Kathy Cherry’s teaching style emphasizes embodiment, compassion and practical wisdom both on and off the cushion. Most of us live from the shoulders up. We prefer to live in the “figuring out mind” because it gives us the illusion of having control. As a result we tend miss out on the multitude of messages that the body sends us. Emotional turmoil goes unwitnessed, stress accumulates, we go along with far too many of the “shoulds” that society hands down and let fear direct our choices. The body doesn’t lie to us- when we learn to tune into the messages we’re getting we get a clearer, more authentic picture of what we actually want or how we actually feel about what is being presented to us. Being mindful in this way we can catch ourselves as we start to veer off track into conditioned responses. Our shoulders creep up, there’s a anxious fluttering in our chest, a tight burning in our throat- this is our body’s way of signaling us that something is up and we need to pay attention from a place of compassion for ourselves and others.
I have been exploring different forms of meditative practices for over 20 years. In 2001, my ongoing quest for something that really resonated with me ended. I became a founding member of New York DharmaPunx, a Buddhist community led at the time by Noah Levine, an Vipassana meditation teacher transplanted from California.
This initial spark has lead to 14 years of dedicated practice and engaged study with a cadre of Monastic teachers as well as internationally recognized Vipassana and Mindfulness teachers.
Since 2007 I've been the retreat manager for DharmaPunx NYC. In 2011 I began leading a monthly class at the New York DharmaPunx group and in 2014, I received my Facilitator Certification from Against the Stream Meditation Center in Los Angeles.
In 2015 I began bringing Mindfulness and Meditation into corporate settings around Manhattan and became a member of the teaching staff at M N D F L the first fully dedicated Meditation studio in New York.
My teaching style is very practical and emphasizes embodiment, compassion and practical wisdom that can be brought off the cushion into your day to day life.
Having seen the transformational power of Mindfulness and meditation in my own life has lead me to dedicate the majority of my time and energy to bringing this practice to others. In addition to continuing the training process towards full empowerment with Against the Stream Meditation Center, I've been trained through iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) as a Life Coach.
By combining the power of awareness and the clarifying work of the coaching partnership I'm able to help clients target the aspects of their lives that are out of alignment. Through connecting with what makes them feel most excited and alive clients are naturally empowered to drop old patterns and move towards a sense of meaning, purpose and fulfillment in life.
More pieces of the puzzle
I've been fascinated with jewelry and adornment as long as I can remember. This fixation lead me to train in Jewelry and Metals at Rhode Island School of Design and SUNY New Paltz. Launched in 2010, MettaMetalworks is my personal line of jewelry. Often the pieces are inspired by talks I've listened to or aspects of practice that I find inspiring. Sometimes they are just silly reminders not to take things so seriously.
People in my classes often note that the hardest aspect of practice is finding a way to bring the skills off the cushion and into daily life. This has been my experience as well. I'm a visual person- so visual reminders work well for me. MettaMetalworks grows out of this observation- It's jewelry that's Designed to Remind. There are so many powerful reflections from the teachings- the story of the second arrow, our desire for true happiness, compassion- but it can also be as simple as a little string blessing cord from your last retreat.