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 personal and professional experience includes the study of mindfulness and contemplative practices, compassion-focused therapies, mind/body integration and nonviolent (compassionate) communication. 

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 explored 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 a gift to share with others.    

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 and 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, and the study and practice of Bhakti Yoga and Neelakantha Meditation has become an integral 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 a few years of reflection and introspection, I realized that 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.

I am now excited to continue to be in service to others facilitating Guided Meditation & 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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