing, and nonviolent (compassionate) communication. 

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

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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